February 23, 2018


Strawberry boss

For the last five years, Plant City strawberry grower Gary Wishnatzki has worked closely with Bob Pitzer, a robotics designer, to create a robot that harvests strawberries. Read more »
Published on 2/22/2018

Congressional Budget Deal Gives Millions In Disaster Aid To Florida's Citrus Farmers

Florida citrus farmers are praising the passage of the spending bill in the U.S. Congress. Included in the budget plan is $90 billion dollars in disaster relief. Around $2 billion is earmarked for Florida farmers battered by Hurricane Irma, with $700 million going directly to the state's citrus industry. Read more »
Published on 2/12/2018

Florida Researchers Making the Most of Alternative Crops

Alternative crops like Brussels sprouts are gaining more attention in Northeast Florida's Tri-County Agricultural Area. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2018

University of Florida awarded $10.5 million to work on citrus greening resistance or tolerance

With citrus greening devastating Florida's $8.6 billion-a-year citrus industry, three University of Florida scientists will use $10.52 million in federal grants to study ways to help growers cope with the disease, including research on genetic editing that may produce potentially resistant fruit and trees. Read more »
Published on 1/24/2018

Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast, Need for Federal Assistance

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2017-2018 season: Read more »
Published on 1/15/2018

Florida strawberry volume starts strong

Florida strawberry growers have enjoyed a strong start to the 2017-18 season, and early signs point to a year of ample volume and promotion opportunities. Season-to-date shipments through Dec. 9... Read more »
Published on 12/19/2017

Emergency Disaster Aid Package Introduced

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced a bill to provide additional emergency assistance for recent hurricanes, wildfires in California, and related agriculture losses. Read more »
Published on 12/19/2017

Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast, Need for Federal Assistance

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2017-2018 season: Read more »
Published on 12/13/2017

USDA lowers citrus estimate in Florida

Florida's orange prospects have diminished since November, according to a crop production report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more »
Published on 12/13/2017

Lessons about sexual harassment from female tomato pickers in Florida

Long before the #MeToo campaign, women working the nation's agriculture farms have been reporting that the fields were not a safe or dignified place for them — rife with sexual harassment and abuse incidents. But now, Florida's tomato pickers say they've ended the problem in their workplace. It's a big claim, and it may still happen on odd occasions, but the tomato pickers there report that the culture of rampant abuse is no longer. Read more »
Published on 12/1/2017

Southeast Milk Statement on the status of Okeechobee County Dairy Farms

Attributable to Jim Sleper, CEO of Southeast Milk Inc. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2017

USDA lowers estimate for Florida citrus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cut its estimate for the Florida orange crop to 50 million boxes, down from the 54 million boxes predicted last month. Read more »
Published on 11/10/2017

Green industry contributes more than $20B to Florida economy, up 19 percent from 2000

Florida's environmental horticulture industry is recovering from the recession of 2007 to 2009, and it is growing in many sectors, with $21.8 billion in annual economic contributions. This is an increase of 19.2 percent from 2000, a new University of Florida report shows. Read more »
Published on 11/10/2017

UF is celebrating 100 years of citrus research and education

Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and limes. Most people think of these as signature plants of Florida, but scientists have traced their origins back millions of years and across continental land masses, said Fred Gmitter, a professor of horticultural sciences with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Read more »
Published on 11/8/2017

Florida Citrus Commission approves 2017-18 budget

Grower assessment tax rates remain unchanged from the previous season Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

VIDEO: Rubio on Lack of Additional Disaster Relief: How Do You Explain This to Citrus Growers in Florida?

Video of Florida Senator Marco Rubio shows his comments after learning additional monies for Florida citrus growers was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday. Read more »
Published on 10/24/2017

Seed research project offers alternative to fossil fuels

The project got a $15 million federal grant Read more »
Published on 10/23/2017

Gov. Scott Applauds USDA Action to Aid Florida Citrus Industry

Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding the USDA issuing a natural disaster declaration for 19 Florida counties due to the damage the Florida citrus industry suffered during Hurricane Irma. Read more »
Published on 10/17/2017

Gov. Scott Activates $25 Million Citrus Emergency Loan Program to Aid Citrus Growers

Today, Governor Rick Scott activated a $25 million Florida Citrus Emergency Loan Program to support citrus growers impacted by Hurricane Irma. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide interest-free loans to citrus growers that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The application period will begin next week and be open through November 30, 2017. Read more »
Published on 10/6/2017

Commissioner Putnam Announces Preliminary Florida Agricultural Damages Due to Hurricane Irma Total $2.5 Billion

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $2.5 billion. Read more »
Published on 10/5/2017

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