In This Issue:

Report says simpler meals, less fruit juice affect produce consumption

Americans are drinking less fruit juice and preparing simpler one-dish meals, according to an annual report by the Produce for Better Health Foundation. Those trends have made their mark on fruit and vegetable consumption, according to the 2015 State of the Plate report, a Study on America’s Consumption of Fruit & Vegetables. PBH commissioned The [...]

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Private property bill aims to protect landowners

On the way to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk is a bill that would give Florida property owners greater protections against excess government demands. HB383 passed the House and Senate in late April and is geared to strengthen Florida’s commitment to protecting private property rights. House co-sponsor Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Sunrise) said, “This bill addresses what [...]

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Producer member profile

— Michael Hill of Southern Hill Farms — Michael Hill brings a long line of knowledge to his blueberry operation, Southern Hill Farms. His grandfather, Billy Long, came to Central Florida from Virginia to farm in the 1950s. Over the years, he revolutionized the way Florida farmers produce, harvest and sell their crops. An inductee [...]

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Trade associate update

Farmers beware: Liability under the attractive nuisance doctrine — By L. Javan Grant and Janet C. Owens — Rogers Towers P.A. (FFVA trade associate member) — Imagine after a long day in the field you’re sitting at home finishing dinner and watching the news.  Then, the telephone rings.  You answer, and on the other end [...]

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Flashback – 1967

— From The Harvester, April 1967 — Spring directors meeting focuses on making farm jobs more attractive — The spring meeting of the FFVA board of directors was held last month in the Orlando auditorium. Items on the agenda given serious consideration were: recommendations of the finance committee; commodity committee reports; inspection fees committee report; [...]

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Featured video – May 2015

Eric Hjort of Tater Farms talks about how he meets the challenges of farming and why he’s a member of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association.

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