DHS Requirement: Non-U.S. Individual Travelers Entering U.S. Must Be Fully Vaccinated

Jim Rogers General, Labor

WASHINGTON – Beginning today January 22, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States, either by land ports of entry or ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders, to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. They will also have to provide related proof of vaccination. These new restrictions will apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for both essential and non-essential reasons. They will not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents …

Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate

Clint Thompson Coronavirus

Large farming operations that opposed the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate were dealt a victory on Thursday. The Supreme Court temporarily blocked the mandate in a 6-3 decision that would have been issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the …

Few Slots Remain Open for Executive Farm Management Program

Jim Rogers Agri-business, General

By Frank Giles The Executive Farm Management program, offered by North Carolina (N.C.) State Extension, Clemson Cooperative Extension, East Carolina University College of Business and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, is set to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Blake Brown, an Extension economist with N.C. State, said there’s still time to sign up for the program. Interested growers should act …

2022 SE Regional Conference Event Helps Producers Move Forward

Jim Rogers Fruit, General, Vegetables

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference was just what the doctor ordered for growers yearning to reconnect with fellow farmers and look ahead to the upcoming season. “We are pleased with the continued attendance for this event,” said Drew Echols, Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) president. “After our virtual event in 2021, it was encouraging to see our …

Blueberry: Behind the Superfood Status

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Specialty Crop Industry magazine, Top Posts

By Ulschan Bathe and Bryan Leong When people think of superfoods, one of the first things that comes to mind is blueberries. Blueberries are a perennial crop native to North America with global production of around 1 million tons. Their commercial cultivation started in the early 1900s, and breeders have been developing better varieties ever since. The unique look, smell …

Sneak Peek: January 2021 Specialty Crop Industry Magazine

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Specialty Crop Industry magazine, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson A new year brings a new name to VSCNews Magazine. That’s right, the leader in specialty crop news will now be known as Specialty Crop Industry. The January issue of Specialty Crop Industry highlights the name change and what it means for its parent company, AgNet Media. The issue also focuses on blueberries and highlights different aspects …

Fertilization of Blueberries in Pine Bark Beds

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Specialty Crop Industry magazine, Top Posts

By Doug Phillips and Jeffrey G. Williamson Blueberries have specific nutrient requirements that differ from other horticultural crops. They have shallow root systems and no root hairs, which limits the ability to take up nutrients. Blueberries grow best in acidic soils (ideal pH range of 4.5 to 5.5) with at least 3% organic matter and prefer the ammonium form of …

Christmas Tree Sales: It’s Unreal

Clint Thompson Alabama, Christmas trees, Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Christmas tree sales started early and ended earlier for one South Georgia farmer. “The sales were unreal,” said Jerry Hubbard, owner of Hubbard Christmas Tree Farm in Thomasville, Georgia. Hubbard’s ‘unreal’ year of Christmas tree sales started in mid-November and ended in mid-December. People visited from all over the Southeast to cut a tree. Hubbard even had …