Southeastern Effects from Hurricane Irma

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Weather

Many southeastern growers are facing unique circumstances due to Hurricane Irma in September. Florida Representative Rick Roth from Palm Beach County spoke about the hurricane with AgNet Media’s Josh McGill at Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association’s annual convention. He says the time following Hurricane Irma that consisted of no rainfall helped Palm Beach County dry up the flooding issues caused …

Organic Growers Give Input for 2018 Farm Bill

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

As the 2018 farm bill discussion continues, many growers are pressing to get their voices heard by those writing the bill. At the inaugural Florida Organic Food & Farming Summit in Gainesville, a workshop on September 18 allowed growers to discuss their concerns and suggestions for the farm bill. Sarah Hackney, grassroots director at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), …

Rep. Raburn Gives State of the Industry Address at FFVA Convention

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) kicked off its annual convention today in Amelia Island, Florida. Representative Jake Raburn gave a state of the industry address at the convention. He said the state of the industry is more about the state of Irma. Raburn has been assessing the damage and devastation to the industry caused by Hurricane Irma and …

Georgia Pecans Suffer Loss from Hurricane Irma

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

After Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, it went over Georgia. Although it weakened to tropical storm status by the time it hit the state, its strong winds and tremendous rainfall harmed Georgia crops, such as pecans. Like citrus, Georgia pecan trees were inching toward harvest when Irma hit. Samantha McLeod, executive director of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association, says every …

Farmer Files Discrimination Lawsuit over Medical Marijuana Licensing

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

Exclusive Breaking News By Gary Cooper Columbus Smith, an 80-year-old black farmer from Panama City, Florida, filed a lawsuit on September 22 against the Florida Department of Health in the Second Judicial Court in Leon County. He claims a new Florida law unfairly restricts his ability to apply for a license to grow medical marijuana in Florida. Smith is a …

Obtaining Damage Assistance from USDA/FSA

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Many growers have been asking about the type of assistance they can receive to help with their farm damage from Hurricane Irma. According to Gary England, director of the Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) are still collecting and evaluating damage data. Once this process is over, they will have more …

Officials Survey Hurricane Damage in Florida

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

On September 18, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Congressman Tom Rooney and Senator Marco Rubio flew in a helicopter to get an aerial view of farm damage from Hurricane Irma. Described by Rubio as an “agriculture catastrophe,” the storm ravished many Florida crops. Since many Florida vegetables were not in the ground yet, they …