U.S. Sugar announces progress in partnership with Texas A&M

CLEWISTON — On Sept. 11, U.S. Sugar, in a partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, announced a significant step forward in research efforts fighting diseases impacting food crops, including citrus greening. Early-stage research has demonstrated promise in rapidly culturing and propagating fastidious pathogens and microbes including those that cause citrus greening, a disease that has […]

Vegetable Production Handbook available from Hendry Extension

The 2018-19 Vegetable Production Handbook, produced by the University of Florida/Insititute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is hot off the press. Hendry County Extension Director Gene McAvoy will be distributing them over the coming weeks. Anyone who wants copies may pick them up at the Hendry County Extension Office at 1085 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle.

McAvoy poised to lead ag agents’ national group

Gene McAvoy, the University of Florida/IFAS Hendry County Extension director, is looking forward to his new role as president-elect of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), for which he was chosen at its recent annual meeting and professional improvement conference in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mr. McAvoy served as vice president from 2017 to this […]

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 […]