Slowdown in Florida strawberry season and organic dairy growth
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your agribusiness update.
**Florida strawberry season is in full swing as strawberries thrive in the Sunshine State during the winter months.
According to www.floridafarmbureau.org, Florida strawberries are in peak season from February through March.
Hillsborough County is considered the “belt line” of strawberry production due to its climate and day length.
About 11,000 acres are currently set aside for growing strawberries in Hillsborough County alone, the state’s top strawberry-growing county.
** Production growth on organic dairy farms is slower than on conventional farms, according to new data from the USDA Economic Research Service.
The USDA studied the difference between the growth of organic and conventional farms from 2000 to 2016.
Total factor productivity increased at an annual rate of 0.66% for organic dairy farms compared to 2.51% for conventional dairy farms.
Both organic and conventional farms have seen growth in productivity due to advances in technology, but weather-related feeding factors have reduced the productivity of organic farms.
**EPA has agreed to file a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on a proposed judicial consent decree that would require EPA to finalize Revolving Volume Obligations 2021-22.
The announcement is part of a settlement with Growth Energy, which has filed multiple notices of intent to sue and a complaint in federal district court following the agency’s extended RVO delays.
Growth Energy argues that the delays are a direct violation of deadlines established by Congress for the renewable fuels standard.