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Duda Farm Fresh Foods nears century of sustainability

When Andrew Duda took his first crop of celery to market in 1926, he probably wasn’t thinking of sustainability goals. But sustainable practices have kept the company he founded, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, growing produce... more »

Stokes Seeds hires three U.S. territory managers

Stokes Seeds, Holland, Michigan, has added three U.S. territory managers to its staff. Each territory manager is responsible for seed and service to growers in their region, providing commercial vegetable seed recommendations and collaborating with... more »

Vidalia onion’s G&R Farms promotes Shuman, Riner

G&R Farms, a third generation Vidalia onion grower, has promoted Steven Shuman to general manager and vice president of sales and Cliff Riner to vice president of ag production and grower relations. Shuman joined G&R... more »

Georgia produce group celebrates award winners at highly attended show

Attendance at the Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, which was Jan. 5-8 in Savannah, Georgia, was back to pre-pandemic numbers. Chris Butts, executive director of the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Association (GFVGA), said attendance... more »

Lewis Taylor Farms counters rising labor costs

Lewis Taylor Farms Inc., one of the Southeast’s largest privately-owned vegetable and greenhouse operations, battles escalating costs through in-house mechanization and efficient use of labor as well as improved methods of fighting pests and diseases.... more »

Sym-Agro hires Southeast sales manager

Sym-Agro, Visalia, California, has hired Dominique Depaz as Southeast sales manager. Depaz will be responsible for the sales and marketing of the company’s biopesticide products, as well as expanding and stewarding the Sym-Agro product line... more »

Life lessons help Bailey Farms succeed with hot peppers

Specialty peppers are a hot business for Bailey Farms in Oxford, North Carolina. Bailey Farms grows 17 varieties of hot peppers at Oxford, as well as in Georgia and Florida on 1,200 of its own... more »

Sammy Duda named Duda Farm Fresh Foods CEO-elect

Samuel “Sammy” Duda, has been named CEO-elect of vegetable and citrus grower Duda Farm Fresh Foods. He previously was president. The decision marks the culmination of a nearly year-long process led by Duda’s board of... 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 »

Lipman Family Farms CEO Shoemaker to retire

Kent Shoemaker, chief executive officer of Lipman Family Farms for 13 years, plans to retire in 2023. He will remain in the position until Lipman Family Farms, a grower of field and controlled-environment tomatoes, transitions... more »

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