Monroe County thankful for farmers

WEST PALM BEACH — Cheryl Meade, who serves as an at-large member to the South Florida Water Management District governing board, shared a special message at the SFWMD June 11 meeting. “I live in tiny little Monroe County, the Florida Keys,” she said. “I want to give a shout-out to our farmers to the north […]

Deal to help dairies survive crisis falls through

OKEECHOBEE — Last month, dairy farmers, milk processors and retailers met to discuss temporarily setting a minimum price for class one milk being bought from dairy farms. Market prices for milk have plummeted in reaction to COVID-19, from $19.01 per hundredweight in January of this year to $12.95 in May. In order to stem the […]

Anti-farmer agenda disrupts meals program

By Melissa McKinlayPalm Beach County CommissoinerSteven B. WilsonMayor, City of Belle GladeJoe Kyles Sr.Mayor, City of South BayKeith Babb Jr.Mayor, City of Pahokee PALM BEACH COUNTY — In times of crisis, Palm Beach County residents come together to support those in need. From the beginning, the global COVID-19 pandemic was no exception. In March, when […]

Local farmers find way to eliminate food waste

CLEWISTON — With more and more local farmers having to plow over or dump their crops due to hotels, restaurants and schools closing during the COVID-19 pandemic, direct to consumer sales have started popping up with the hope that farmers can recoup some of their losses and reduce food waste. By connecting directly to consumers, […]

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, […]

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