USDA Proposes Changes in the Handling Requirements for Florida Tomatoes

April 18, 2019 USDA AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing changes to the handling requirements under the federal marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida. The Florida Tomato Committee recommended a proposal to eliminate the standard weight certification requirement from the marketing order regulations.

The Panhandle May be the Next Citrus-Growing Region

December 26, 2018 Jack Payne, News Bulletin

Citrus just isn’t grown that much in North Florida. In fact, it’s also grown less and less in its traditional strongholds in central and south Florida as a deadly disease takes its toll on groves.

Gift Baskets of Florida Oranges Rebound After Sour Year

“This is our busiest time of year, by far,” said Martin, executive vice president of Florida Gift Fruit Shippers Association, which sends out the neatly assembled boxes of fruits for its 36 grower-packer members from its facility near Kirkman Road and Colonial Drive. “There’s long been an appeal — and a tradition — with giving fruit for Christmas,” she said. “You’re sitting in the snow, and what’s better than getting a taste of Florida?”

Florida Citrus Hanging on Through Difficult Times

December 24, 2018 Kevin Bouffard, The Ledger

To University of Florida economist Christa Court, the state’s signature agriculture industry was pretty stable over the three years bookended by the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons, at least in terms of its economic impact in Florida.