In This Issue:

Farm tour gives regulators a new perspective

An annual rite of spring for FFVA is its Spring Regulatory Tour for representatives of federal and state agencies that regulate Florida agriculture. Participants meet with producers, see production practices up close, and have the chance to discuss with growers the effects of regulations on their ability to produce crops. This year’s five-day trip in [...]

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The Agriculture Institute of Florida – Big plans ahead

Harvesting clams on a November day is not the typical routine for congressional staffers. Yet there they were, six of them heading out to Dog Island to do just that on the Agriculture Institute of Florida’s congressional farm tour last year. The farm tour, one of several conducted by the Ag Institute, took the staffers [...]

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Producer member profile – Florida peaches from Dundee Citrus Growers Association

It’s a beautiful morning in peaceful Dundee, Florida, and the Dundee Citrus Growers Association is packaging tree-ripe fruit. But it’s not citrus. Those are peaches gently rolling along the packing line. The association has been harvesting, packaging and marketing citrus since the 1920s, and for the past seven years it also has been handling peaches. [...]

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Trade associate update – Warner University

Excitement was in the air at Warner University’s groundbreaking for a new agricultural complex. Funding had been phenomenal.  Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam gave a speech.  And construction was estimated to be completed in the fall of this year. Then came the scrub jays. The protected species was the first hurdle the university faced after the [...]

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Flashback – U.S. now entering metric age

– From The Harvester, February 1975 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is entering the metric age, and farmers may as well start learning about hectares, quintals, kilograms and kiloliters. They will, eventually, take the place of acres, bushels, pounds and gallons. In issuing crop reports, the USDA has begun using metric units in addition [...]

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Featured video – Rex Clonts on FFVA

Farming is full of challenges and uncertainties. But citrus grower Rex Clonts of Clonts Groves is inspired to face those hurdles so he can feed the world. Watch the video and see how he does that and how being a member of FFVA helps him in many ways.  

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