specialty crops

USDA Invests $11M In Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers

Dan Cooper Avocado, Berries, Fruit, Grapes, Hemp, Hops, Horticulture, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Mangos, Mushrooms, Nuts, Olives, Onion, Organic, Peaches, Pecan, Pomegranates, potato, Produce, Stone Fruit, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables, Watermelon

WASHINGTON (USDA-Oct. 3, 2019) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers. “This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty …


Food Safety Advice

Abbey Taylor Food Safety, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Although food safety is always on the minds of growers, 2018 was a notable year for this issue due to widespread E. coli outbreaks. Trevor Suslow, vice president of food safety with the Produce Marketing Association, recently gave some food safety advice to the produce industry. Suslow says that producers need to have a sound produce safety management plan. If …


Looking Beyond the 2018 E. coli Outbreaks

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Food safety continues to be a hot topic in the vegetable and specialty crop industry, especially after the E. coli outbreaks in 2018. One of the commodity conferences offered at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference was focused on food safety. The session began with a presentation by Trevor Suslow, vice president of food safety with the Produce Marketing …

More Produce Recalled from E. coli Outbreak

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Taylor Hillman More produce is coming off the shelf after the farm linked to the romaine E. coli outbreak was identified last week. The Federal Drug Administration pinpointed a Santa Maria, California, farming operation, Adam Bros. Farming, as one of the sources of romaine lettuce that contained a strain of E. coli bacteria that sickened people in October. The company is now …

UPDATED: E. coli Source Released

Abbey Taylor Food Safety, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

Update on E. coli outbreak (Dec. 14): According to a release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the E. coli outbreak has been traced back to a single farm’s irrigation reservoir. The farm is located in Santa Barbara County, California. According to the FDA release, the farm has not shipped lettuce since Nov. 20 and is being cooperative with …


Lettuce Lessons – An AgNet Media Commentary

Dan Cooper Food Safety, Leafy Vegetables, Vegetables

Florida growers of romaine lettuce are losing millions of dollars at the start of their season, even though harvest dates should clear the Florida crop in the present recall. By Gary Cooper The E. coli romaine lettuce scare coming out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last Tuesday effectively shut down the movement of this lettuce variety throughout …

Florida Growers Angered with CDC, FDA E. coli Announcement

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

Most have probably seen in the news that there has been another E. coli outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are advising consumers to refrain from eating any romaine lettuce from any source until the origin of this outbreak is discovered. Florida growers are now going to suffer from a dried-up market, even though the tainted lettuce …

oriental fruit fly

Putnam and the USDA Declare the Oriental Fruit Fly Eradicated in Miami-Dade County

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Stone Fruit, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have declared eradication in the Oriental fruit fly outbreak in the predominantly agricultural Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Due to early detection and rapid response, no quarantine was required during this program. This successful Oriental fruit fly eradication is the second one during this …