Florida Blueberry Season Expected to Have Great Run

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

The 2017 Florida blueberry season is looking very hopeful. After dodging the freezes that had a severely detrimental effect on Georgia’s blueberry industry, it seems that Florida is going to reap the benefits of a great season. The freezes that plagued Georgia’s season didn’t quite make it all the way down to Florida enough to have made significant repercussions on …

Senate Bill 10 Amendment Proposal Brings Improvements, but Concern Remains

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Senate President Joe Negron and other senate leaders proposed some changes to Senate Bill 10 on April 4. After receiving some pushback on the bill, Negron has proposed amendments to make the bill more sufficient for those who would be negatively affected by the original proposal. Senate Bill 10 was introduced by Negron in August 2016 as a way to …

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ASA to House Ag Subcommittee: Keep Sugar Policy Strong Amid Low Prices, Foreign Subsidies

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Sugar

A U.S. sugar policy that costs taxpayers $0, protects American producers against foreign sugar subsidies, and keeps consumer prices among the lowest in the world should remain in effect in the next Farm Bill, according to a top industry economist. Jack Roney, Director of Economics and Policy Analysis for the American Sugar Alliance (ASA), testified today before the House Agriculture …

4 Things You Need to Know About the Produce Safety Rule

Abbey Taylor Food Safety, Top Posts

Compliance dates are quickly approaching for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. There is still some confusion regarding the purpose of the rule, compliance dates and the produce that is covered under the rule. Here are four things you need to know to better understand the rule. Why is this rule necessary? …

Seed Industry to “Storm the Hill”

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Legislative, Seeds

Seed industry advocates will “Storm the Hill” as part of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Legislative Fly-in, Wednesday, April 5, in Washington, D.C.  “Storm the Hill” is a unique opportunity for ASTA members representing every crop and every part of the nation to join together with a unified voice on Capitol Hill.

Georgia Pecan Growers Association Sees Successful Conference

Abbey Taylor Nuts, Top Posts

On March 29, the Georgia Pecan Growers Association held its annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Tifton. The conference was a big success with approximately 800 people in attendance and 85 exhibitors. Some topics discussed included pecan genetics and DNA fingerprinting, pecan scab, management of black pecan aphids and the University of Georgia’s (UGA) new pecan variety, Avalon. Georgia …

USDA Issues Letter on Claims Advisory For Blueberry Grower

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Source: Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association BACKGROUND: Severe freeze events in the Southeastern United States on March 15-16, 2017, have resulted in significant and varying crop damage, particularly for blueberry and peach growers in Georgia and South Carolina. Some reports indicate the freeze event may have damaged 80 percent of the blueberry crop in Southern Georgia and 85 to …

Pomegranate Pruning Techniques

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Top Posts

Andrew Koeser, a professor of landscape management at the University of Florida, recently spoke at the Florida Pomegranate Association growers meeting about pruning pomegranate trees. Koeser discussed a pruning timeline to follow to keep pomegranate trees healthy and promote continuous growth. When the tree is first established, he advised, do not complicate the transplanting process; allow the tree to grow. …