FDA Proposal: Changes to FSMA Rule Will Enhance Safety of Water Used on Produce

Clint Thompson Irrigation, Top Posts, Water

FDA Proposes Changes to Food Safety Modernization Act Rule to Enhance Safety of Agricultural Water Used on Produce The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule on Thursday that aims to enhance the safety of produce. It proposes to require farms to conduct comprehensive assessments that would help them identify and mitigate hazards in water used to …

Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rule Modifying Methodology for Setting AEWR

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Labor, Top Posts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced this week a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on its proposal to modify the methodology used to determine the hourly Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) for the H-2A program. The proposed changes will better enable the department to meet its statutory mandate to ensure the employment of H-2A workers will …

Thrips Populations Vary Across Florida

Clint Thompson Florida, Pests, Top Posts

According to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline, thrips populations vary across the state. Chilli thrips are present in pepper crops in central Florida, mostly in low to moderate numbers. But they are higher in other locations. Florida flower thrips, western flower thrips and melon thrips have been observed in low numbers. Asian bean thrips have been reported on …

Strawberry Growers: Scout for Spider Mites

Clint Thompson Pests, Strawberry, Top Posts

According to the University of Georgia Strawberry blog, it is important for strawberry growers to scout their fields for possible spider mites, especially this early in the production season. “Early detection is important since research has proven that even low numbers of mites can reduce yields,” according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent …

Labor Crisis: Farmers Need to Vocalize Concerns for Reform to Occur

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Labor, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Southeast producers who have concerns over the proposed Farm Workforce Modernization Act are encouraged to voice their displeasure to members of Congress. It is the only way real change can be made with the current Ag labor system, says Bob Redding, who works for the Redding Firm and serves as a lobbyist for agricultural groups in Washington, …

DOL Extends Comment Period for COVID Vaccination, Testing ETS

Clint Thompson Labor, Top Posts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the comment period for the COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) to Jan. 19, 2022. OSHA extended the comment period by 45 days to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment. Submit comments identified …

AgNet Media Magazine Gets New Name

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

Beginning in January 2022, Vegetable and Specialty Crops News (VSCNews) will have a new name. The monthly trade magazine that debuted from AgNet Media four years ago will become Specialty Crop Industry. Not only is the new name more concise, but it also more accurately reflects the scope of the magazine’s content and audience. Although AgNet Media is dropping the …

UF Faculty Part of National Team Awarded $7.5 Million USDA-NIFA Grant

Clint Thompson Florida, Pecan, Top Posts

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A University of Florida plant pathologist is part of a national team studying ambrosia beetles in fruit trees and woody ornamental crops, thanks to a $7.5 million federal grant. University of Florida (UF) plant pathologist Romina Gazis, who studies fungal-associated diseases affecting many types of tropical and subtropical crops, and her colleagues received a grant from the …