Florida

Florida issues quarantine for Oriental fruit fly

Florida agriculture officials have established a quarantine zone in the St. Petersburg area after several Oriental fruit flies were found in Pinellas County in recent months. The quarantine covers residential and commercial (nurseries) areas, according... more »

Brighter Bites bounces back from COVID-19 in 2021

Brighter Bites, a nonprofit organization that delivers fresh fruits, vegetables and nutrition education resources directly into families’ hands, has released its 2021 annual report. The report features Brighter Bites’ financials, the number of nutrition education... more »

Florida’s state budget increases university ag research funds

When Florida’s state budget takes effect on July 1, it will include funding for University of Florida agricultural research. The university’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will... more »

Florida launches Farmer Stress Awareness Initiative

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) recently launched the Farmer Stress Awareness Initiative. The FDACS initiative, announced by Florida Agricultural Secretary Nikki Fried June 2 at Plant City-based berry grower Wish Farms, is a... more »

A Q&A with Mike Stuart of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

You could say he started at the bottom and worked his way up. More than 40 years ago, before Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) CEO Mike Stuart started working for specialty crop growers, he... more »

Florida Tomato Exchange alleges Mexican dumping

Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE) is alleging Mexico is engaging in commodity dumping that is hurting U.S. tomato growers around the country. Dumping – the selling of a product in a foreign market at a price... more »

Artichokes might work in Florida, scientist finds

While California grows 99 percent of the nation’s artichokes, the edible plant high in antioxidants might get a chance to grow in the Sunshine State. And that chance could be improved if a University of... more »

Naturipe Farms embraces blockchain tech

Naturipe Farms recently announced it was working with data management firm SAP on a blockchain project to increase food safety and reduce food waste. Blockchain technologies typically act as a digital ledger in which transactions are recorded... more »

NAFTA seasonality reforms a hope for Florida, Georgia

Increased protection from seasonal Mexican imports remains a hope for growers in Florida and Georgia. In an Aug. 8 open letter of support to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a number of trade groups in... more »

3 states produced 76 percent of U.S. veggies in 2017

Just three states account for 76 percent of the country’s vegetable production value during 2017, according to numbers released recently by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. For the 26 selected vegetables and melons estimated... more »

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August 2022 issue of Vegetable Growers News

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SC farming family legacy passes century mark

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