Improving Disease Management for Florida Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida's (UF) Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) are working to deliver more disease and virus management tools to growers in their area. According to Pamela Roberts, a plant pathology professor at the SWFREC, the main vegetable and specialty crops grown in the area include bell peppers, cucumbers, squash,…

Hurricane Irma Damage Concerns

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Florida growers are doing what they can to prepare for Hurricane Irma. As the storm quickly approaches, vegetable growers in southwest Florida are thinking about the possible damage ahead. Calvin Arnold, center director at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, says growers have been working to get ready for their fall crop. He says…

Hurricane Harvey Reinforces Concerns Over Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release

Contact: Danielle Alvarez, (786) 586-3989, dalvarez@mercuryllc.com Farmers know firsthand just how unpredictable Mother Nature can be. We send our prayers to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and are reminded that, in Florida, we can’t ignore the lessons that come from communities inundated by Harvey’s flood waters. Hurricane Harvey is a reminder of Florida’s critical need to complete…

Georgia Congressional Delegation Fights for Specialty Crops

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, NAFTA, Top Posts

Contact: Rachel Ledbetter, 202-225-6531 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation, led by U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08), sent a letter to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative. The letter urges a separate domestic industry provision for perishable and seasonable products in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings through North American Free…

Specialty Crop Growers Want Changes to NAFTA

Abigail Taylor NAFTA, Top Posts, Trade

Specialty crop growers are more than ready to see changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). While certain agriculture industries have fared well from the agreement, such as potatoes, apples and cherries, specialty crops have not. Established in 1994, NAFTA created free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico. However, the United…

Georgia Grape Growers Work Around Weather Challenges

Jaci Schreckengost Grapes, Top Posts

Georgia’s varying elevation and the weather that comes along with it have positive and negative effects for the state’s grape growers. University of Georgia's Lumpkin County Extension Agent Clark MacAllister says different elevations and weather allow for different grape varieties to be grown in different areas of the state. Below 1,200 feet in elevation, where…

Field Day for Georgia Pecan Growers

Abigail Taylor Pecan, Top Posts

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association is hosting its annual Georgia Pecan Fall Field Day on September 7 in Tifton. This year’s event will feature an orchard tour at the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension Ponder Farm, along with a presentation of the latest pecan research. UGA horticulturalists and entomologists that will be in attendance include…