New Tool to Navigate the H-2A Program

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Navigating the H-2A program can be confusing and cumbersome. But, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), growers applying to the program now have a new tool in the form of an interactive H-2A checklist. According to Kaveh Sadeghzadeh, deputy director of communications for USDA farm production and conservation, “The H-2A checklist tool is the first phase of an …

2019 Legislative Sessions Wrap-Up

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Legislative, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

The 2019 legislative sessions in Florida, Georgia and Alabama have officially ended. Each year, agriculture advocates from all three states work tirelessly to fight for their industry. This article serves as a summary of how agriculture fared in the Florida, Georgia and Alabama sessions. Florida: Some Success, but More Work to Be Done By Adam Basford Going into the 2019 …

industrial hemp

Providing Hemp Information

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hemp, Top Posts

As hemp hype continues to grow, finding correct information about the crop can be a difficult task. In a recent interview, CEO of Green Point Research David Hasenauer discusses the nitty-gritty of growing hemp and hemp regulations with AgNewsWire’s Cindy Zimmerman. Listen to the full interview:


Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Soil, Vegetables

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (UF/IFAS) — Like much of what lies just beneath the earth’s surface, soil microbes present a mystery. University of Florida scientist Sarah Strauss seeks to help untangle the web of intrigue surrounding soil microbes to improve agricultural production in Florida and globally. “There are microbial activities going on that we don’t exactly understand. It’s known as the ‘black …

New Watermelon Rootstock Proves Pest, Disease Resistant

Karla Arboleda Pests, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Karla Arboleda Southeastern watermelon growers have been struggling with fusarium wilt and nematodes for decades, but a new rootstock may be the light at the end of the tunnel. Carolina Strongback, a new watermelon rootstock, is said to be resistant toward fusarium wilt and nematodes. The watermelon line was developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural …

Encouraging Plant Breeding Innovation

Abbey Taylor Research, Technology, Top Posts

Plant breeding tends to be a point of contention between the industry and urbanites. However, Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association, believes all crops begin at plant breeding. “We look at plant breeding as the base of agriculture,” says LaVigne. LaVigne believes innovation in plant breeding has helped the industry understand why a plant does …


Alabama Growers Given Green Light on Hemp

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Hemp, Top Posts

Growers in Alabama are now able to plant hemp seeds and be among the first in the Southeast to be a part of this budding industry. AgNet Media’s Randall Weiseman recently spoke with Hassey Brooks, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries’ deputy commissioner, about the new Alabama hemp pilot program. According to Brooks, the department allowed growers to begin …

Agriculture Advancements Get Boost from Technology Advocate

Karla Arboleda Agri-business, Technology, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Nikolas Badminton says he has spent his career helping the world move forward by adopting technology. As CEO of Exponential Minds, a company that helps people invest in advanced technologies, Badminton sees plenty of opportunity to work with growers. “We’ve got more data than we’ve ever had before,” he says. Badminton summarizes information he presented at the …