Southeast

Florida grower Dustin Grooms named Veteran of the Month by ag commissioner

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has named Staff Sgt. Dustin Grooms, a fourth-generation farmer and manager of a family-owned strawberry farm in Plant City, as the August selection for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Veteran... more »

AI detects powdery mildew early so growers can manage disease in squash

Plant detectives and engineers from the University of Florida are using artificial intelligence to find a disease early so growers who produce summer squash can keep it under control. Early detection gives farmers a fighting... more »

Harm from Mexican trade cited by Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, growers

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association and a group of Florida growers told U.S. trade officials Aug. 13 that the state’s produce industry is in crisis and called for timely relief from the devastating effects... more »

Southern Innovations 2020 postponed until next year by SEPC

The Southeast Produce Council's Executive Committee announced Aug. 9 that Southern Innovations 2020, which was to be held Sept. 16-19 in Savannah, Georgia, has been postponed until next year due to growing concerns and restrictions... more »

Global research and development hub opened by UPL Ltd.

UPL Ltd. announced Aug. 10 the opening of a new, state-of-the-art research and development hub in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. The OpenAg Center, located in the Alexandria Center for AgTech – Research Triangle at 5... more »

Rep. Sanford Bishop gets Farm Bureau Golden Plow Award

The American Farm Bureau Federation and Georgia Farm Bureau on Aug. 4 presented Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Georgia, with AFBF’s Golden Plow award. The Golden Plow is the highest honor the organization gives to sitting members... more »

North Carolina SweetPotato Commission names Michelle Grainger executive director

The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission, Inc. today announced that Michelle L. Grainger has joined the commission as executive director. With over 20 years of management experience to draw... more »

UF/IFAS engineer earns national honor for work in micro-irrigation

With his compact-bed geometry design, Sanjay Shukla has helped growers around the world save on water, fertilizer and money. In Shukla’s design, taller, narrow beds of soil replace shorter, wider ones. Current beds tend to... more »


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