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Southeastern Farmers of the Year give to communities

The 10 growers honored in the 2022 Swisher/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program represented their respective states and took the opportunity provided by Syngenta to donate to organizations that mean a lot to... more »

Viva Fresh names 2023 keynote speaker

Charlie Rocket, a motivational speaker who lost weight and improved his life through eating more fruits and vegetables, has been named keynote speaker of the 2023 Viva Fresh Produce Expo. Charlie... more »

Ag labor bill supported by Georgia growers group

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is commending a U.S. Senate ag labor bill. The Affordable and Secure Food Act of 2022 aims to provide reliable, legal farm labor, lower food prices for... more »

Georgia association issues congressional action alert on H-2A

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) has issued a call to action on the impending H-2A wage increase. On Dec. 7, the LaGrange, Georgia, growers group urged its members to support the organization’s... more »

Rising farm labor rates draw notice from FFVA

Noting expected hikes in Florida farm labor rates, the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association is weighing in on how growers are being affected by rising labor costs. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released... more »

“Mr. Bob” Dickey, principal in Dickey Farms, dies

Robert "Bob" Lee Dickey II, a prominent Georgia peach grower, died Nov. 16. Dickey, 94, known as “Bobby” and “Mr. Bob,” was a principal with Dickey Farms Inc., in Musella, Georgia. He was the third... more »

 UF AI center to push boundaries of ag research

The scientist called the grower with a proposition: Let me fly a drone over your grove and you’ll be able to see how many trees you have, and even the size of individual canopies. Alex... more »

AI center at UF will guide tech-driven agriculture

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is building a 19,000-square foot artificial intelligence hub, as technology driven by AI increasingly is used to protect crop yields and the environment. The... more »

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