Whiteflies Already a Concern for Georgia Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cole Crop, Florida, Georgia, Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables, Weather

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist Stormy Sparks said whiteflies are present in Georgia vegetables. This is not good since cotton farmers have begun planting their crop, and whiteflies like to feed on cotton plants as well. “There’s some. I don’t know if it’s worse or better or whatever compared to other years. Apurba’s been running …

Boxed Produce Leads to Sweet Results

Clint Thompson Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Thinking inside the box helped Brill Brim sell fruit and vegetables while providing an outlet for consumers to buy local produce. Brim, a Tifton, Georgia farmer, was overwhelmed with the positive response his produce boxes generated in the South Georgia area this week. The co-owner of Lewis Taylor Farms said they sold between 1,300 and 1,400 produce …

Timing is Everything for Florida Farmer

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Timing is everything, and for Florida produce farmer Will Hyatt, it might be the key to a successful season. Hyatt, who farms bell peppers and cantaloupes in Lake Wales, Florida, has been picking melons for more than a week. He was fortunate not to have to deal with the challenge of marketing produce during the onset of …

Freezing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Extends Shelf Life

Clint Thompson Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Not all freshly picked fruits and vegetables are meant to be eaten right away. Freezing them will extend their shelf life. If fresh produce is properly frozen, much of the flavor that consumers savor and nutritional value that is constantly promoted will be retained. Elizabeth Andress, a faculty member in the University of Georgia College of Family …

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Statement by Commissioner Nikki Fried on USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling Enforcement

Clint Thompson Florida, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

Tallahassee, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced it would temporarily suspend enforcement of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for fresh fruit and vegetables in response to COVID-19, allowing products sold to foodservice businesses to be redistributed to grocery stores, markets, and other retail businesses. COOL food package labeling clearly identifies in what country …

Georgia Peanut Commission Adding Own Flavor to Farmer’s Produce Boxes

Clint Thompson Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) is adding its own flavor to produce boxes being sold this week by Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton, Georgia. For the second straight week, Lewis Taylor Farms is selling boxed produce to consumers in South Georgia. The orders of self-quarantine amid the current coronavirus pandemic means there’s a lack of a foodservice …

Alabama Farmer: I Think Everybody’s Eyes Have Been Opened

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Fruit, Peaches, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Alabama fruit and vegetable farmer John Aplin has experienced a 500% increase in his strawberry customers this year. He believes it’s due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its effect on people’s buying habits. “I know that we all didn’t get a 300, 400 or 500% increase in people who buy fresh fruits and vegetables this year,” …

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Florida Department of Agriculture Awarded $850,000 in USDA Research Funding

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts, Vegetables

Tallahassee, Fla. – On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $9.5 million in funding to 11 collaborative, multi-state projects that seek to boost the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) was awarded $850,816 to support research related to improvements in lettuce resistance to Bacterial Leaf Spot (BLS), funded through the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). “As the …