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Election Day Commentary: Career Politicians or Dedicated Public Servants?

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Fruit, Labor, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Trade, Vegetables, Watermelon

By Gary Cooper, Founder/President AgNet Media Sometimes the timing of events can really make us think. Over the weekend, our nation lost one of its greatest public servants. Senator John McCain was nothing less than a statesman his entire adult life. Not once in all the recent news media coverage did I see him referred…

Idea Exchange Benefits Growers

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Vegetables

Several growers traveled to LaBelle, Florida, on Tuesday to view research plots by Seminis, a Bayer company. The Seminis plots test new and existing varieties of produce, such as cucumber, squash, tomato, watermelon, pepper,lettuce and green bean. Emily Standley, brand communications manager for Bayer CropScience, says events like this are great for growers to exchange…

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WRAC Discusses EAA Reservoir

Dan Cooper Top Posts, Water

The Water Resources Analysis Coalition (WRAC) held a public forum this morning along with some board members of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Brandon Tucker, governing board member of SFWMD and WRAC facilitator says he was happy with how the forum went and the discussions that took place. One hot topic during the…

Expanding Conference Aims to Engage Seed Industry

Abbey Taylor Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

Seed industry members should mark their calendars for the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. This event will take place Feb. 1–5, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of ASTA, says the Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference has rapidly grown over the…

Dining In vs. Dining Out

Breanna Kendrick Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick A new trend researchers at the University of Florida are noticing is that people are spending more money eating out rather than cooking at home. The average household spends well over $3,000 per year dining out. According to Nan Jensen, an Extension agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and…

Winter Defoliation for Florida Peaches

Breanna Kendrick Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick According to Ali Sarkhosh, assistant professor of tree fruit at the University of Florida, peach growers in Florida should consider the leaves on their peach trees during two times of the year. The first time is after harvesting the fruit in June, July and August. He says it's important to keep the…

Secretary Perdue Comments on Signing of USMCA

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts, USMCA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding the signing of the new trade pact, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), replacing the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): “I have often said that we live in the best neighborhood on Earth – North America – and the signing of a new…

UPDATED: Romaine Investigation Narrows

Abbey Taylor Food Safety, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

Update on E. coli outbreak (Nov. 30): The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has narrowed their search for the source of the E. coli outbreak to six California counties: Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura. However, the FDA has warned that more counties may be added to that…