Southeast

DOL seeks to increase Southeast ag industry’s compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is continuing its multi-year education and enforcement initiative to increase compliance with federal labor laws in the Southeast’s agricultural industry. In addition to enforcement activity, the initiative provides... more »

Farm labor contractor to pay $249K in back wages, penalties

A federal judge approved a settlement with a Frostproof farm labor contractor – Jose M. Gracia Harvesting Inc. – who the U.S. Department of Labor found shortchanged workers and failed to provide them with safe... more »

New plant disease detected in Louisiana strawberries

A new disease called Pestalotia leaf spot and fruit rot caused by the Neopestalotiopsis fungus species has been detected on strawberries in Tangipahoa Parish. Louisiana State University AgCenter plant doctor Raj Singh said an aggressive... more »

Precision Ag Researcher of the Year Simer Virk talks future of agriculture

Asked what his day looks like on a regular basis, Simer Virk laughed out loud. “There are no average days in research and Extension work — every day is different and every season is different,”... more »

Florida employer to pay back wages, penalties for shorting H-2A workers

After long days spent toiling in fields under a hot Missouri sun, immigrant workers returned to what was once a county jail where their employer housed them in unsanitary living conditions and added to their... more »

Naturipe owner increases blueberry production in Southeast US

Naturipe, one of the world’s largest producers of fresh berries, has increased organic and conventional blueberry production in the Southeast U.S. Over the last year, Michigan Blueberry Growers (MBG), an owner of Naturipe Farms, has... more »

Registration open for UGA-sponsored precision agriculture workshops

Registration is open through March 18 for the upcoming Utilizing Precision Ag Technology Workshop being presented by the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural Environmental Sciences (CAES) and UGA Cooperative Extension on March 29... more »

Tennessee plans workshop focused on growing specialty crops

The University of Tennessee (UT) Center for Profitable Agriculture along with UT Extension state and area specialists will conduct an outreach program on specialty crops in Tennessee. The workshop series, “Considerations for Growing and Marketing... more »

Current Issue

May 2022 issue of Fruit Growers News

IFG adds cherry focus to influence industry progression

Growers feel fertilizer, input cost crunch

Research station trees boosted by Michigan group

Grower, researcher look at the viability of FruitScout

Texas vineyard succeeds in hostile growing climate

Farm Market column: Project shows markets are essential businesses

Ag Labor Review column: Heat is on to keep protecting workers on the farm

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