The Devil’s In The Details

Thankfully, today’s tools — no matter the size, format, and use — usually come with the added value of an intuitive nature. I’m all for plug-and-play implements, especially if the device or devices help streamline my busy schedule. I think most can agree on that sentiment. But more often than I’d like to admit, I’m reaching back into the recycle bin or disheveled product box to pull out the discarded instructions. “Ah-ha! So that doo-hickey goes there.” Or: “Oh, I needed to press that in order to activate it.” And so on and so on …
It’s easy to have a preconceived notion about how something works or should work, until it actually doesn’t deliver when you need it most.

Practice Makes Perfect

The continuously expanding regulatory pressures keep mounting for Florida growers. EPA’s proposed numeric nutrient standards for the state’s waterways are now a reality. How much of an impact they will have on ag is still yet to be seen. There is still a little more than a year before they go into effect. That should be enough time to figure it out, right?
About a year ago, Florida Grower asked its eNews readers if they employed best management practices (BMPs) on their farm. Almost 88% of respondents said they did. The number of respondents wasn’t overwhelming, but those who did participate gave positive feedback. That’s good news since BMP compliance will be key in helping transition amid the potential challenges brought forth by the new water rule. With that in mind, for those not so familiar with the acronyms BMPs and GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) and the meanings behind them — whether by choice or happenstance — should do so and strive to make them part of your operation’s makeup. See page 14 to learn how BMPs can pay off for your business.

Figuring Food Safety

As of presstime, the Food Safety Modernization Act was newly signed into law by President Obama. There was much feedback from readers when the legislation was first passed back and forth by the Senate and House. Reading the comments on, it’s clear opposition to the bill is quite strong. Why shouldn’t it be? It’s dubbed as the first major food safety shakeup since the 1930s. Not to mention, several of its highlights are confusing.
Now the fun begins with rulemaking and other hammering out of fine details. So, now what? Prepare to scour the document? Get out the magnifying glass, the pages are aplenty and the print is small. Stay tuned for next month’s issue as Florida Grower, along with sister magazines American Vegetable Grower and American Fruit Grower attempt to break down the food safety overhaul in digestible bites and make some sense of what you should prepare for.
The more changes — good and bad — come our way, the more we need to read between the lines. That may require more time invested, but it’s the fastest way to get up to speed. Happy reading.

Leave a Reply

Featured Stories

All Vegetables Stories >All Fruits Stories >All Nuts Stories >All Citrus Stories >

The Latest

CitrusNew Superhero Aims To Save Florida Citrus
September 22, 2014
Unique marketing partnership comes to life through comics. Read More
Apples & PearsKasumin Now Registered For Fire Blight Control
September 22, 2014
EPA approves use of bactericide on pome fruit as disease management tool. Read More
Food SafetyUSDA Issues Updates To Food Safety Modernization Act
September 19, 2014
Water testing, definition of applicable farms based on produce sales among clarifications to proposed rules. Read More
GrapesThird Straight Record Crop For Washington Grapes
September 19, 2014
Numbers expected to climb as more vines planted in the state. Read More
GrapesFrench Winegrowers Face Higher Labor Costs
September 19, 2014
French wineries may come under added financial pressure as the government considers imposing social charges on wages paid to harvest workers with short-term contracts. Read More
IrrigationCalifornia Boosts Local Water Control
September 19, 2014
Governor Jerry Brown signs historic legislation to strengthen local management and monitoring of critical groundwater basins. Read More
VegetablesSakata Seed America Shows Heart Through Charitable Prog…
September 19, 2014
Company’s corporate giving mission bears fruit for the American Heart Association. Read More
Insect & Disease UpdateAdditional Aid Coming For Florida Citrus Growers Gouged…
September 17, 2014
Through USDA’s Tree Assistance Program, eligible growers can cash in on cost share for diseased tree removal and replanting. Read More
FruitsFlorida Fruit & Vegetable Association Seeks Fresh A…
September 17, 2014
New partnership bolsters Fresh From Florida program. Read More
CitrusFDA Announces Cooperative Agreement To Implement Nation…
September 17, 2014
Agreement will provide information to help plan and carry out the produce safety rule in partnership with state regulatory agencies. Read More
NutsAchieving A Super-Premium Walnut Crop
September 17, 2014
What are the best ways to get high quality walnuts that are light in color and fully developed? Read these 8 harvest best practices to find out. Read More
NutsAlmond Growers Highly Dependent On Groundwater
September 17, 2014
Fully 87% of large growers use groundwater to irrigate their trees. Read More
NutsWarm Winter And Drought Casting Doubt On Pistachio Harv…
September 17, 2014
Though Rabobank report says that one billion pounds still attainable by 2019. Read More
Crop ProtectionBagrada Bug On The Move In California
September 16, 2014
Find out more on management tactics and what counties are impacted by this invasive pest. Read More
Cucurbits14 Stand-Out Melon Varieties [Slideshow]
September 15, 2014
Browse the slideshow below for information on these exceptional melon varieties from the nation’s leading seed breeders and distributors. Read More
Grower Achievement AwardView Highlights From The 2014 United Fresh Washington P…
September 15, 2014
Browse this slideshow to view photos from the 2014 United Fresh Washington Public Policy Conference, including pictures of this year’s Grower Read More
Apples & PearsCanneries Hope To Encourage Growers To Grow Pears For P…
September 15, 2014
Higher wholesale prices offered as means to boost canning pear acres. Read More
FruitsDeadline Nearing For Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistanc…
September 15, 2014
Fruit growers who suffered losses due to frost or freeze in 2012 could be eligible for assistance through USDA’S Farm Service Agency. Read More