Florida Strawberry Season and Organic Dairy Growth Slow
**Florida strawberry season is in full swing as strawberries thrive in the Sunshine State in 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 because of its climate and daylength.
Roughly 11,000 acres are currently reserved for growing strawberries in Hillsborough County alone, the state’s leading strawberry-producing county.
**Organic dairy farm production growth is slower than conventional operations, according to new data from USDA’s Economic Research Service.
USDA studied the difference between organic and conventional farm growth from 2000-2016.
Total factor productivity grew at an annual rate of 0.66% for organic dairy farms compared with 2.51% for conventional dairy operations.
Both organic and conventional farms saw productivity growth due to technological progress, but weather-related feed factors reduced productivity for organic farms.
**The EPA agreed to file a notice in the Federal Register seeking comment on a proposed judicial consent decree that would require EPA to finalize the 2021-22 Renewable Volume Obligations.
The announcement is part of a settlement with Growth Energy, which filed multiple notices of intent to sue and a complaint in federal district court following the agency’s extended RVO delays.
Growth Energy contends the delays are a direct violation of the deadlines established by Congress for the Renewable Fuel Standard.