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From Blueberry Field to Better School Lunch

Initiative Seeks to Build Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between Local Farms and Schools Bob Wilhelm packed the blueberries in five-pound boxes.  The schools served them in fruit cups and used them to teach math.  “They [the [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Grower 411

HURRICANE IRMA AGRICULTURE RELIEF PROGRAMS The damage from Hurricane Irma has caused significant financial loss to Florida growers in sales revenue from crops lost or delayed and clean up expense.  This article is a compilation [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Mechanical Harvesting Update

Preview of Speakers’ Presentations at the Upcoming FBGA Fall Meeting and Trade Show Over the past 30 years, blueberry production has grown by leaps and bounds.  However, current methods of hand-picking berries for the fresh [...]

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Assessing Damage from Irma

Blueberry Crop Insurance Coverage Reminders Reports on the extent of damage in the blueberry industry from Hurricane Irma varies across the state— from plants being pulled out of the ground to leaves blown off, and [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Reach Out to Your Local USDA Farm Service Agency Office Now

Hurricane Irma ripped right through most of Central Florida, through the heart of agricultural production in our state.  I am sure that most agricultural commodities, including our blueberries, will feel the impact from this large, [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Save-the-Date for the Next Blueberry Growers Meeting

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the upcoming FBGA Fall 2017 Meeting and Trade Show.  The event will be held Thursday, October 26 at the Hillsborough Community College, Trinkle Center, located at 1206 North [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

President’s Letter: Reflecting on the 2017 Harvesting Season

Final figures are not in yet, but it looks like we will end up harvesting about 20 million pounds of blueberries this past season.  This is much better than last season, but not as good [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Publisher’s Interlude: Innovation is A Necessity for Florida Blueberry Growers

Successful farmers are the most innovative bunch you’ll ever meet.  On the flipside of those successful farmers, however, are the people formerly known as “farmers”— the ones who didn’t innovate, change with the times, and [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Crop Insurance 101— Back to the Basics

Make Sure the Farm is Up-to-Date on All Crop Insurance Dates and Coverage Blueberry crop insurance has been available in Florida for over 15 years.  It started as a pilot program in Alachua and Highlands [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Bacterial Wilt of Blueberry Caused by Ralstonia Solanacearum

Researchers share Initial Findings of Disease and What to Do if Detected in Your Crops Figure 1 The latest disease threat to Florida blueberries is bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum.  The disease [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments
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