Mike Stuart Discusses FFVA Convention, Joyner and Hall of Fame

Abbey Taylor Produce, Top Posts

The 75th Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) Convention took place this week at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, where AgNet Media’s Josh McGill caught up with outgoing FFVA President Mike Stuart. Stuart discussed record attendance at the convention, the announcement of his successor and his nomination into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. Stuart said he is excited to see …

Exploring Alternative Crops for Hastings, Florida

Breanna Kendrick Cole Crop, Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Breanna Kendrick Hastings is the potato capital of Florida, but local potato growers  recently have been facing marketing challenges and contract reductions. Therefore, interest in alternative crops for the region is growing. Gary England, director of the University of Florida’s Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, and his team have been researching alternative crops for the Hastings area. They are conducting …

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FDACS Delivers Thousands of Pounds of Food to Hurricane Florence Victims

Dan Cooper Industry News Release

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has delivered thousands of servings of food to Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina. The department coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ready and deliver USDA Foods to disaster relief sites and shelters. USDA Foods include a variety of canned, fresh, …

Program Vows to Create Peach Variety Ideal for the Lower Coastal Plain

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Research, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

A program based in Byron, Georgia, is working on developing peach varieties perfect for the lower coastal plain. Now, the lower coastal plain consists of growers in South Georgia and a few in North Florida. However, according to Tom Beckman, U.S. Department of Agriculture research horticulturist, this industry could grow tremendously. He says it has the potential to stretch through …

Commissioner Putnam Announces 2019 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Honorees

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation announced the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees for 2019. The induction ceremony will be held at the Florida State Fair’s Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet on Feb. 12, 2019. More information is available FloridaAgHallofFame.org. “Agriculture is Florida’s oldest industry, and it continues to support …

Senators Take Aim at Unfair Trade Practices Hurting Florida Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Trade, Vegetables

U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation to help Florida fruit and vegetable growers combat unfair trade practices. The bill comes amid long-standing and increasing complaints from Florida farmers that Mexican growers illegally flood the U.S. market with subsidized produce during the winter season. Florida is one of the few places in the country that can …

Locally Grown Pomegranate Varieties in Florida Are Promising for the Future

Abbey Taylor Produce, Research, Top Posts

Ali Sarkhosh, assistant professor and Extension specialist at the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, is researching how well pomegranates will grow in Florida’s climate. The economic potential for growing pomegranates in Florida is currently unknown at this time. Research continues on the possibility of finding pomegranate cultivars that can grow in Florida. Florida’s wet season, accompanied by hot …

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Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association Appoints Joyner as New President

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association Chairman Paul R. Orsenigo announced that Mike Joyner has been named as the organization’s new president effective Oct. 15. Joyner’s experience in agricultural and environmental issues runs deep. Most recently, he served as assistant commissioner of agriculture and chief of staff for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, helping to lead the state Department of Agriculture and …