Citrus

Update on citrus greening in Florida

Officials in Miami-Dade County are dealing with an infestation of the Asian fruit fly; it has not spread beyond Miami-Dade, but citrus growers through the whole state still face another issue: citrus greening. To find out how greening is still affecting the crop, WMNF recently spoke with Larry Black, general manager of the Peace River Packing… Read more »

East Hillsborough residents say pesticides from nearby farms are making them sick

Today on Midpoint, we talk with a group of women from the Dover and Thonotosassa area in Hillsborough county, who claim pesticides sprayed over nearby farms have been making them and their families sick. Over the last few years Joanna Magrath, Mary Zentkovich and Cynthia Ballard and their families have been experience respiratory issues,nausea,  headaches, chronic… Read more »

Citrus

Polk County citrus farmer cautiously optimistic about Oriental fruit fly

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said in a news release Tuesday there is an Oriental fruit fly infestation in Miami-Dade County. Officials have declared a state of emergency because the fly could potentially attack hundreds of crops there. But the general manager of the Peace River Packing Company, Larry Black, tells WMNF News there’s no immediate… Read more »