MANATEE COUNTY TOMATO GROWER WINS AWARD FOR RESPONSIBLE FERTILIZER USE

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in blog

Source: http://www.tampabay.wateratlas.usf.edu/news/details/16310/ Gary Reeder and West Coast Tomato Win a 2017 4R Advocate Award from The Nature Conservancy Florida’s farmers are stewards of 9.45 million acres of land and responsible for $4 billion in agricultural commodities exports. Our farmers are facing the challenge of meeting produce demands while conserving soils, supporting water quality, minimizing water usage, and protecting landscapes. The Conservancy works...

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U.K. study finds tomato extract helps heart disease patients

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in blog

An antioxidant found in tomatoes has been shown to improve the function of blood vessels in cardiovascular disease patients, according to new research by the U.K.’s Cambridge University.  A supplement of lycopene – an extract from the vegetables that is 10 times more potent than vitamin E, was given to volunteers who had the disease and it was shown to benefit them by normalizing the function of the inner lining of a blood vessel called the endothelium. Pharmacologist and...

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Labor And Food Safety Issues Overcome By Technology

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in blog

Source: http://www.growingproduce.com  | 05/01/2008 The McClure family has farming in its blood. Going back to the early 1900s, this family operation was a pioneer tomato grower in Florida’s Manatee County. Known today as West Coast Tomato/McClure Farms, the operation is number 18 in the Southeast on American Vegetable Grower’s list of Top 100 growers. The farm produces about 3,700 acres of fresh market tomatoes. Tomato production begins in mid October and finishes in July....

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Florida tomato season opens with late start, smaller volumes

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in blog

Source: http://www.thepacker.com  | 12/02/2011 PALMETTO, Fla. — After enduring later-than-normal starts, buyers should expect smaller Florida tomato volume. Doug Ohlemeierand and Bob Spencer (left), vice president and sales manager of West Coast Tomato Inc., Palmetto, and Terry Harris, salesman, on the packing line running mature greens in early November. This year’s Florida tomato deal started later than normal and is bringing lower than usual volume.Because of heavy rains...

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