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  • FAA grants permits for agriculture drones

    Jan 9, 2015

    The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday issued permits to use drones to monitor crops and photograph properties for sale, marking the first time permission has been granted to companies involved in agriculture and real estate. The exemptions to the current ban on commercial drone flights… Full Story »
  • Spectrum introduces cloud-based software

    Jan 8, 2015

    Spectrum Technologies has introduced SpecConnect, an advanced web portal cloud solution for crop environmental monitoring using wireless networks. The cloud-based software monitors and captures weather and temperature, plant health and soil moisture data across various microclimates, according to the company. SpecConnect can be pre-configured or… Full Story »
  • Spanish version of Postharvest Operations Harmonized Standards now available

    Jan 6, 2015

    A volunteer team of food safety experts has created an authorized Spanish translation of the Postharvest Operations Harmonized Standards. “A Spanish version of the Harmonized Standards has been needed for some time,” said Dr. David Gombas, senior vice president food safety and technology and coordinator… Full Story »
  • Adidas Group’s Mark King to speak at PMA Symposium

    Dec 31, 2014

    Adidas Group North America President Mark King will share insights on leadership during his upcoming session at the 2015 PMA Foundation Executive Leadership Symposium on January 21-23 in Dallas, Texas. The program, held in partnership with Cornell University, offers senior executives the chance to harness… Full Story »
  • T-L celebrates 60th anniversary

    Dec 30, 2014

    T-L Irrigation, based in Hastings, Nebraska, is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015.             Company founder LeRoy Thom began the T-L Irrigation at 1103 E. South St. in Hastings.  In 1969, T-L produced its first self-propelled circular irrigation system, featuring a continuous move hydraulic drive… Full Story »
  • USDA releases 2013 pesticide data summary

    Dec 23, 2014

    USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2013 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The PDP summary confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested are at levels below the tolerances established by EPA and do not pose a… Full Story »
  • Produce industry leaders join Bayer CropScience in recognizing innovation

    Dec 19, 2014

    Bayer CropScience has enlisted leaders from three top produce industry groups as judges for the first-ever Bayer CropScience Produce Innovation Award. The winner of the inaugural award program will be announced Feb. 24 – 25 at the 2015 Ag Issues Forum in Phoenix. Produce Innovation… Full Story »
  • Congress approves white potatoes for WIC program

    Dec 17, 2014

    Through the combined legislative efforts of Sen. Susan Collins, (R-Maine), Sen. Mark Udall, (D-Colo.) and Rep. Mike Simpson, (R-Idaho), white potatoes are now included in the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             John Keeling, National Potato Council (NPC) executive… Full Story »
  • Comment period passes for supplemental FSMA rules

    Dec 15, 2014

    The December 15 deadline for comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act supplemental language for the produce safety and preventive control rules has expired, with produce organizations submitting their official views on the changes to FDA. “Our main priority is to assure that when these… Full Story »
  • United report shows fresh produce volume steady

    Dec 11, 2014

    United Fresh Produce Association released the third quarter 2014 edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce. The report shows that, during this quarter, fruit and vegetable volume remained steady compared to the previous year, while dollar sales increased… Full Story »

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