Drink Orange Juice, Be Happy

Chuck Zimmerman

According to new research from the Florida Department of Citrus, drinking orange juice “actually made participants feel positive, carefree and rejuvenated.” Through a patented research process designed to reveal unconscious emotions, consumers shared their thoughts and feelings about orange juice and its role in their lives. Findings showed that while participants view their daily life as a “hard road,” the …

Ag Groups, Citrus, Food

Citrus Expo Trade Show Sold Out

Chuck Zimmerman

The Florida Citrus Expo has a sold out trade show this year and pre-registration is strong. It’s the 19th year of the show. More than 150 exhibitors are scheduled to show off their goods on Aug. 18-19 at the World’s Premier Citrus Expo at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers. Attendance is free both days to bona fide grove …

Citrus, Farm Shows

Tropical Storm Fay Messing Cancels With Citrus Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

Tropical Storm Fay has certainly changed my plans this week. Instead of being in a plane on my way to Ft. Myers, FL for the Florida Citrus Expo, I’m staying home. The final word on the status of the event is pending the next forecast this morning but it doesn’t look good. I spoke with Gary Cooper, President, Southeast AgNet, …

Citrus, Farm Shows

Farmer Dave Blogging About Oranges

Chuck Zimmerman

Farmer Dave down in Florida at Florida Natural Growers has started a blog to fight against imported oranges, called The Orange Diaries. I guess just because they’re not natural from Florida. Actually it’s part of a new multimedia campaign to entice consumers to buy American. So besides their ads they started a blog. According to an article in Citrus Industry, …

Ag Groups, Citrus

New Members for National Mango Board

Laura McNamara

The acting Agriculture Secretary is swiftly exercising his authority. Ag Secretary Chuck Conner has named six new officials to the 20-member National Mango Board. These six appointees were nominated by the Board to fill three importer positions and three foreign producer positions. The members will start their three-year terms beginning on Jan. 1, 2008 and ending Dec. 31, 2010. Newly …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, Citrus, Food

Citrus Expo Photo Album

Chuck Zimmerman

Flickr Photo AlbumThe 2006 Citrus Expo is now over. From all I’ve learned it’s been the biggest and best one ever. For Gary Cooper and his Southeast AgNet team, it was a first time effort and I’m sure they learned a lot. Next year will be even better.

Citrus

Multi-media Company

Chuck Zimmerman

Southeast AgNet StaffThis happy looking group is the staff of Southeast AgNet, the company putting on Citrus Expo for the first time this year. It’s not the first time the Expo has been held but it’s the first time this company has managed it. It came along with their purchase of Citrus Industry Magazine. Pictured are: (l to r) Robin Loftin, Lee McCoy, Betty Sanders, Gary Cooper, Katherine Bush, Randall Weiseman, Carole McKenzie. Not pictured but here also are Sherry Fisher and Ernie Neff.

Citrus, Media

Seeing Old Friends In Ft. Myers

Chuck Zimmerman

Berner OilIt’s been about 15 years since Cindy and I moved to Missouri from Florida. I do miss my home state so getting a chance to blog the Citrus Expo for Southeast AgNet has been a treat. I just ate a blackened grouper supper and my dessert was a second slab of grouper! One of the cool things about Citrus Expo is running into a bunch of people I used to know and have missed. One of them is Carl Berner, Berner Oil. He’s pictured here in between his sons.

Audio, Citrus

Cooking Up The Beast Feast

Chuck Zimmerman

Citrus Expo Beast Feast PreparationI’m posting onto Southeast AgNet’s news blog from Citrus Expo so feel free to check it out. I’m also going to be doing some posts here too.

Like this one. We’ll have some more pictures of tomorrow’s Beast Feast here at Citrus Expo but the preparations are underway now.

Audio, Citrus