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  • PTI releases guidance documents on case-level traceability data

    Sep 23, 2015

    Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) working groups representing every facet of the produce supply chain recently developed two new guidance documents to help industry leverage current investments in case-level traceability for additional business benefits. The PTI guidance documents for “Sharing Trace-Back Data” and for “Global Location… Full Story »
  • FDA schedules public meeting on FSMA Preventive Controls final rules

    Sep 23, 2015

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today a public meeting to offer the opportunity for discussion on the recently finalized rules on preventive controls for human and animal foods under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The meeting, entitled “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Final Rules… Full Story »
  • Chef Jeff to give EXPO keynote address

    Sep 22, 2015

    Celebrity chef Jeff Henderson will give the keynote address at the National Potato Council’s (NPC) POTATO EXPO 2016 on January 13 at the Mirage in Las Vegas. Henderson is the star of the syndicated television show, “Flip My Food with Chef Jeff.” He will share… Full Story »
  • Organic product sales in the U.S. increased 72 percent since 2008

    Sep 18, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of the 2014 Organic Survey, which shows that 14,093 certified and exempt organic farms in the United States sold a total of $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014, up 72 percent since 2008.… Full Story »
  • International potato growers are looking forward to FRUIT LOGISTICA

    Sep 17, 2015

    The harvest for stock potatoes will begin in the next few weeks in Germany and DKHV President Thomas Herkenrath is looking forward to the new season. If the quality of the harvest is good, he expects to see an improvement in market development compared to… Full Story »
  • Syngenta adds Orondis fungicide to potato portfolio

    Sep 14, 2015

    Syngenta announced that it has received U.S. EPA approval for ORONDIS. Pending state registrations, Orondis is expected to be available for the 2016 season. ORONDIS offers vegetable and specialty crop growers a step change in controlling diseases such as downy mildew and late blight, according to the… Full Story »
  • USDA awards $8.3 million in grants to support agriculture research, development

    Sep 11, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded more than $8.3 million in grants to small businesses for advanced research and development projects that will lead to technological innovations and solutions for American agriculture. NIFA awarded 85 grants through Phase… Full Story »
  • Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls rule now final

    Sep 10, 2015

    FDA said the final rule has elements of both the original and supplemental proposals, in addition to new requirements that are the outgrowth of public input received during the comment period for both proposals. For example, it said flexibility has been built into key requirements, including… Full Story »
  • U.S. potato exports decline for FY14

    Sep 10, 2015

    The USPB reports that total U.S. potato exports declined for the first time in over 10 years. Total U.S. exports were $1.6 billion for FY 14 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015), a 7 percent decline below FY13. The FY14 total represents the third highest total… Full Story »
  • Great American Media Services announces acquisition of two horticulture magazines

    Sep 10, 2015

    Business-to-business publisher and event management company Great American Media Services has announced its acquisition of Scranton Gillette Communications’ Horticulture Group, including two magazines, Web properties and two events for the garden retail and greenhouse production industries. Greenhouse Product News, Lawn & Garden Retailer, Big Grower Executive Summit and the Plant Health Management Conference will… Full Story »

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