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  • Potential for late blight from volunteer potatoes in Michigan

    May 22, 2015

    The Late Blight Risk Forecasting (LBRF) website with its 2015 risk estimation for potential survival of potato volunteers in Michigan is now available through Michigan State University Extension. During the past three years, the LBRF website has monitored and recorded overwinter soil thermal conditions for… Full Story »
  • RNMF offers $2,500 scholarships

    May 21, 2015

    The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation (RNMF) is offering $2,500 scholarships to students attending agricultural-related programs at post-secondary institutions in the United States during the 2015-16 school year. The scholarships are the result of a cooperative commitment among Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, AgXcel, Ag PhD, Capello USA,… Full Story »
  • NRCS to invest $21 million in drought relief efforts

    May 21, 2015

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest approximately $21 million in additional Farm Bill dollars to help farmers and ranchers apply science-based solutions to mitigate the short and long-term effects of drought. These investments will focus financial and technical assistance… Full Story »
  • EPA preparing to publish revised Worker Protection Standards

    May 20, 2015

    According to the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE), EPA will publish new Worker Protection Standards in the coming weeks.  According to The Hill, EPA recently sent its final rule to USDA for review. Depending on how long that takes, the new rule could be published in late June. Frank Gasperini, NCAE's… Full Story »
  • Produce Safety Alliance to offer Train-the-Trainer Courses

    May 20, 2015

    The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) has scheduled its first two Train-the-Trainer Courses for June 2015. The PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses are for those interested in becoming PSA Certified Trainers or PSA Certified Lead Trainers and who use the PSA standardized curriculum to train fresh produce growers… Full Story »
  • GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR is coming to Chicago

    May 20, 2015

    The GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR is heading to Chicago on June 11. The tour, “The Sense and Nonsense of Farm Certification,” was organized by the United Fresh Produce Association and will act as a United Fresh 2015 post-show conference. In anticipation of FDA publishing several audit regulations… Full Story »
  • USDA announces funding for food safety training, outreach, assistance

    May 19, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $2.3 million for the establishment of regional centers to support comprehensive food safety training and education, pursuant to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This program is jointly developed and… Full Story »
  • Drought emergency declared in Washington

    May 18, 2015

    Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state declared a drought emergency at a press conference on May 15. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reported that 11 long-term measurement sites were snow-free for the first time since measurements were recorded. The NRCS report for Washington state… Full Story »
  • Do consumers understand the meaning of ‘organic’?

    May 15, 2015

    According to recent research released by Mintel, customers buy organic food for multiple reasons. Here’s a summary from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT): Research from Mintel shows that Americans appear confused about the benefits of organics, with many perceiving the organic products as healthier options… Full Story »
  • USDA forecasts 2015 spring production down

    May 14, 2015

    The USDA crop production report released on May 12, 2015, predicts that spring potato production will decline 11.2 percent compared to 2014 production. The report estimates 2015 spring potato production to be 20.07 million cwt., 2.54 million cwt. less than the 2014 production of 20.61… Full Story »

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