In This Issue:

FFVA offers must-have food safety training

FFVA is working to ensure that producers are getting the training they need to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. Two of the seven new rules being implemented under the law directly affect growers and handlers of fresh Florida produce: the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule and the Produce Safety rule. Signed into [...]

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Keeping FAST TRACK on the right track

Stakeholders in the fresh citrus industry will have a chance to offer their thoughts on the program that allows them to test new fruit varieties and market them on a fast track. The program, aptly called FAST TRACK, will hold an open forum Jan. 5 at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake [...]

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Producer member profile – Blackberries spelling year-round success for Wish Farms

In October, FFVA producer member Wish Farms announced it was expanding its year-round offerings of strawberries and blueberries to include blackberries. How’s it going? Very well, thank you. The Plant City-based operation founded in 1922 decided to get into the blackberry business at the request of its customers. “Since they buy strawberries and blueberries from [...]

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Trade associate update – Global Minority Labor Solutions, LLC

FFVA trade associate member Paulette Bekolo was looking for an entrepreneurial opportunity a few years ago, and she found one in the farm labor field. Bekolo, a Haitian American, is a tax accountant who saw a need to supply legal workers to North Carolina farmers, and now to Florida and Texas farms. She founded Global [...]

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Flashback – 1989 – A new beginning

- An original poem by FFVA member Quentin Roe … The Harvester put out a call for thoughts on the holidays, Christmas memories and reflections on those things that mean the most at this time of year. Quentin Roe was kind enough to share the following. A time and land so long ago Our Christmas [...]

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Featured video – Response to “Toxic Lake”

The Weather Channel recently featured a piece called “Toxic Lake” in which Florida farmers were not sufficiently represented. In response to their request, the Weather Channel sent one of the writers of the piece to talk with FFVA members Keith Wedgworth and John Hundley on a live Facebook session. (If the video does not appear, [...]

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