Archive | November, 2013

Government shutdown delays Florida harvesting

When the federal government shut down for 16 days, it affected parts of the economy that aren’t as immediately apparent as zoos and national parks. One of these is the harvesting of Florida produce. Florida growers and other agricultural employers who cannot find domestic workers to harvest their crops turn to the H-2A visa program [...]

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School foodservice directors connect with Florida growers

School foodservice directors attending a major conference had a chance to meet and talk with some of the growers who produce the fruits and vegetables they serve their students. Thanks to a school food service grant provided by the University of Florida’s Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (the PIE Center), [...]

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Producer member profile – O’Brien Family Farms – Spreading the word about fresh fruits and vegetables

“We always wanted to have a market and a place where people could come to learn about farming and buy healthy, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.” That wish is what drove Tom O’Brien, his wife Leanne and daughter Shannon to create O’Brien Family Farms, an offshoot of C & D Fruit & Vegetable Company. [...]

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Trade Associate Update – NAPA takes AIM at its agricultural customers

To NAPA and its customers, AIM stands for Agricultural, Industrial and Municipal. This is another way for NAPA, the company known for auto parts, to serve the needs of customers in these three areas. Mike Pettyjohn, senior market manager for AIM products, explains. “We’ve always been able to service those markets with a basic core [...]

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Flashback 1998 — Commentary: Farm labor: Time is running out

From the Harvester, September – October 1998 When Congress was considering sweeping changes to our nation’s immigration laws back in 1986, perishable agriculture was justifiably concerned that employer sanctions would wreak havoc on an industry that relied heavily on an undocumented workforce. Lawmakers responded to those concerns by including a massive legalization program in the [...]

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