In This Issue:

Bringing back the bees

— A hundred years ago, some of the best farmworkers were wild and free. Feral bees spread out across fields and woodlands, gathering nectar and pollinating crops. Today, that work is generally done by bees raised by commercial beekeepers. And those beekeepers are struggling. Last year, they reported losses of up to 40 percent of [...]

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FFVA 2015 – “An outstanding lineup”

— FFVA’s annual convention will offer more issues, more networking and more of everything it’s known for Sept. 23-25 at The Breakers in Palm Beach. The event will feature high-profile speakers, up-to-the-minute issues forums, recognition of leaders and the annual auction to benefit the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation. Producers and allied business leaders say FFVA’s [...]

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Producer member profile: Frank Diehl Farms

— Developing growers’ solutions from one of their own — If there’s one thing Frank Diehl doesn’t do, it’s wait for someone else to solve his problems. Originally from Pennsylvania, Diehl grew up in Manatee County and began farming in the Ruskin area of Hillsborough County in 1965. He started out growing squash and watermelon, [...]

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Trade associate member update: Environmental Turnkey Solutions, LLC

— A few short years ago a father and son saw a need. “We saw a lot of the farmers struggling with the sandy soils in Southwest Florida, and we thought there could be a better way to increase  the yields and keep the farming economy and  job growth strong  here, while at the same [...]

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Flashback

From The Harvester, June 1982 39th Annual Convention back to The Breakers Invitations will be mailed shortly to Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s 39th Annual Convention, which will be held Sept. 22-25 at The Breakers, a well-known landmark of Palm Beach and a favorite resort hotel of FFVA convention-goers. A number of informative sessions are [...]

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Featured video – The Hope in Healthy Soil

As part of its “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil ” campaign, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released a new, 90-second public service announcement that encapsulates “The hope in healthy soil.”

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