Scott Declares Wildfire Emergency

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by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida More than 100 wildfires were burning across Florida as the week began, with 23 consuming more than 100 acres. And the state has yet to get into the lightning-filled warmer months. On Tuesday, the Cabinet kicked-off a pre-planned “wildfire awareness week” with Gov. Rick Scott issuing an executive order that declared a …

USDA Cites Felda Vegetable Farms Inc. in Florida for Failure to Pay for Produce and the Company Satisfies Terms of Consent Decision and Order

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WASHINGTON – In a complaint filed on Jan. 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleged that Felda Vegetable Farms Inc. (Felda Vegetable), of Felda, Fla. failed to make full payment promptly in the total amount of $232,347 to 6 sellers for multiple lots of produce in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). Subsequent to the complaint …

H-2A Basics Training Program

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The UF/IFAS Farm Labor Supervisor Training Program Presents: H-2A BASICS – PART 1 AND PART 2 Thursday, April 27 UF/IFAS Southwest FL Research & Education Center, Immokalee 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The classes are free and a sponsored lunch will be provided Classes will be presented in English only H-2A Basics Part 1: Bringing in a temporary legal workforce …

Alabama Farmers Federation Welcomes Kay Ivey

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by Jeff Helms, Alabama Farmers Federation The Alabama Farmers Federation today welcomed Kay Ivey as Alabama’s 54th governor, noting her rural background and appreciation of farmers is good news for Alabama agriculture. Federation President Jimmy Parnell expressed confidence in Ivey’s leadership. “Gov. Ivey has always been a friend to farmers,” Parnell said. “She understands the importance of agriculture and forestry …

Pence, Ross, to Talk Trade with Japan

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Vice President Mike Pence and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will travel to Japan to discuss trade later this month. The duo is scheduled to travel to Tokyo on April 18th. The U.S. officials will meet with Japan’s finance, foreign and industry Ministers. Japan is the top export market for the U.S. pork industry, and the National Pork Producers Council has …

Mexico Approves ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta

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Mexico has signed-off on ChemChina’s acquisition of Swiss-based Syngenta. The Federal Economic Competition Commission of Mexico recently announced approval the $43 billion takeover of Syngenta by the state-owned Company, ChemChina. The two companies call the move a step towards closing the transaction, which is expected to take place in the second quarter of this year. The approval by Mexico follows …

Grow Your Own Watermelons This Summer

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Watermelons are a great treat for beating the heat. They also prefer the heat if you’re thinking about growing your own this year. Soils need to be at least 70 degrees to avoid problems with germination. You can start the seedlings indoors, or in a greenhouse, then transplant them when the weather is favorable. Watermelons prefer a slightly acidic soil …

Nutrients Are Nice, but Produce Better Pass the Taste Test

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By: Brad Buck GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumers want produce that tickles their taste buds and is easy on the eye, but they think quality fruits and vegetables are a matter of luck, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. The fact that consumers purchase produce to satisfy their senses – not necessarily for its nutrients …