agriculture http://wlrn.org en Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/bittersweet-sugar-industry-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Talking about sugar in South Florida is like talking about politics and religion in polite company. Few people are without strong opinions about the sugarcane farms stretching across the eastern Everglades south of Lake Okeechobee. The industry is a mix of government price policies, environmental regulations, trade practices and the demand for food.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:58:30 +0000 Tom Hudson 28333 at http://wlrn.org Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges http://wlrn.org/post/time-running-out-save-floridas-oranges It's not been a good year for Florida's citrus industry. The U.S. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:24:43 +0000 Greg Allen 25722 at http://wlrn.org Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges ENCORE: The Sunshine Economy On Agriculture http://wlrn.org/post/encore-sunshine-economy-agriculture <p></p><p>Squeezed between South Florida's neighborhoods and the Everglades is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry. Tomatoes, beans and avocados all sprout from the rocky South Florida soil along with one of the largest nursery industries growing trees, shrubs and other landscaping plants.</p><p>Agriculture generates a direct $700 million dollars a year in Miami-Dade County alone. The economic impact of the plowing, growing and picking of those crops is much larger.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:20:20 +0000 Tom Hudson 20571 at http://wlrn.org ENCORE: The Sunshine Economy On Agriculture Why Lots Of Grass-Fed Beef Sold In U.S. Comes From Down Under http://wlrn.org/post/why-most-grass-fed-beef-sold-us-comes-down-under Beef from cattle that have grazed only on pasture is in high demand — much to the surprise of many meat retailers, who didn't traditionally think of grass-fed beef as top-quality.<p><a href="http://www.organicvalley.coop/?id=688">George Siemon</a>, a founder of Organic Valley, the big organic food supplier, says the push for grass-fed beef started with activists who wanted to challenge a beef industry dominated by factory-scale feedlots. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:31:29 +0000 Dan Charles 21598 at http://wlrn.org Why Lots Of Grass-Fed Beef Sold In U.S. Comes From Down Under Miami-Dade Expands Urban Development Boundary http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-expands-urban-development-boundary <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">Miami-Dade County commissioners on Wednesday opened the door to more warehouses and offices west of Doral, agreeing to expand the Urban Development Boundary to include a 521 acre-chunk already surrounding by buildings.</span></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:43:57 +0000 Patricia Mazzei 21571 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Expands Urban Development Boundary Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground http://wlrn.org/post/rooftop-farming-getting-ground From vacant lots to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/05/21/185758529/vertical-pinkhouses-the-future-of-urban-farming">vertical "pinkhouses</a>," urban farmers are scouring cities for spaces to grow food. But their options vary widely from place to place.<p>While farmers in post-industrial cities like Detroit and Cleveland are claiming unused land for cultivation, in New York and Chicago, land comes at a high premium. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:27:00 +0000 21156 at http://wlrn.org Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground The Sunshine Economy: Homemade Guacamole http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-homemade-guacamole <p></p><p>Modern society has separated many of us from our food source. Sure, there are local field-to-table efforts and farmer’s markets, but it’s awful hard to know where all your food comes from.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:07:09 +0000 Tom Hudson 20946 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Homemade Guacamole The Sunshine Economy: Urban-Rural Dividing Line http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-urban-rural-dividing-line <p></p><p>Two pieces of land in real estate development-hungry South Florida. They are less than two miles apart but more than 10-times the difference in assessed values (see photo above).</p><p>The reason: the Urban Development Boundary (UDB) in Miami-Dade County.