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  • New USDA bee genebank will preserve genetic diversity

    Jan 27, 2016

    The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is organizing a national bee genebank as part of the agency's response to ongoing problems facing the country's beekeepers. Average losses of managed honey bee colonies have increased to more than 30 percent per year due to pathogens, pests, parasites, and other… Full Story »
  • PMA 2016 Fresh Connections World Tour announced

    Jan 27, 2016

    The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) announced dates and locations for the Fresh Connections World Tour 2016. The tour will kick off in Shanghai, China in March and end in Santiago, Chile in November. Overall, the tour includes stops in five of the seven continents of the world:… Full Story »
  • Dyer new agronomist for MPB

    Jan 26, 2016

    The Maine Potato Board (MPB) has hired Jake Dyer as its agronomist and crop and variety development specialist. Dyer will work with the University of Maine’s potato breeding program to develop and field trial new varieties. He will also work with developing crop rotations and… Full Story »
  • Potato growers select 2016 NPC leadership

    Jan 22, 2016

    The National Potato Council (NPC) announced Jim Tiede from James Tiede Farms of American Falls, Idaho, was elected to serve as president for 2016 and to lead the council’s Executive Committee. Tiede was elected at the NPC’s 2016 Annual Meeting, held Jan. 14-15 in Las… Full Story »
  • Study: high pollinator density, diversity benefit small farms

    Jan 21, 2016

    Higher numbers of pollinators can significantly increase crop productivity of small-sized farms, according to a paper in the latest issue of “Science.” The study found large farms can experience increased yields if they have both a high number of pollinators and diversity. Lucas Garibaldi, author of… Full Story »
  • License to Farm documentary on GMOs released online

    Jan 21, 2016

    License to Farm, a documentary on how sustainability, regulation and food safety affect farmers, is now available online. The documentary “explores the truth behind common misconceptions of agriculture production in Canada, while empowering farmers to stand up and advocate for their social license to farm,” according… Full Story »
  • Understanding exemptions under Food Safety Modernization Act

    Jan 21, 2016

    New rules are here for produce growers. As many growers are aware, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for the first time regulates the growing of fresh produce under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FSMA spans over 500 pages and is extremely complex. Part of this complexity… Full Story »
  • Counting all farmers for the 2017 Census of Agriculture

    Jan 20, 2016

    The 2017 Census of Agriculture is still two years away but, at the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), we work hard to continually improve the data we collect. The agriculture census conducted every five years is the one time we collect demographic information on today’s farmers… Full Story »
  • United Fresh announces food safety training courses

    Jan 20, 2016

    United Fresh is launching a new training program to assist produce industry members in complying with the Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. United Fresh will deliver FDA-approved training for growers and fresh-cut processors using curricula from… Full Story »
  • USDA expands microloans to include farmland purchases

    Jan 19, 2016

    Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will help beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming,… Full Story »

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