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Florida Postharvest Horticulture Tour March 7 to 11, 2022

The Florida Postharvest Horticulture Tour brings participants “up-close and personal” to learn how fresh subtropical, tropical and temperate fruits, vegetables and ornamental crops are handled. With exclusive, behind-the-scene visits hosted by top management, the group becomes familiar with a variety of methods and technologies employed to harvest, pack, cool, ship and receive fresh crops.

This program is coordinated by Dr. Steven Sargent and Dr. Mark Ritenour, specialists in the area of postharvest technology at the University of Florida-IFAS. The tour is designed for produce industry professionals, educators, researchers and students in such diverse areas as field and packinghouse management, transportation, wholesale and retail sales, and import/export. The group will visit large and small-scale operations, compare cooling technologies, visit a fresh-cut processor and a major supermarket distribution center.

For more details or to register go to:

Thank You.

Adrian Berry
Biological Scientist IV
University of Florida
Horticultural Sciences Dept.
2550 Hull Road /1219 Fifield Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 273-4802

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Florida Tomato Committee 2021-22 Organizational Meeting

Established Pursuant to Federal Marketing Agreement and Order No. 966, As Amended
Regulating the Handling of Tomatoes
800 Trafalgar Court, Suite 300, Maitland, Florida 32751
Telephone (407) 660-1949

TO:                FTC Members and Alternates

FROM:          Michael Schadler, FTC Manager

SUBJECT:     Organizational Meeting

CC:                 FTC Registered Handlers from 2020-21;
                       USDA: Chris Nissen, Steven Kauffman, Jennie Varela

Chairman J.M. Procacci has scheduled the Florida Tomato Committee’s 2021-22 Organizational Meeting for Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.

The meeting will be held in the Sea Star Room at The Westin Sarasota:

100 Marina View Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: 941-217-4777

A continental breakfast will be provided for Committee Members and Alternates at 8:45 a.m.
For those unable to attend in person, please use the following teleconference line and password:

Phone Number:  646-632-1000
Code:  1407-8214-151

Participation is critical as a quorum is needed.  The Committee nominees will be seated, and actions taken will be official policies for the upcoming season.

If you need special accommodations or special meal needs to participate in any events, please contact the Committee office at (407) 660-1949.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

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Florida Tomato Committee 2021-2023 Nomination Meeting – District 2 Member Vacancy

Established Pursuant to Federal Marketing Agreement and Order No. 966, As Amended
Regulating the Handling of Tomatoes

800 Trafalgar Court, Suite 300, Maitland, FL  32751
Telephone: (407) 660-1949
June 14, 2021


The Florida Tomato Committee has a grower member position in District 2 that it is seeking to fill.  If you are interested in being nominated, or nominating someone else for the position, please attend a meeting on Thursday, June 24, at 12:00 pm at the UF/IFAS Manatee County Extension Service office, located at 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto, FL 34221.  The meeting will be held in the Stewart conference room.

The Florida Tomato Committee is a Federal Marketing Order that was established in 1955. The Committee enforces quality and packing standards on Florida tomatoes that are shipped in interstate commerce. The Committee also supports research efforts and conducts promotional activities to spur consumption of fresh tomatoes.  The Committee consists of two districts; each district has five member positions and five alternate positions for a total of ten members and ten alternates on the full Committee.

To be eligible to serve or to nominate someone to serve in this open position, you must have grown tomatoes in a proprietary capacity (or as an officer of a corporate producer) within District 2 during the 2020-21 season.  District 2 encompasses the following counties of Florida: Brevard, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and St. Lucie.

This position is for a two-year term, from September 2021 to September 2023.

The Florida Tomato Committee acknowledges the benefits of diversity and encourages the nomination of women, minorities, and disabled persons to serve on the Committee.

 If you need special accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the FTC office at (407) 660-1949 by April 13, 2021, to inform us of your need(s).  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

cc:       FTC Members, Alternates, and Registered Handlers

Chris Nissen, Steven Kauffman, Jennie Varela (USDA)