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 20807 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Urban-Rural Dividing Line The Sunshine Economy: Tomato Trade War http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-tomato-trade-war <p>The juicy red tomato has been the target of an international trade war since the mid-1990s. It pits U.S. tomato growers, including DiMare Company of South Florida, against growers in Mexico. &nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-agriculture" target="_blank">RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Agriculture</a></strong></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:48:39 +0000 Tom Hudson 20753 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Tomato Trade War How To Better Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides: Spanish http://wlrn.org/post/how-better-protect-farmworkers-pesticides-spanish Advocates for farmworkers, especially those who grow America's leafy greens and fresh vegetables, are <a href="http://farmworkerjustice.org/press/new-farmworker-justice-report-profiles-dangers-pesticide-poisoning-offers-recommendations-epa">pushing</a> the government to do more to protect those workers from exposure to pesticides.<p>A 20-year-old regulation — the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/twor.html">Worker Protection Standard</a> — is supposed to prevent harmful pesticide exposures on the farm. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:59:08 +0000 17630 at http://wlrn.org How To Better Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides: Spanish New Bugs In Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops http://wlrn.org/post/new-bugs-florida-stymie-researchers-threaten-crops With its pleasant climate, Florida has become home to more exotic and invasive species of plants and animals than any other state in the continental U.S. Some invasive species have been brought in deliberately, such as the Burmese python or the Cuban brown snail. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:05:36 +0000 Greg Allen 16484 at http://wlrn.org New Bugs In Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops $5 A Pound? Tomato Price Threat Seen As Tactic In Trade Dispute With Mexico http://wlrn.org/post/5-pound-tomato-price-threat-seen-tactic-trade-dispute-mexico <p></p><p>Will stopping Mexican tomatoes at the border raise tomato prices prohibitively for American consumers?</p><p>An importers group predicted recently that if the 1996 tomato agreement with Mexico is terminated, tomatoes could rise to $5 a pound in American supermarkets. Florida growers now say that's a scare tactic by interest groups who favor Mexican imports. "Under no circumstances will this be true," said Edward Beckman, president of Certified Greenhouse Farmers.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Rick Stone 8809 at http://wlrn.org $5 A Pound? Tomato Price Threat Seen As Tactic In Trade Dispute With Mexico Fla. Tomato Growers Say Mexico Trade Deal Is Rotten http://wlrn.org/post/fla-tomato-growers-think-trade-deal-mexico-rotten Half of all tomatoes eaten in the U.S. come from Mexico, and tomato growers in Florida aren't happy about that. In fact, they're willing to risk a trade war to reverse the trend.<p>At JC Distributing In Nogales, Ariz., one misstep and you're likely to get knocked over by a pallet full of produce. Forklifts crisscross each other carrying peppers, squash and especially tomatoes from trucks backed into the warehouse loading dock.<p>"This is a Mexican truck being unloaded," says JC President Jaime Chamberlain. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:04:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 8189 at http://wlrn.org Fla. Tomato Growers Say Mexico Trade Deal Is Rotten Evaporated Cane Juice: Sugar In Disguise? http://wlrn.org/post/evaporated-cane-juice-sugar-disguise If you're one of those people who vigilantly checks the ingredient list of the things you buy at the grocery store, you may have already seen this: Some food products now contain something called "evaporated cane juice." It can be found in yogurt, fruit juices and lemonades.<p>So what exactly is evaporated cane juice? Well, it depends on whom you ask. We spoke with a few folks outside our local grocery store, and many of them were confused. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:24:22 +0000 editor 3139 at http://wlrn.org Evaporated Cane Juice: Sugar In Disguise? Agriculture Commissioner Says Industry Needs 'Stable, Legal Workforce' http://wlrn.org/post/agriculture-commissioner-says-industry-needs-stable-legal-workforce <p>Immigration and agriculture go hand in hand.</p><p>That's what community and business leaders in Tallahassee recently heard from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.</p><p>He said immigration reform is vital to the health of the <a href="http://www.freshfromflorida.com/">state’s agriculture industry</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Putnam told the Economic Club of Florida he is concerned the U.S. is losing business to developing countries that have different standards for hiring farm workers.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:12:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 2973 at http://wlrn.org Agriculture Commissioner Says Industry Needs 'Stable, Legal Workforce'