At a glance: Florida agriculture by the numbers

IN DEPTH: PEOPLE

Alan Jones: 'Protect the environment, provide safe, local food'


Alan Jones knows hard work pays off.  From a high school teenager helping on his family’s farm to running a successful agriculture operation today, he has cultivated a work ethic that has earned high praise from his industry.

Recognized for his innovative farming practices to protect Florida’s natural resources, Jones in September joined the 40-member board of directors for the FFVA.

IN DEPTH: NEWS

Food Law Boot Camp focuses on
reducing risk


Class action lawsuits in the food industry are on the rise, causing concern for those who grow, pack and ship food products. A recent workshop by a national law firm in conjunction with the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association highlighted those emerging legal issues and ways to minimize risk.

Chris Nemeth and Dan Campbell, attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery, presented two sessions recently at the UF/IFAS research centers in Balm and Belle Glade to discuss trends in food law and provide tips for producers to avoid risk.