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USDA Proposes Changes in Handling Requirements for Florida Tomatoes

Clint Thompson Florida, Tomatoes, Top Posts

USDA AMS ProduceJune 15, 2020 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing changes to the handling requirements under the federal marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida. The Florida Tomato Committee recommended the changes to bring previously exempt Roma tomatoes under the marketing order’s handling regulations. The committee also recommended developing exemption language for greenhouse and hydroponic tomatoes by …

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Market Looking Good for Tomato Growers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Tomato growers across the Southeast are enjoying high prices right now, which marks a significant change from March when Florida producers had to leave many in the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. That is not the case anymore, however, says Michael Schadler, executive vice president at the Florida Tomato Exchange. “Market price has been high. Coming down …

Produce Market Ripening With Success for Some Vegetables

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, Leafy Vegetables, Produce, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, Watermelon

By Clint Thompson The produce market is ripening with success for some commodities. Prices are incredibly high for some vegetables, while others are still struggling to compete with imports from Mexico, says Tift County farmer Bill Brim. The co-owner of Lewis Taylor Farms said watermelons, round tomatoes and cabbage are three commodities really doing well for farmers right now. “I …

Severe Drought in Alabama Having Little Impact on Produce

Clint Thompson Alabama, Corn, Fruit, Produce, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, Watermelon

By Clint Thompson A severe drought in Mobile County, Alabama and Baldwin County, Alabama is not negatively influencing fruit and vegetable production, says Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension vegetable specialist. “Most of the veggies down there are irrigated,” Kemble said. “I don’t know anyone that doesn’t irrigate, frankly, in that area.” Irrigation is important in that area right now. In the …

UGA Researcher: Vegetable Morphology Key in Helping Plant Breeders

Clint Thompson Georgia, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia plant biologist Esther van der Knaap has studied genes in vegetables for more than 20 years. She believes the more information that scientists can obtain about a vegetable’s morphology; referring to its size and shape; the better equipped plant breeders will be in creating new and better cultivars. The lack of knowledge on morphological …

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The Day South Florida Agriculture Changed

Dan Cooper Corn, Cucurbits, Florida, Fruit, General, Grains, Grapes, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Mangos, Mushrooms, Onion, Organic, Peaches, Pecan, Pomegranates, potato, Produce, Stone Fruit, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables, Watermelon, Wheat

Submitted by Gene McAvoy, Regional Vegetable Extension Agent IV Emeritus with UF/IFAS “Up to the end of Feb our growers were having a banner year and it looked like this season would be one of those homeruns that come around every 5-6 years.” Here is a report that I prepared on the state of S Florida ag and shared with …

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FDACS Agricultural and Seafood Availability Notice

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(HCCGA) — FDACS has created the attached form for producers to fill out with their product availability. Once submitted, FDACS will utilize to forward to their Fresh From Florida contacts, as well as the Florida Department of Corrections, food banks and make connections with other State Departments of Agriculture in hopes of providing market opportunities to move product during the Coronavirus …

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Florida’s Tomato Industry Crippled by Pandemic

Clint Thompson Florida, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson With restaurants closed across the country due to coronavirus pandemic, little, if any, of Florida’s tomato crop is being harvested right now. Bob Spencer, President of West Coast Tomato in Palmetto, Florida, said his company farms between 3,500 and 4,000 acres every year but estimates that he’s losing 90% of his business right now. Since about 70% …