Collins, Scott Urge Trump Administration to Protect American Farmers From Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Uncategorized, USMCA

ATLANTA, Ga. – Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging the Administration to protect American farmers from Mexico’s unfair trade practices as it works to implement the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “As you may know, Mexico’s increased market share of produce and perishable goods at record-low prices in the …

Strategies for Sourcing Approved Inputs

Ashley Robinson Uncategorized

By Sarah Bostick Access to approved inputs is a challenge in states with few certified organic farms. Agricultural supply stores in these states often don’t have enough demand to keep approved products in stock. But with a little creativity, you can get your hands on all the inputs you need. WHERE TO LOOK Two independent groups determine if an input …

Rapid and Sensitive Method for Detection of Phytophthora Capsici in Irrigation Water Sources

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Water

Emran Ali, Owen Hudson, Justin Hand, and Sumyya Waliullah Georgia ranks among the top three states in the nation in vegetable production. One of the most serious diseases in vegetable production in Georgia is Phytophthora blight, caused by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora capsici. It is a water mold that attacks the roots, foliage, and fruit, causing root rot, crown rot, …

Hot, Dry Weather Impacts Florida’s Tropical Fruits

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit, Uncategorized, Weather

By Clint Thompson Florida’s hot and dry weather this winter and spring has impacted its tropical fruits, according to Jonathan Crane, University of Florida tropical fruit crop specialist. From lychees to avocados and mangos, none were immune to high temperatures over the past few months. Lychee requires exposure to cooler temperatures. If they don’t get much of that, they don’t …

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PACA Information Related to COVID-19 Impacts

Dan Cooper Uncategorized

(USDA/AMS) — Q.        I have been contacted by several customers that purchased produce from me requesting extensions to our payment terms or to make partial payments as a result of the economic turmoil relating to the COVID-19 emergency. I understand the predicament my customers are facing and am willing to try and help, but I am afraid I could jeopardize …

Seasonal Farm Trade Tensions Between the United States and Mexico

Tacy Callies Top Posts, Trade, Uncategorized

In spite of the good will generated after the United States and Mexico approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, there could be more tensions between the two countries surrounding produce. The Financial Post says Mexico responded to a letter from the top U.S. trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, pledging protectionist measures on seasonal farm trade for producers in the politically important states of …

Georgia Crop Insurance Program Expands; Deadlines Approaching

Karla Arboleda Agri-business, Legislative, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Karla Arboleda Growers in Georgia will soon be facing deadlines to secure their crop insurance. The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) office in Valdosta, Georgia, is reminding growers of deadlines related to their crop insurance and new counties that have been added to the program. Davina Lee, USDA RMA regional office director, highlights important dates …