I’m writing to express my dissatisfaction with the article, Florida Strawberries’ Secret Problem, that was published online September 21st.
Florida strawberry growers' complaints about Mexican competition may be partly their own fault.
“Hurricane Idalia brought heavy rain, high winds and a dangerous storm surge to the Big Bend region of Florida," said Christina Morton, director of communications for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association on Sept. 1.
USDA today announced Florida citrus producers voted to amend the federal marketing order regulating the handling of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pummelos grown in Florida.
Several organizations have announced that they will file a federal suit against Florida’s Senate Bill 1718, which was signed by the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, on May 13, and went into effect on July 1 (with certain measures to apply as of July 1, 2024).
The July crop report from USDA explains why, indicating that the state is forecast to produce 1.81 million boxes of grapefruit in the 2022-23 season, down from 3.33 million boxes in 2021-22, and 4.1 million boxes in 2020-21.
Florida mangos offer multiple benefits for regional East Coast and Southern retailers this coming summer.
The well-recognized Florida citrus license plate may need a redesign -- soon -- as production has declined nearly 90 percent in the state since 2005.
Florida representatives in both houses of Congress have introduced a bipartisan measure that would amend the federal Conservation Reserve Program to include the state’s citrus acreage, which has suffered from a number of blows from weather, disease, and urbanization in recent years.
USDA today announced a change to the Florida citrus marketing order. As recommended by the Citrus Administrative Committee, pummelos are now exempt from handling and reporting requirements under the marketing order.