After Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, it went over Georgia. Although it weakened to tropical storm status by the time it hit the state, its strong winds and tremendous rainfall harmed Georgia crops, such as pecans. Like citrus, Georgia pecan trees were inching toward harvest when Irma hit. Samantha McLeod, executive director of the Georgia […]
Exclusive Breaking News 82-Year-old Columbus Smith, a black farmer from Panama City, Florida, this morning filed a lawsuit against Florida Department of Health in the Second Judicial Court in Leon County claiming a new Florida law and the black farmers’ association written into that law unfairly restricts his ability to apply for a license to […]
Florida Farmers were hit hard by Hurricane Irma, but we will recover, replant and we will grow. Growing food for American families is what we do. The post Roundtable with Secretary Perdue and Commissioner Putnam appeared first on VSC NEWS.
In a Citrus Expo talk, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences entomologist Phil Stansly focused on the importance of continuing to spray psyllids in groves already infected with HLB. The main reason to do that, he says, is to keep psyllids from re-inoculating trees with HLB by “pumping more and more […]
By Jaci Schreckengost One of the topics researchers and growers discussed at the 2017 Organic Food & Farming Summit was what can be done organically to combat huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening disease. Florida Organic Growers hosted the summit in Gainesville. It featured many workshops in which researchers and growers could discuss challenges […]
Federal assistance for citrus growers in the wake of Hurricane Irma will be more problematic than following past hurricanes, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam told the Florida Citrus Commission on Wednesday. He explains why and updates reports about damage to the citrus crop. “The simple change from 2004-05 is that Congress in the intervening years […]