Grower Gives Farm Bill Input on Labor and Research

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Labor was a hot topic during the farm bill listening session on June 24 in Gainesville, Florida. The meeting was an opportunity for growers and industry leaders to voice their opinions on what they would like to see in the 2018 farm bill. Danny Johns of Blue Sky Farms is a fourth-generation potato farmer, a Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association …

House Agriculture Committee Holding Specialty Crops Hearing

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The House Committee on Agriculture has announced it will hold a committee hearing next Wednesday, July 12, titled “The Next Farm Bill: Technology & Innovation in Specialty Crops.” Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement: “Specialty crop production is a pivotal and growing sector of our agriculture industry. As we look at the farm bill through the …

Air Potato Patrol Mobilizes Public in Recon of Problem Plant

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Florida, air potato is a state-wide problem, but the battle against the invasive plant starts in greenbelts and back yards, according to scientists with the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Experts are calling on the public to join the Air Potato Patrol, a citizen …

Carrot Industry Emerging in Florida

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By Danielle Treadwell Most people are surprised to learn that Florida has a carrot industry. While carrots have been historically produced throughout the state, the amount of land dedicated to carrot production in Florida has been limited relative to other crops like citrus or tomatoes. California has led the nation in carrot production for decades, and that will likely continue. …

Panetta Recognizes Similar Problems for U.S. Growers

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The problems faced by growers in California are some of the same issues faced in places such as Florida and Georgia, Jimmy Panetta of California’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives says. “Coming from the specialty crop capital … the salad bowl of the world, Salinas Valley, you realize that we’re not alone,” Panetta says. Panetta says …

Alabama Insect Update

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Heavy rainfall has decreased the number of pests in Alabama. However, the pests have not disappeared. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gives an update on what he is finding in his sticky traps. The increased rainfall in the Southeast has kept the pests somewhat at bay. Majumdar says he is receiving more calls about …

Yoho Honored to Host First Farm Bill Listening Session

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Ted Yoho, Florida’s 3rd district representative, was excited to host the first Farm Bill listening session in his district on June 24. He said these sessions are crucial if the House Agriculture Committee is to create a Farm Bill that will pass on the first round, and he was honored to host the committee in Gainesville for the first stop …

Natural Resource Meeting Explains Farm Bill Programs, Seeks Recommendations

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Gainesville, Fla. – In an effort to assist agricultural producers in meeting their land management goals while protecting our natural resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will conduct a State Technical Advisory Committee meeting August 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Doyle Conner Agriculture …