Archive | October, 2013

FFVA 2013: A sparkling success

FFVA’s annual convention continues to grow, with a 20 percent increase in attendance this year at the event in Amelia Island. Producers and their allied partners heard the latest perspective from industry experts, engaged in meaningful networking and came away with information that will help inform their business decision-making. This year’s convention highlighted the association’s [...]

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FFVA district meetings to offer key health care reform information

To prepare agricultural employers for the Affordable Care Act and its implications for 2014, FFVA will host district meetings on the topic in seven locations around the state. Led by a team from BB&T-J. Rolfe Davis, the meetings will cover a variety of topics, including who must provide health insurance, which employees must be covered, [...]

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Producer member profile: Tater Farms

 – Evolving and conserving – When Eric Hjort was named Tater Farms’ general manager in 2006, the farm had a 30-year history of growing a diversified mixture of chip potatoes, cabbage, sod, onions and assorted other crops. Two years ago, the farm changed its focus almost exclusively to sod, and Hjort has been able to [...]

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Trade associate member update: Bayer CropScience

 – Bayer CropScience joins the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation in the fight against citrus greening  – FFVA trade associate member Bayer CropScience has a history of providing science-based solutions to challenges facing farmers. The company demonstrated that commitment in September with a $200,000 donation to research efforts to fight citrus greening in Florida. Citrus greening, [...]

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Flashback: Hurricane Donna on its 40th anniversary – 1960-2000

 – Excerpts from “Hurricane Donna: The 40th anniversary,” by John Attaway, published in Citrus Industry magazine, September 2000  – Hurricane Donna stripped fruit and uprooted trees from Fort Myers to Daytona Beach during a two-day rampage Sept. 10-11, 1960. Donna was the last major hurricane to devastate the Central Florida citrus industry. As the eye [...]

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FFVA 2013 convention slideshow

FFVA 2013 convention slideshow

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