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Together we can accomplish more

As we all continue to navigate through these interesting times, we continue to work diligently for you, our members.  We are striving to bring you the most up to date information that we can.  Some of the items our team is working on - continuing to be your advocate in Washington with worker visas & border crossings in the H-2A program, the stimulus bill and farm support due to COVID-19, the Small Business Administration, promoting watermelons through our social media platforms, and through our National Watermelon Queen’s How-To Video series on social media. 

“The NWA is the Strength, Heart, and Soul of the Watermelon Industry.  Through the voluntary effort of networking together, growers, shippers, and associates continue to keep Watermelon at the forefront of the produce industry insuring an on-going infrastructure from Farm to Consumer.”

Greg Leger – Leger & Son

Our website is updated weekly, sometimes even daily with new information.  And please check your email inbox for weekly updates as well.  If you are having issues accessing your account, please reach out to Tami at:  [email protected]  Not yet a member?  Make today the day that you join our family!  Log onto www.watermelon.ag to join us!

Together we will shape the watermelon industry for future generations!

 

NWA Expands Social Media Presence to Promote Watermelon Sales

To help kickstart spring sales of watermelon during these strange times, the NWA has begun an aggressive social media project that shares multiple messages about the low price of watermelon and the benefits of them with our friends in various platforms.  Additionally, our National Watermelon Queen (Paige Huntington) will star in some made-at-home How-To videos starring Watermelon.  Stay posted for the fun to begin, and share our posts with all of your friends.  Below is an example of some of the work we have been doing to promote watermelon!

 

 

NWA, Produce Industry and Congress Ask USDA for Support

Letters with similar tones were sent to Secretary Sonny Perdue at USDA (relative to the harmful impacts of COVID-19 on the produce industry) by the National Watermelon Association, the Produce Industry and over 100 Members of Congress.  With available emergency funding totaling over $34.5 Billion available for numerous programs, USDA will determine the needed support very soon. 

 

Small Business Administration Funding Available due to COVID-19 Impacts

Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.  In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.  If you have any questions and concerns please contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at1.800.659.2955.

CLICK HERE for more information.

 

BeSure! This Growing Season

 Spring is in the air and the growing season is upon us! This year, BeSure! is back with its second annual national campaign. 

Stakeholders today appreciate how neonicotinoid seed treatments, foliar sprays, soil drenches and granules increase yields and boost revenues, but they are also committed to the importance of protecting bees and other wildlife. This spring, growers and applicators can follow a few simple guidelines to BeSure! they’re using pesticides safely. (For a downloadable / printable version of the tips below, visitGrowingMatters.org/BeSure.) 

For Growers:

  1. Follow directions on the label for appropriate storage, use and disposal practices.
  2. When planting treated seed, use advanced seed flow lubricants that minimize dust.
  3. When planting treated seed, eliminate flowering plants and weeds in and around the field prior to planting. For foliar applications, ensure that sprays are directed away from any flowering plants, follow established buffer zones and calibrate equipment to minimize spray drift.
  4. Before making an application, be aware of any honey bees and hives near the field and communicate with neighboring beekeepers prior to treatment.
  5. Remove and properly dispose of all treated seed. Keep all treated seed out of commodity grain channels.

For Applicators:

  1. Comply with all regulations when using registered pesticide products and ensure proper employee training prior to application.
  2. Apply best management practices when using treated seed, soil drenches or foliar sprays to minimize dust or spray drift. Establish written protocols using best practices to ensure high-quality seed treatment, foliar or field application.
  3. Adopt stewardship documentation for the full life cycle of seed treatment products.
  4. Properly discard any unused product, rinse water or seed treatment by following the label disposal instructions to minimize any potential environmental impact.
  5. Ensure that all required and pertinent neonicotinoid treatment information, consistent with the product label, is conveyed to customers. 

To learn more about best management practices to protect both crops and pollinators while handling neonicotinoid products, visit BeSure!, powered by the Growing Matters coalition and in conjunction with the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC), the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, CropLife America and the Agricultural Retailers Association.

 
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