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Ample supplies, increased interest set citrus up for a strong season

Consumers typically turn to citrus to load up on vitamin C during cold and flu season, but this year, suppliers hope they’ll stock up on even more grapefruit, oranges, mandarins and lemons to keep COVID-19 at bay.

Fresh-market tangerines harvesting in Florida

Florida’s citrus harvest in early November continued with navel and Hamlin oranges, red grapefruit and Fallglo and Early Pride tangerines, mostly for the fresh market, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Packer Insight — FDA investigations, H-2A news, online grocery and more

Tom Karst, Chris Koger, Amy Sowder and Ashley Nickle take you through the big stories of the week, from developments related to H-2A wages to company news born from increased demand for online grocery services.

Florida Ag Expo cancelled due to COVID-19

Florida Ag Expo, an annual trade show with educational seminars for vegetable and specialty crop growers, has decided to forego its 2020 event. 

Packer Insight — New products, awards, Florida and more

Get a rundown of the news of the week from Tom Karst, Chris Koger, Ashley Nickle and Amy Sowder on topics from Trevor Suslow leaving PMA to Oleen Smethurst receiving the Canadian Produce Person of the Year Award.

IMG’s Veronique Sallin recognized for citrus contributions in Florida

Veronique Sallin, co-founder of Clermont, Fla.-based IMG Enterprises Inc., parent company of IMG Citrus, is Florida’s 2020 Woman of the Year in Agriculture.

FFVA schedules regional meetings in Belle Glade, Clewiston

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has scheduled two regional meetings to provide updates on issues affecting the state’s growers.

COVID-19 tests available for Florida farmworkers, families

As Florida’s fall harvest season begins, there are new efforts to provide COVID-19 testing for farmworkers.

UPDATE: U.S. considers steps to protect against seasonal imports

The Trump administration plans to take steps to protect U.S. growers of seasonal produce against what it calls threats of increased imports.

U.S. growers testify that Mexico trade practices harm them

U.S. growers, trade groups, Florida officials and members of Congress testified virtually in front of federal agencies that imports, mostly targeting Mexico, are increasingly making harder for U.S. farms to survive.