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Fly prompts US ban on Dominican Republic fruit

Date: March 18, 2015. DOMINICAN TODAY

Washington.- The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on Wednesday issued import restrictions on "host commodities from the Dominican Republic into or through the United States," on detection of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) in the Caribbean nation.More

Save the guac 2015: Florida avocado treat calls for drones, dogs

Date: April 28, 2015. gulf live

MIAMI. With the killers hiding in the trees, heat-sensing drones are launched into the air. When their whereabouts are narrowed, the dogs are sent in. When it comes to protecting the world's supply of guacamole, no weapon can be spared.More

Guava fruit flies found in Florida

Publication date: 6/1/2015

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has positively identified the presence of two guava fruit flies, Bactrocera correcta, collected during routine trapping activities. The origin of the flies, collected in the Boynton Beach area, has not been determined.More

State agricultural emergency declared in Florida

Publication date: 9/16/2015Fresh from Florida

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared a state of agricultural emergency yesterday due to the Oriental Fruit Fly infestation in Miami-Dade County. The Oriental Fruit Fly is considered one of the most serious of the world's fruit fly pests due to its potential economic harm. More

Pest shuts down S.Florida's $700m fruit industry

Publication date: 9/23/2015

In Florida, federal and state officials have quarantined 85 square miles of farmland to combat a destructive pest: the Oriental fruit fly, which attacks hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables. The invasive insect was first detected near Miami a few weeks ago. Since then, authorities have banned the transport of most fruits and vegetables from one of the nation's most productive agricultural areas. More

Florida starfruit entering late-year peak

Publication date: 12/17/2015

In the midst of a strong, stable season, Florida’s starfruit production is poised to enter its yearly late fall/early winter peak."It’s going pretty good," says Fred Elson of Elson’s Exotics, a specialty fruit grower based out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Elson says that yields and product quality have been “pretty typical” throughout the season. "We had more problems with quality last year, but that was largely due to issues with crop scouting and selection."


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