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Florida specialty crop operators hit hard by virus impact, agent says

Gene McAvoy, regional vegetable Extension agent IV emeritus with University of Florida UF/IFAS, shared the following synopsis of conditions in south Florida for specialty crop growers impacted by the coronavirus challenges. “Up to the end... more »

MSU webinar focuses on selling at farmers’ markets during pandemic

An April 14 webinar at noon EDT will focus on selling at farmers' markets, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on that effort. Novel coronavirus is changing how food businesses can sell their products.... more »

With crops in the ground, Florida watermelon growers face uncertainty

Today, as fruit and vegetable farmers in south Florida decide what to do with produce once destined for now-closed schools and restaurants, watermelon farmers in north Florida have recently finished planting their crop. Given the... more »

COVID-19 keeps Georgia produce growers from hiring labor, exporting crops

Georgia produce farmers are used to fighting plant diseases on their crops, but planting resistant varieties or spraying pesticides won’t keep Coronavirus (COVID-19) away. This disease has shut down borders and reduced access to the... more »

Bowery Farming increases produce donations to nonprofit partners

Bowery Farming (Bowery), a sustainable indoor farming operation in New York City, said April 8 it is furthering support for its nonprofit partners, including Table to Table and Maryland Food Bank, by providing over 400 pounds... more »

Florida finds ways to connect produce sellers, buyers

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers' markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but... more »

California Strawberry Commission plans to ‘harvest every box’ during pandemic

The California Strawberry Commission (CSC) wrote in an open letter to distributors April 8 it would "harvest every box" during the April-May harvests, despite the disruption caused by the new coronavirus. California blueberry harvests during... more »

Ocean Mist Farms launches spring artichoke promotion

Castroville, California-based Ocean Mist Farms, a grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., announces the launch of its annual spring promotion elevating the health and nutrition of their famous Gold Standard artichokes. With... more »

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