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Growers Hope Machine-Harvestable Tomatoes Can Help Lower Labor Costs

by BRAD BUCK Ever since Florida farmers have been growing tomatoes, they’ve picked them by hand or hired laborers. It’s painstaking work that might be made easier soon with machine-harvestable tomatoes developed by University of Florida scientists. Now that the varieties are available, growers in Florida’s $400 million-a-year industry hope they can use mechanized harvesting,

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Florida Ag Commissioner Issues Emergency Rule to Protect Florida Livestock From Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

provided by the FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND AGRICULTURAL SERVICES TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In addition to previously issued safety protocols and polices, and in response to USDA confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in domestic livestock in eight states, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson today issued Emergency Rule 5CER24-4. The Emergency Rule imposes specific restrictions

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April Citrus Forecast Slips to 18.8 Mil. Boxes of Oranges

Bartow, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its April 2024 citrus crop revised forecast for the 2023-2024 harvest season today. Florida citrus growers are expected to harvest 18.8 million boxes of oranges this season. Additionally, the USDA forecasted 2 million boxes of grapefruit and 500,000 boxes of tangerines and tangelos.   Though the forecast for oranges

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Florida Legislature’s 2024-25 Budget Includes $47 Million for Embattled Citrus Industry 

provided by FLORIDA CITRUS MUTUAL Bartow, Fla. – The Florida Legislature’s Fiscal Year 2024-25 budget includes $47 million to champion the Sunshine State’s citrus industry for the following:  Additionally, the Florida Legislature’s Fiscal Year 2024-25 budget includes a $100 million annual appropriation for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, which aims to protect working agricultural operations

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