seasonal

Fried on USTR Commitments to Seasonal Produce Protections

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Vegetables

(FDACS) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried offered the following statement regarding formal commitments recently made by U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to protect American seasonal produce growers from unfair trade practices harming the industry: “While discouraging that the USMCA (U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and its implementing legislation lacked protections for our seasonal producers, I thank Ambassador Lighthizer for his formal commitments to …

hemp rules

New Hemp Rules in Effect for Florida

Dan Cooper Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

(FDACS) — On Jan. 1, 2020, food safety and animal feed rules for the new state hemp program under the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) went into effect. Regulations on hemp extract used in food and dairy products and animal feed have been incorporated into existing FCACS programs, hemp food establishment permits are available, and the department’s food safety inspectors are ready to conduct inspections. “We’re …

crop insurance deadline

Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching for Tomatoes and Pecans

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Pecan, Tomatoes

(FDACS) — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is reminding Florida’s tomato and pecan growers of the approaching crop insurance deadline. Growers have until Jan. 31, 2020, to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2020 crop year. Current policyholders who would like to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the Jan. 31 sales closing date …

commissioner

Commissioner Nikki Fried Comments on House Passage of USMCA

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Trade

(FDACS) — The U.S. House passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). In response, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried offered the following statement: “It is deeply disappointing that seasonal protections were not included in this USMCA implementing legislation. For nearly a year, I have called repeatedly for effective, timely relief from unfair trade practices for America’s seasonal produce growers in the USMCA. …

ruling

Commissioner Nikki Fried on Florida-Georgia Water Ruling

Dan Cooper Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

(FDACS) — Following the ruling by a federal judge on Georgia’s consumption of water shared with Florida, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried offered the following statement: “This ruling is a major disappointment for fair, responsible water usage on which both states depend. Georgia’s unchecked disruption of our shared waters in the Apalachicola River has devastated Florida’s oyster industry. I’m encouraging our …

romaine lettuce

Recalled Lettuce in E. coli Outbreak From California, Not Florida

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables

(FDACS) — On Friday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that romaine lettuce associated with an outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 is likely from the Salinas growing region of California. Forty illnesses have been reported across 16 states since Sept. 24. Florida-grown lettuce is not implicated in this outbreak, and the FDA has indicated there are neither positive samples nor reported illnesses …

crop insurance

Crop Insurance Deadlines Near in Florida

Dan Cooper Avocado, Berries, Florida, Fruit, Industry News Release, Pollinators

Avocado, Blueberry, and Pasture, Rangeland, Forage and Apiculture Producers Need to Make Insurance Decisions Soon Tallahassee, FL (FDACS-Oct. 14, 2019) — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (USDA RMA) are reminding Florida avocado, blueberry, pasture, rangeland, and forage (PRF) and apiculture producers that deadlines to apply for crop insurance …

virus

Virus in Mexican Tomatoes Causing Concern, USDA Action Needed

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Tomatoes

Tallahassee, FL (FDACS-Oct. 9, 2019) — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is issuing an alert regarding a virus found in Mexican tomatoes imported into Florida and potentially other U.S. states. ToBRFV, the tomato brown rugose fruit virus, is a highly virulent virus that can cause severe fruit loss in tomatoes and peppers. Imported tomatoes potentially carrying …