If Texas is a destination for your fruit this year, then FDACS has a program which will benefit you.
FDACS is calling the program “Participant Pathway to Peaches”, which will result in a certification of your peaches for shipping to Texas. Although applications for NEW parcels was to be submitted by October 1, 2015, please contact Denise Marshall (Denise.Marshall@FreshFromFlorida.com) for information on submitting new parcels for monitoring and certification. Below are two documents that help to explain this program and the costs per acre. The billing minimum is 40 acres.
For more information on the FDACS website regarding the peach protocol for 2016, please see: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry under “Hot Topics”.