Perdue Announces Hass Avocado Board Appointments

Dan Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 12 individuals to serve on the Hass Avocado Board. Producers appointed to serve three-year terms are: Susan V. Pinkerton, Santa Paula, Calif. Laurie M. Luschei, Mission Viejo, Calif. Ben Van Der Kar, Carpinteria, Calif. Producers appointed to serve three-year terms as alternates are: C J Shade, Ojai, Calif. Will Carleton, Carpinteria, Calif. …

Dangerous Avocado Pathogen Grows Faster in Cooler Temperatures

Dan Florida, Fruits, Specialty Crops

A University of Florida scientist has some new data that avocado growers might consider: The disease grows faster in the fall or winter than in the summer, so growers may want to look for Laurel Wilt more closely during the winter. Laurel wilt has been ravaging Florida’s avocados, which have a UF/IFAS-estimated $100 million-a-year economic impact on the state. UF/IFAS …

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APHIS Publishes Final Rule to Allow Fresh Hass Avocado Fruit from Colombia into the Continental U.S.

Dan Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is publishing a final rule to allow the importation of fresh Hass avocado fruit from Colombia into the continental United States using a systems approach designed to ensure imports do not introduce pests into the United States. The systems approach is a series of overlapping measures taken …


Agri View: Imported Heart Healthy Foods

Dan Agri View, Fruits

  Everett Griner talks about one of our heart healthy foods still being imported in today’s Agri View.   Back when I was a young farm reporter I read that any crop grown anywhere in the world could be grown somewhere in America. Well I often wondered ever since why we don’t grow tea or coffee. Well, we do. Just …

Repellant Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away From Avocado Trees

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

By: Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS Using some pleasant-smelling chemicals, avocado growers may soon be able to repel beetles that inject a potentially deadly fungus into their trees, saving fruit and money, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers say. When they’re infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay trees – a close cousin to the avocado …

APHIS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule on Importation of Hass Avocados From Colombia

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is extending the comment period for a proposed rule that would allow the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States. We are also notifying the public of the availability of a revised pest risk assessment (PRA) and risk management document (RMD) associated with the …