Southeast

Why the juice is worth the squeeze this Florida watermelon season

Watermelons are one of the most iconic and important crops in the Suwannee Valley are beginning to fill fields unaware of the uncertain times that the COVID-19 pandemic brings. In contrast, the farmers who grow... more »

New south Florida USDA inspection dock opened by Crowley Logistics

Crowley Logistics recently expanded its on-terminal, perishables handling capabilities by constructing a new USDA inspection dock in Port Everglades, Fla. The new $1.6 million dock has capacity for 80 refrigerated (reefer) containers, more than double... more »

Food supply chain, consumer habits sorted out as store shelves empty

While all industries have been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, food and agriculture have been among the hardest hit segments of the U.S. economy. The primary reason lies in the composition of household food expenditures.... more »

COVID-19’s impacting the entire food supply chain

Much has been recently written about our nation’s food supply and consumer hoarding. I will not repeat what has been said, but rather offer additional perspectives during this trying time. This subject could be examined from... more »

Lipman Family Farms marks Huron move, names Danner as general manager

At the two-year anniversary mark of Immokalee, Florida-based Lipman Family Farms’ acquisition of the greenhouse grower Huron Produce, the company has promoted Marc Danner as the general manager of protected agriculture. ... more »

Getting food from farms to customers helped by UF/IFAS Extension

As the novel coronavirus disrupts the usual methods to deliver food from farms to consumers, University of Florida UF/IFAS Extension agents are helping connect growers with customers. Two such specialists are Sarah Bostick, an agriculture... more »

Employees, churches, healthcare providers, food banks aided by US Sugar

As part of its ongoing local response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Sugar announced April 8 it is contributing nearly 1,000 crates, or the equivalent of 120,000 servings of fresh, locally and American-grown green... more »

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 »

Current Issue

May/June 2023 VGN cover

Ohio grower finds direct sales financially, personally satisfying

Pest, disease damage expected, harvest impacts uncertain

Survey shows … inflation, competition factor in farm market pricing

Taking control: CA storage for asparagus extends season

Steam, chemicals offer weed and pathogen control options

Ionized gas used for food safety

Precision Ag: It’s all about meeting the needs of each plant

Seven takeaways from benchmark survey of markets

Ag Labor Review: Grower concerns help shape NCAE’s mission

 

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