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  • Late blight recommendations for 2015

    Jun 24, 2015

    Late blight has not been reported to date in Michigan but conditions remain conducive for late blight development according to a report released by Willie Kirk, Michigan State University associate professor of plant pathology and Extension specialist for potatoes and Noah Rosenzweig, Michigan State University… Full Story »
  • Potato price-fixing lawsuit remains unsettled

    Jun 24, 2015

    The announcement by the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho of preliminary approval of a $25 million negotiated settlement of an antitrust class action lawsuit does not mean an end to the issue. The suit alleged that United Potato Growers of America (UPGA),… Full Story »
  • PMA meets with industry thought leaders to address produce safety policy

    Jun 24, 2015

    Produce Marketing Association officials convened leaders of the fresh produce industry, regulatory officials, and esteemed members of academia for a Produce Safety Policy Conference in Washington D.C. Topics discussed during the event were the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) work regarding Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation and Listeria monocytogenes food safety… Full Story »
  • Webinar explains bee protection proposal; comment period extended

    Jun 19, 2015

    EPA is hosting a public webinar that will provide background information and additional details about its proposed plan to prohibit the use of all highly toxic pesticides when crops are in bloom and bees are present under contract for pollination services. The plan also recommends… Full Story »
  • New study shows crop rotation has positive impact on soil health

    Jun 19, 2015

    A study authored by Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences assistant professor Lisa Tiemann is the first of its kind to show that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities… Full Story »
  • Alternatives to chlorothalonil for potato late blight control

    Jun 18, 2015

    Conditions for late blight development throughout Michigan are conducive for the appearance of late blight. No late blight has been found in Michigan as of June 15, 2015, although the disease has now appeared in North Carolina and Florida on potatoes. Chlorothalonil supply for 2015… Full Story »
  • United Fresh introduces Class 21 of Produce Industry Leadership Program

    Jun 17, 2015

    The United Fresh Produce Association is pleased to announce the 12 members of the 2015-2016 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program Leadership Class 21. Sponsored by a grant from DuPont Crop Protection, this program was launched in 1995 and has graduated more than 200 program participants. The Produce… Full Story »
  • Potandon Produce adds two employees to its staff

    Jun 17, 2015

    Potandon Produce announced the addition of Rachel Anderson to the sales department and Gabe Boldt to the operations department. Anderson comes to Potandon bringing a wealth of knowledge and over seventeen years of industry experience that include packaging, shipping, production and sales.  Her most recent position was… Full Story »
  • BioConsortia recruits Dr. Andrew Jacobs to lead R&D team in New Zealand

    Jun 15, 2015

    BioConsortia has appointed Dr. Andrew Jacobs as Head of R&D for its operation in Auckland, New Zealand. He will report to Dr. Susan Turner, SVP R&D for BioConsortia. Jacobs joins BioConsortia with a history of research management. Most recently he held the position of Manager… Full Story »
  • Drones are helping the ag industry soar

    Jun 15, 2015

    Drones are certainly a topic of interest these days. Amazon is exploring the use of drones to make deliveries. Photos are obtained that would otherwise seem isolated and remote. The management of use and privacy issues is widely debated. This high flying technology is poised… Full Story »

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