Florida

Oriental fruit fly findings trigger Florida quarantine

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 »

Florida ag industry leader Al Finch dies

UPDATED: Al Finch, president of Florida Classic Growers Inc., died June 21. He was 55. A longtime Florida ag industry leader, Gene "Al" Allison Finch, Jr., was active in the early days of the Southeast... 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 receive a $3.6 million increase to... 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 »

Naturipe to use blockchain for food safety data

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 »

Florida, Georgia growers hope for NAFTA seasonality reforms

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

New UF blueberry variety machine-friendly

At an education session at January’s Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, University of Florida (UF) Assistant Professor of Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Patricio Muñoz showed a list of blueberry varieties the university has released... more »

Wish Farms introduces Misty Organics blueberry farm

Wish Farms, the year-round grower-marketer of berries, has opened a new organic blueberry farm located in Alturas, Florida. Named for Wish Farms’ mascot, Misty the Garden Pixie, the project began as an idea in 2014.... more »

USDA cites Florida’s J&R Fresh Produce for failure to pay

J&R Fresh Produce LLC, operating out of Tampa, Fla. has been cited by the USDA for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $281,225 to seven sellers for 30 lots of produce... more »

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