UF/IFAS seeks data on COVID-19 effects on agriculture

IMMOKALEE — The University of Florida IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center has been assigned to “provide legislators with an update on the impacts of the coronavirus situation on South Florida agriculture.” To that end, Gene McAvoy, who is the former regional vegetable agent for Glades and Hendry counties and now is associate director […]

Glades economy’s powerhouse is agriculture

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The Glades Region and Palm Beach County overall are faring much better as far as the agricultural economy goes than some other parts of the state. The numbers improved over the past few years for the Glades and Palm Beach County both and are projected to slip only slightly countywide, by […]

Team of Hundley Farms/Wedgworth’s wins national award

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A nationwide fertilizer industry group has recognized a pair of Belle Glade farmers and their fertilizer company partner among five “2020 4R Advocates” nationally who successfully teamed up to put the group’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship program into practice. Following The Fertilizer Institute’s (TFI) program practices in their agricultural stewardship of their farmland […]

Backyard horses, hobby farms part of nutrient load problem

At first glance, the numbers don’t add up. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture more than 90 percent of the farmers and ranchers in the Northern Everglades watershed are enrolled in the state’s Best Management Practices (BMP) program, which reduces the use of fertilizer and the chance of excess nutrient load in runoff into […]

State to pay $2.4 million for early termination of lease

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet (Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Attorney General Ashley Moody) agreed Tuesday to pay $1,940 an acre to New Hope Sugar Co., a subsidiary of Florida Crystals, for early termination of a 1,234-acre lease of state-owned land. New Hope Sugar Company currently […]

Taylor named to connector corridor group

CLEWISTON — Former Hendry County Commissioner Janet B. Taylor will represent the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on the Southwest-Central Florida Connector Task Force. She was recommended by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. The mission of the Southwest-Central Florida Connector Task Force is to evaluate the Southwest-Central Florida Connector corridor, which extends from […]

Hendry grower is Florida Farmer of the Year

MOULTRIE, Ga. — To be successful in farming requires a good deal of stamina, flexibility and determination, along with a love of the art of growing things. Charles “Chuck” Obern, owner of C&B Farms Inc. near Clewiston, embodies all these qualities, in addition to curiosity — an instinctive awareness that research can provide previously undiscovered […]

McAvoy leaving after 22 years of service

LABELLE — Gene McAvoy is set to retire July 31 after spending 22 years in his position as the Hendry County Extension Service’s director and the regional vegetable Extension agent for Southwest Florida. It’s not just the vast local knowledge he’s assembled during and before that time in agricultural fields that the Extension Service of […]

RC Hatton Farms projects good sweet corn harvest

PAHOKEE — RC Hatton Farms grows nearly 12,000 acres of sweet corn, green beans and other vegetables throughout South Florida and parts of southern Georgia, taking advantage of the rich soil on the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. “Spring brings about big corn volume, and we are geared up for a big corn volume here […]

Cattle are an important part of Florida economy

HENDRY COUNTY  — Hendry County has been connected with the cattle industry from the start. Francis Asbury Hendry, for whom Hendry County is named, was known as the “Cattle King of South Florida.” Mr. Hendry, a rancher, fought in the third Seminole War and later made his home near Fort Thompson. A study released March […]