• USDA allocates $58.25 million to protect agriculture from pests

    Feb 12, 2016

    USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has allocated $58.25 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This money will support 434 projects that prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and… Full Story »
  • Water sampling for FSMA compliance

    Feb 11, 2016

    Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule on Produce Safety. One area that was tweaked in the final rule from the proposed rule was clarification around sampling when testing irrigation water for fresh produce. Recall that the FSMA classifies two… Full Story »
  • PVY workshops June 20-23

    Feb 11, 2016

    Potato virus detection training workshops will be held in four different sites from June 20-23.  The workshops will cover field identification of PVY (strains O, N-Wi and NTN), including visual identification of foliar symptoms on 40 major cultivars. The training will include samples of different… Full Story »
  • Marrone Bio submits novel biofungicide to EPA

    Feb 9, 2016

    Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. announced that it has submitted MBI-110, a new biological fungicide, to the EPA. A broad spectrum product, MBI-110 is especially notable for its activity on downy mildews and white molds, as shown in two years of field trials in the U.S., Canada and Europe,… Full Story »
  • WPVGA presents Hall of Fame inductions, industry awards

    Feb 8, 2016

    The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) inducted two individuals into the WPVGA Hall of Fame for their lifetime achievement in the development of the state’s potato industry. Hall of Fame inductions were held at the WPVGA’s annual awards banquet hosted Feb. 3 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.… Full Story »
  • Center for Produce Safety selects BioSafe for irrigation water study

    Feb 8, 2016

    The Center for Produce Safety has chosen BioSafe Systems‘ SaniDate 5.0 andSaniDate 12.0 as participating chemistries in multiple research studies for 2016, according to a news release. The studies will investigate risk criteria and foodborne pathogen reduction practices for irrigation water. The objective is to prevent future outbreaks of illnesses associated with contaminated… Full Story »
  • California extends water cuts

    Feb 4, 2016

    The California State Water Resources Control Board announced the extension of water conservation mandates through the end of October. Urban Californians will have to reduce their water usage by about 23.4 percent, the Sacramento Bee reports. Here’s more from the Sacramento Bee: The decision came in… Full Story »
  • USDA grants $30.1 million for food safety research

    Feb 3, 2016

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of $30.1 million in competitive grants to fund 80 research projects to improve food safety, reduce antibiotic resistance in food, and increase the resilience of plants in the face of climate change, according to a news release. The grants are made possible… Full Story »
  • NIFA: ag research needs to be a priority

    Feb 3, 2016

    Seeing President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal and the strong commitment it makes to agricultural research reminds me of Dr. Consuelo De Moraes. As a university researcher and panel manager of the National Research Initiative (NRI) competitive grants program, I called Dr. De Moraes in 2002… Full Story »
  • Syngenta Board recommends ChemChina’s $43B offer to shareholders

    Feb 3, 2016

    The Syngenta Board of Directors announced it finds ChemChina‘s $43 billion offer to buy Syngenta as respecting the interests of all stakeholders and is unanimously recommending the offer to shareholders, according to a news release. ChemChina has offered to acquire the company at $465 per share in cash, plus a special… Full Story »

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