Hemp Industry Looking at Establishing a Trade Association

Dan Cooper Hemp, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Trade

A coalition of hemp farmers, farm service companies, processors, crop insurance agents and lenders, as well as other stakeholders, are looking at possibly establishing a trade association group. The Hagstrom Report says the goal is to have an organization that represents the hemp industry in Washington, D.C. Hemp is currently used to make textiles, paper, paint, oil, biodegradable plastics, and …

Smart Sprayer Technology for Better Weed Control

Abbey Taylor Produce, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Arnold Schumann, Nathan Boyd, Shaun Sharpe and Jialin Yu Most vegetable and strawberry crops in Florida are grown on raised, fumigated soil beds covered with plastic mulch and fertigated with drip tape. Fortunately, the plastic mulch suppresses most weeds that would otherwise grow rapidly and outcompete the crops in Florida’s warm subtropical climate. The open holes that are punched …

Managing Phytophthora Blight in Peppers

Alison DeLoach Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Phytophthora blight is a disease that can destroy pepper crops. Mary Hausbeck, a professor and Extension specialist in plant pathology from Michigan State University, spoke at the Southeast Fruit and Vegetable Conference about research she is conducting to help growers better understand this disease. Hausbeck tells growers site selection is one of the most important factors to …


Florida Senate Ag Chair on Water: ‘Science Is on Our Side’

Dan Cooper Florida, Legislative, Water

During Wednesday evening’s Florida Cattlemen Association legislative reception festivities near the state Capitol, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Ben Albritton said water issues abound in discussion circles this year. In this brief report, Albritton emphasized agriculture’s presence in the legislative process is critical. He added that the facts about agriculture must be heard above misinformation and misguided rhetoric that too often …

Dieting Trends and the Produce Industry

Abbey Taylor Business, Produce, Top Posts

Major trends in dieting can make or break some industries. Don Goodwin, president of Golden Sun Marketing, briefly discussed how current diet trends apply to the produce industry during his presentation at the American Seed Trade Association’s Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. The produce industry has an interesting relationship with trendy diets. “Generally, trendy diets are supportive of fruits and …


Trump Budget Rapped Over Everglades Money

Dan Cooper Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Legislative

Environmentalists and some high-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are criticizing his proposed budget for not including enough money for Everglades restoration. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., issued a news release Wednesday saying the White House budget request “failed to include sufficient funding for …

Improving Fruit Quality in Strawberries

Alison DeLoach Fruit, Strawberry, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Plant geneticists are always searching for ways to improve fruit quality.  At the recent North American Strawberry Growers Symposium Conference in Orlando, Florida, Kim Lewers, plant geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, presented her research and the methods she uses to breed strawberries. Lewers discussed in detail how she breeds for certain traits, such as disease …


Putnam Named CEO of Ducks Unlimited

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Top Posts

Former Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was named Wednesday as chief executive officer of the national group Ducks Unlimited. Putnam finished his second term as agriculture commissioner in January after losing a Republican primary for governor. He will begin leading Ducks Unlimited, which works to conserve waterfowl habitats, on April 1. “I joined Ducks Unlimited when I was 16 and …