FFVA Names Legislators of the Year

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The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) named Florida Senator Jay Collins and Florida Representative Kaylee Tuck as its Legislators of the year for 2023. The two were recognized at the FFVA’s 79th annual convention in Naples on Sept. 25-27. The FFVA presents the awards to elected officials who have worked to promote public policies that advance and protect Florida …

Hurricane Idalia’s Impact on Specialty Crops

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By Maegan Beatty  What started as a tropical storm, Hurricane Idalia hit landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Idalia made landfall this past Wednesday morning near Keaton Beach, which is about 75 miles southwest of Tallahassee. Idalia left hundreds of thousands of people without power in Florida and Georgia.   The storm has had many effects on …

Labor Relations Forum Scheduled for Sept. 6-8, 2023

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Heat awareness and safety concerns continue to be a priority for agricultural employers and their employees. Producers can learn more about heat illness prevention during the 49th Annual Agricultural Labor Relations Forum, scheduled for Sept. 6-8, 2023 at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. Attendees will learn of the hazards associated with heat illness, resources for employers, compliance and more. Speakers on this topic include …

FFVA Convention Happening This September

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Florida specialty crop growers interested in attending this year’s Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) convention need to mark their calendars for Sept. 25-27. The three-day event will be held at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida. Attendees will learn about the latest trends and receive industry updates impacting their fruit and vegetable industries. The Ritz-Carlton in Naples will reopen on …

FFVA Emerging Leader Program Applications Close June 16

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Attention industry leaders who want to be more involved in the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA). Such individuals need to consider the FFVA Emerging Leader Development Program, administered by the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation. The application period for Class 13 is currently open, though applications are due by Friday, June 16. More than 100 participants have graduated from the program …

Coalition Calls on Policymakers to Safeguard Produce Supply

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The Global Coalition of Fresh Produce recently called on national and international policymakers to implement measures to safeguard the supply of affordable and safe fruits and vegetables worldwide. The coalition also sought to ensure the viability of the fruit and vegetable industry. The coalition made the requests in a report titled Global Value Chains for Fresh Produce: An Urgent Call for …

Stuart Scholarship Applications Open

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The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) reminds college students interested in pursuing a career in the specialty crop industry that the 2023 Stuart Scholarship applications are due Saturday, April 15. The scholarship is available to incoming juniors through graduate program students who intend to pursue a career in the industry. The FFVA created the Mike and Karen Stuart Scholarship in 2021 …

FFVA Sends Letter to EPA About TM Fungicide

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The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) submitted comments last week to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to the agency’s proposed interim registration review decision for thiophanate-methyl (TM) fungicide. Strawberry, cucurbit vegetable, succulent bean, potato and peach producers, including FFVA members, benefit from the fungicide, as it manages and suppresses key diseases. These include white mold, crown rot, …