• 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 »
  • Okray Family Farms receives NPC Environmental Stewardship award

    Jan 18, 2016

    Mark Finnessy and his father, Mike Finnessy, of Okray Family Farms, from Plover, Wisconsin, were awarded National Potato Council’s 2015 Environmental Stewardship award. The award was presented during the NPC annual banquet at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, Jan. 14. The… Full Story »
  • Syngenta looking at merger options

    Jan 18, 2016

    Syngenta is continuing its talks on merger options with various companies, according to Michel Demare, chairman on the board of directors. Syngenta is in talks with China’s state-owned ChemChina, Monsanto and other companies, Demare said. Here’s more from Reuters: ChemChina, which is being advised by HSBC, is seeking a loan… Full Story »
  • Michigan woman wins $5,000 and Top Spud honor

    Jan 14, 2016

    Bridgett Blough, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, won $5,000 and the title of “Top Spud” in the Spud Nation Throwdown Cook-off competition among three food truck chefs at the POTATO EXPO 2016. Sponsored by the National Potato Council, the competing chefs, Blough, Daniel McCarthy, of Columbus, Ohio,… Full Story »
  • USPB launches Spud Nation food truck

    Jan 14, 2016

    The U.S. Potato Board (USPB) launched the inaugural Spud Nation food truck at the POTATO EXPO 2016. The food truck represents a move by the USPB into proactive, demand-building marketing for potatoes. Following the EXPO luncheon and keynote address by Chef Jeff Henderson on Wednesday,… Full Story »
  • Innate second generation potato receives FDA safety clearance

    Jan 14, 2016

    The Food and Drug Administration has completed its food and feed safety assessment of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate potatoes. The FDA concluded that these Russet Burbank Generation 2 potatoes are not materially different in composition, safety, and other relevant parameters, from… Full Story »
  • Report: pesticide residues do not pose safety concern for food

    Jan 13, 2016

    The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2014 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary, which confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested are at levels below the tolerances established by the EPA and do not pose a safety concern. The 2014 PDP Annual Summary shows that… Full Story »
  • USDA grants $3 million for robotics research

    Jan 11, 2016

    The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $3 million in grants to advance the use of co-robots that benefit and assist stakeholders in America’s production agriculture field. These three grants are part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), a federal research partnership that includes NIFA, the National… Full Story »
  • United Fresh, PMA react to USDA Dietary Guidelines

    Jan 8, 2016

    The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services recently released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The recommendations focus on five overarching guidelines and what foods to consume more or less of. Here are reactions from around the produce industry: United Fresh Produce Association – Tom… Full Story »

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