Georgia Ag Commissioner Concerned About USMCA

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Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black is optimistic about the agriculture industry in his state, and shared a priority to open markets in new places for Georgia-grown products in the months ahead. At the same time, he has some concern regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as it stands currently, because of hardships it may bring to produce growers. “With …

Audio, fruit, Produce, Trade, Vegetables

‘American Grown’ Campaign for Produce Growers

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A new campaign to encourage consumers to buy “American Grown” produce was launched at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference last week. The American Grown campaign was started with a mission to “empower growers and consumers to fight for the American farm, making our country strong economically and environmentally.” Speakers introducing the campaign included Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers …

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Yoho: Improving the Farm Labor Shortage

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Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida’s 3rd District was at the 2020 Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, talking about guest worker legislation. “This is a bill that will solve a problem for illegal immigration in this country on the lower skilled tiers,” said Yoho. “We give opportunity for people before they come into the country to apply to this program. …

Audio, fruit, labor, politics, Vegetables

Senator Perdue Optimistic About China Agreement

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Senator David Perdue (R-GA) gave keynote remarks at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah on Saturday and said he was optimistic about the phase one agreement with China being signed Wednesday helping agriculture. “I’m more optimistic than maybe some people are because I’ve been involved since the beginning,” said Perdue in a brief interview after his remarks. …

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USDA Under Secretary Visits SE Fruit and Vegetable Growers

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Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney visited the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on Friday and talked trade issues with members of the GA Fruit & Vegetable Association before touring the trade show. With the China Phase One trade deal slated to be signed next week, and USMCA getting one step closer to …

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2020 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference Underway

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The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference returns to Savannah, Ga. and really kicks in to gear today. In 2019, the educational event and trade show hosted more than 3,300 attendees and 290 vendor companies. Sponsored by Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Association and the Georgia Peach Council the conference is held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The …

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Bayer CropScience Launches #CitrusMatters Campaign

Jamie Johansen

Bayer CropScience and California Citrus Mutual announced #CitrusMatters, a year-long campaign geared at raising consumer awareness of the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease and the devastating impact it could pose to California’s $2.4 billion citrus industry. The announcement was made during the Citrus Showcase, California Citrus Mutual’s annual event that brings together as many as 600 citrus growers from around the state. …

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Season’s Greetings from The Produce Mom

Jamie Johansen

The Produce Mom shares how to Deck the Halls with a Strawberry Tree. What you need: 9-12″ craft foam cone 1 starfruit, sliced 5 lbs. strawberries, cleaned and trimmed 1 box toothpicks 1 – Push a toothpick into the cleaned top of the strawberry, leaving half of the toothpick exposed. 2 – Starting at the bottom, affix the strawberries to …

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Improving Plant Health Through Nutritional Balance

Jamie Johansen

Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) is a plant nutrition consulting company that works with fruit and vegetable growers from across the country. They have become known for helping farmers grow crops that are completely resistant to diseases and insects using nutrition and enhancing plant immunity through nutritional balance. During Crop Health Laboratories’ Power Growers Seminar I spoke with founder and CEO …

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A Blood Test for Plants

Jamie Johansen

Crop Health Laboratories presented Power Growers Seminar over the weekend in Santa Clara, CA. The event provided a comprehensive introduction to plant sap analysis technology. This new nutrient management strategy was created by Sjoerd Smits, owner of NovaCropControl and HortiNova. Both companies are based out of the Netherlands and currently sap samples are shipped there for analysis. Crop Health Labs …

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