Florida Olive Pest Potential

Jaci Schreckengost Olives, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) are studying the pest possibilities in Florida olive plants. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, associate Extension scientist at UF, says in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service her team is looking for signs of pests in Florida olive crops. Her team is currently examining four different olive crop plots once per month …

Irma Storm Damage?

Josh McGill NRCS, Weather

Federal Program Provides Help Release from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service If your area suffers damage from a natural disaster, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can help. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) relieves imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms and hurricanes. Aid may include financial and technical assistance to remove debris from …

NRCS Offers Organic Initiatives for Growers

Abbey Taylor NRCS, Organic, Top Posts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) is working to raise awareness about available programs for organic growers. Monica Jones, district conservationist covering Alachua, Bradford and Union counties in Florida, exhibited at the inaugural Organic Food & Farming Summit in Gainesville on September 17–19 to do just that. Jones says NRCS has an initiative in the …

Growers Come Together at FFVA Convention

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) 74th Annual Convention took place this week from September 25-27. Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for FFVA, said the event went very well. Lochridge was pleasantly surprised with the turnout, given the even was following Hurricane Irma. “What we found was that people were ready to get away, come fellowship with each …

Gary Vallad Awarded Researcher of the Year

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

Gary Vallad, professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida, was awarded researcher of the year today during the award luncheon at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) annual convention. Vallad is stationed at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, Florida. He works on several crops including tomato, watermelon, pomegranate and more. Vallad says it …

Southeastern Effects from Hurricane Irma

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Weather

Many southeastern growers are facing unique circumstances due to Hurricane Irma in September. Florida Representative Rick Roth from Palm Beach County spoke about the hurricane with AgNet Media’s Josh McGill at Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association’s annual convention. He says the time following Hurricane Irma that consisted of no rainfall helped Palm Beach County dry up the flooding issues caused …

Organic Growers Give Input for 2018 Farm Bill

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

As the 2018 farm bill discussion continues, many growers are pressing to get their voices heard by those writing the bill. At the inaugural Florida Organic Food & Farming Summit in Gainesville, a workshop on September 18 allowed growers to discuss their concerns and suggestions for the farm bill. Sarah Hackney, grassroots director at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), …

Rep. Raburn Gives State of the Industry Address at FFVA Convention

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) kicked off its annual convention today in Amelia Island, Florida. Representative Jake Raburn gave a state of the industry address at the convention. He said the state of the industry is more about the state of Irma. Raburn has been assessing the damage and devastation to the industry caused by Hurricane Irma and …