Sugar farmers push back on attacks from media

Farmers around Lake Okeechobee are attempting to push back against attacks from politicians and media outlets around South Florida. After toxic algae blooms began to take over waterways in South Florida, some politicians running for election began to single out one scapegoat, ‘Big Sugar.’ During a campaign event in Fort Myers in early July, Republican […]

Gladstone Land buys farms

Gladstone Land Corp., a publicly traded real estate investment trust actively buying up farmland across the United States, announced in July that it has acquired five farms in South Florida totaling 5,630 acres for about $37.4 million. According to a July 16 news release from the corporation’s office in McLean, Va., Gladstone then entered into […]

New chief agricultural scientist chosen for SW Florida

Kelly Morgan is a more reliable water source than rain is. You don’t know when or if you’ll get water from the sky, but what Kelly can teach you makes every drop you have go farther. His focus on the farmer as customer is what has made Kelly so successful as the state’s best management […]

Sugar farmers, Sierra Club battle

Starting in October of last year and ending in April, sugar farmers in South Florida conducted the annual controlled burns of their fields in order to harvest sugarcane for processing. The environmental group Sierra Club is attempting to force farmers to abandon the process and switch to a “green harvest,” a more labor- and time-intensive […]

Florida Sugar Cane League unites in farm bill efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Florida Sugar Cane League announced April 9 that the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, based in Belle Glade, is once again represented by the industry trade association. This move ensures that the three major sugarcane companies in Florida – along with their independent growers – are fully united under the […]

Irma will impact ag for long time

The agriculture community of Hendry County is again proving its resiliency, moving on from the damage left by Hurricane Irma. Already reeling from years of fighting natural and economic factors that could even affect their continued viability, farmers and growers have already rolled up their sleeves and gotten back to work. In addition to dealing […]