Southeast Climate Hub Developing Hurricane Manual for Landowners

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Southeastern agriculture is faced with many challenges, including hurricanes. Most recently, Hurricanes Irma, Florence and Michael have devastated sectors of southeastern agriculture. Steven McNulty, director of the Southeast U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Hub, wants to help farmers prepare their land as best as they can before a storm hits. McNulty organized a recent meeting in Gainesville to gauge …

Florida-Georgia Water War Rolls On

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

The Florida-Georgia water war has made it to the nation’s highest court and back multiple times due to a dispute about water conservation. The water war involves the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. These rivers begin in Georgia, then join to form the Apalachicola River, which is near the Florida border and flows into the Apalachicola Bay. Florida began the war by requesting limitations on …

Grower Reminder: Be on the Lookout for Blueberry Gall Midge

Abbey Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Top Posts

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association sent out the following release: Time to Monitor for Blueberry Gall Midge Just a reminder to blueberry growers that it is time to monitor for the presence of adult blueberry gall midge on your farms. Adults are typically active beginning in November, with a peak in January and February in Central and South Central Florida, …

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FFVA’s Stuart to Trade Commission: Florida Growers Still Suffering

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

Cheap Mexican imports ‘decimate’ U.S. prices and market share WASHINGTON, D.C. — Farmers in Florida will continue to go out of business if the U.S. government fails to provide critical trade relief to combat cheap Mexican produce imports flooding the market, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association CEO Mike Stuart told members of the International Trade Commission on Thursday. Stuart’s testimony …

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Accepting Applications for Specialty Crop Grants

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Produce, Top Posts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $4 million in expected federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The deadline to submit an application to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is Jan. 11, 2019. The grant, from the U.S. Department of …

Feast on Florida-Grown Foods This Thanksgiving

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Produce, Top Posts

As we sit down to dine during the annual Thanksgiving feast, it’s worth noting that much of what we eat comes from Florida farmers, say University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers. Better still, scientists with UF/IFAS try to see if they can breed and grow certain crops in Florida to help growers and consumers. When …

Florida Growers Facing Blueberry Challenges

Breanna Kendrick Berries, Pollinators, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Citrus root weevil is relatively new to blueberries, but is becoming more of a prevalent issue for some Central Florida growers. Citrus root weevil typically occurs on old citrus ground that has been plowed under for blueberry production. Doug Phillips, blueberry Extension coordinator for the University of Florida (UF), has been trying to identify some controls against …

Lake Okeechobee Algae: A Decades-Long Debate Continues

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Water

As the Lake Okeechobee blue-green algae debate continues, it can be difficult to decipher the truth from misinformation. A debate that has now become a national news story has been decades in the making. The same arguments from north and south of the lake have been made throughout the debate’s history. The algae issues in the waterways on the east …