Hemp Industry Association of Florida Begins Statewide Road Tour

Dan Cooper Florida, Hemp, Top Posts

Times are very busy in hemp industry circles these days, particularly in Florida where companies and investor groups are positioning themselves for what many see as a viable new agricultural crop alternative for Florida farmers. We finally caught up with a very busy David Hasenauer in recent days. Hasenauer is president of the new Hemp Industries Association of Florida (HIAF), …

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State Approves Paying Sugar Grower to End Lease

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Lake Okeechobee, Sugar

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) — Florida will pay $2.4 million to a sugar grower as part of an effort to clean and shift water south from Lake Okeechobee through the Everglades. Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet — Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Attorney General Ashley Moody — agreed Tuesday to pay $1,940 an acre to …


Commerce Department Announces Final Dumping Margin of 21% on Mexican Tomato Imports

Dan Cooper Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Tomatoes

International Trade Commission will now Evaluate Injury to U.S. Growers Washington, D.C. (FTE-October 22, 2019) — The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced a final dumping margin of 21 percent in the resumed antidumping investigation of Mexican tomatoes.  This result comes as no surprise to American tomato farmers who have seen domestic production decline significantly in the face of unfairly traded …

NCSU to Update Research Stations with New Technology

Karla Arboleda North Carolina, Research, Technology, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services are working to update research stations with new technology. Together, the two institutions will improve technology in 18 research stations across the state. Jason Ward, an assistant professor in the biological and agricultural engineering department at NCSU, talked about the motivation for …


New Fertilizer Technology May Help Farmers Reduce Nitrogen Load

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release

LIVE OAK, FL (UF/IFAS-Oct. 21, 2019) — In the Suwannee Valley, farmers are diligently searching for solutions, or Best Management Practices (BMPs), to efficiently use fertilizers in crop production. At the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center – Suwannee Valley (UF/IFAS NFREC-SV), a team led by Bob Hochmuth, UF/IFAS Extension regional specialized agent for vegetable crops and assistant center …

PACA Can Help Protect Your Company

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Travis Hubbs Since its foundation in 1930, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) has been promoting fair trade practices in the fresh and frozen fruit and vegetable industry. In enforcing a code of fair business practices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resolved approximately 3,400 PACA claims involving more than $58 million in the past three years alone. PACA …

Blueberry Grower Considerations for Fall and Winter

Abbey Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Jeff Williamson As winter approaches, blueberry plants respond to the changing environment in ways that should be addressed through management practices. Shorter days and cooler nights are environmental cues that stimulate changes in blueberry plant growth and development, such as terminal bud set and the cessation of shoot extension growth, the initiation and development of flower buds, the onset …

What’s New in IR-4 Research

Karla Arboleda Avocado, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Inter-regional Research Project 4 (IR-4) researchers at the University of Florida (UF) recently helped to approve an herbicide for stevia. Janine Spies, the IR-4 southern region field coordinator at UF, focuses on collecting residue data in field trials for various specialty crops. In collaboration with researchers located in 13 states as north as Virginia, as west as …


Growers Should Manage Tomato Bacterial Spot While Seedlings Are in Transplant Facilities

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Tomatoes

New findings from University of Florida scientists could help tomato growers nationwide in their battle against a damaging disease. With 37,000 acres, Florida’s tomato industry is a $520 million-a-year crop, so it’s critical to find sources of diseases so growers can avoid or treat them to sustain their yields. But a bacterium called Xanthomonas can cause bacterial spot in tomatoes, …