Archive | September, 2015

Port Tampa Bay on track to serve Tampa producers

Port Tampa Bay is already a very big deal. Since its early days of transporting phosphate and cigars, it has steadily grown into Florida’s largest port. It supports nearly 80,000 jobs and generates almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. It’s a top 10 U.S. cruise port, and it handles, well, a boatload of cargo [...]

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What is Fresh From Florida and what does it mean for FFVA members?

One of the many benefits FFVA provides to its grower members is membership in the Fresh From Florida program.  Fresh From Florida represents Florida agriculture’s image of excellence worldwide. The Fresh From Florida brand is a symbol of quality, and the logo is recognized around the globe. According to Jackie Moalli, senior marketing and development [...]

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Producer member profile – Gary Wishnatzki and Harvest CROO

– Robotics in the strawberry fields – “Necessity is the mother of invention” is an adage that’s behind a lot of farming innovations. Plenty of invention is going on right now in Florida’s strawberry fields with one question in mind: Who will pick the strawberries? “The labor force, as everybody knows, has been shrinking nationwide,” [...]

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Trade associate member update – Glenda McNary

– Florida Strawberry Growers Association’s Glenda McNary retires – Glenda Sloan McNary has had her feet firmly planted in the Florida strawberry industry since Ronald Reagan was a brand-new president. McNary, a former legal secretary, joined the Florida Strawberry Growers Association in 1982 when it was first organized. Grower Tommy Brock, one of the association’s [...]

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Flashback – Highlights of FFVA’s 1952 convention

“Greatest FFVA has ever had” was the consensus on the Ninth Annual Convention of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. Registrations at the Casablanca Hotel at Miami Beach began early and continued heavy throughout opening days until all attendance records of previous conventions had been broken. For months, members, suppliers and others interested in Florida’s [...]

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FFVA producer member Paul Orsenigo talks about why he supports FFVA’s work.

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