Lettuce Lessons – An AgNet Media Commentary

Dan Cooper Food Safety, Leafy Vegetables, Vegetables

Florida growers of romaine lettuce are losing millions of dollars at the start of their season, even though harvest dates should clear the Florida crop in the present recall. By Gary Cooper The E. coli romaine lettuce scare coming out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last Tuesday effectively shut down the movement of this lettuce variety throughout …

water quality

A Florida Perspective on Agricultural Water Issues

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Rich Budell Vegetable and specialty crop producers in the Southeast face many challenges, including labor, disease, trade and weather. An additional — often underappreciated and complicated — issue involves management and protection of fresh water resources. Access to adequate quantities of fresh water during the growing season is critical to production success. Protecting downstream receiving waters from potential adverse …

Ag Angels: Making Christmas Merrier

Abbey Taylor Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Scott Kirouac walked into his grandson’s school some 11 years ago to check in for a Christmas program. A little girl walked in to turn in a note, and Kirouac couldn’t help but notice she was wearing a very dirty dress and duct-taped shoes that were too big. He shared with the staff how sad it was …

Florida Growers Angered with CDC, FDA E. coli Announcement

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

Most have probably seen in the news that there has been another E. coli outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are advising consumers to refrain from eating any romaine lettuce from any source until the origin of this outbreak is discovered. Florida growers are now going to suffer from a dried-up market, even though the tainted lettuce …


FFVA Urges FDA to Find Source of Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Swiftly

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Vegetables

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are advising consumers to avoid eating romaine lettuce because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick. No grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified. The FDA is conducting a traceback investigation, and the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association strongly …

Fried Attends Lunch Meeting with Ag Leaders

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

At a lunch meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, with representatives of many of the state’s agricultural organizations, Florida Agriculture Commissioner-Elect Nikki Fried told the group she plans to be a “champion for this industry” in her new role. Several major issues facing Florida agriculture were discussed during the lunch meeting, which was the first meeting of its kind with Fried since …


Fried Excited to Serve Florida Agriculture

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

After the recount madness that ended on Nov. 18, Fort Lauderdale lawyer Nikki Fried claimed victory to be Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture. Fried has quickly shifted her focus to the future as the commissioner-elect and is getting ready for a smooth transition. In an exclusive interview with AgNet Media’s Randall Weiseman, Fried talked about her campaign as well as …