Farmers and other essential food production workers will carry permission letters during COVID-19 Shutdown

CLEWISTON – All U.S. Sugar employees and suppliers who have been deemed essential to the nation’s food supply and national security will begin carrying authorization letters to inform authorities that they are approved to be out of their homes and working. “Our farmers, workers and other essential food production vendors will continue working around the […]

Florida’s farmers help sustain America’s food supply

In addition to citrus, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, Florida is the second largest producer of fresh vegetables in the United States, including fresh broccoli, lettuce, sweet corn, radishes, and green beans. Here is what Florida farmers and ranchers provide our national food supply: Florida citrus accounts for 56 percent of […]

Farmers working to keep food supply alive during crisis

BELLE GLADE — In the early morning hours of March 17, forklifts buzz in and out of the back of tractor-trailers docked at warehouses located just south of Lake Okeechobee. While other businesses in Florida are shut down or limited due to the coronavirus, the workers at these warehouses are helping ship one of the […]

Farmers encouraged to reach out to city residents

OKEECHOBEE — The growing disconnect between farmers and those who live in cities was addressed at the Farm-City Week luncheon on Nov. 21 at the Okeechobee KOA. Guest speaker Kevin Folta, a professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, said many people who live in cities don’t understand what agriculture is, […]