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  • NASS to survey growers in March

    Feb 17, 2015

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be conducting a survey of farmers in March. The March Agricultural Survey is designed to obtain crucial information that is important for producers, suppliers, universities and government economists. The survey asks producers to provide information on the number… Full Story »
  • Obama immigration policy halted by federal judge in Texas

    Feb 17, 2015

    A federal judge in Texas has ordered a halt, at least temporarily, to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, siding with Texas and 25 other states that filed a lawsuit opposing the initiatives. In an order filed on Monday, the judge, Andrew S. Hanen of… Full Story »
  • FAA proposes new UAS rules

    Feb 16, 2015

    The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking public comment on proposed regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).             The proposed regulations are for UAS under 55 pounds conducting non-recreational operations. The provisions include: daylight only operations; visual line-of-sight only; maximum speed of… Full Story »
  • Frost joins staff at HAREC

    Feb 13, 2015

    Ken Frost has joined the department of botany as an assistant professor and Extension pathologist at Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC).             Frost received his master’s and doctorate in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of research… Full Story »
  • WPVGA presents awards and Hall of Fame induction

    Feb 9, 2015

    The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) inducted Robert Helbach of Amherst into its Hall of Fame during the WPVGA’s annual awards banquet at Stevens Point. Helbach Farms was started in the 1930s by Robert Helbach’s father, George, primarily as a dairy operation with… Full Story »
  • WPVGA elects new president

    Feb 9, 2015

    The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) board of directors elected Andy Wallendal of Wallendal Supply as its 2015 president. Wallendal succeeds Larry Alsum as WPVGA president. The WPVGA associate division board of directors elected Chris Brooks of Central Door Solutions as its 2015… Full Story »
  • United accepting applications for Produce Industry Leadership Program

    Feb 6, 2015

    The application period is now open for the 21st class of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program. Thanks to the generous support of our founding sponsor DuPont Crop Protection, United Fresh members have had the opportunity to take part in this unique experience dedicated… Full Story »
  • Member leaders position PMA for growth

    Feb 6, 2015

    Produce and floral industry members from across the globe gathered in Southern California last week for the first PMA Board of Directors meeting of 2015. The group participated in discussions on key issues including: global trade, future talent needs, omni-channel fulfillment, analysis of the environment… Full Story »
  • IOM recommends white potatoes in WIC program

    Feb 5, 2015

    The National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that the USDA allow white potatoes be an eligible vegetable in the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             At the request of the USDA the IOM is undertaking a… Full Story »
  • FDA commissioner to resign after six-year tenure

    Feb 5, 2015

    Margaret Hamburg, who has been commissioner of FDA for six years, will resign her post in March. Stephen Ostroff, FDA’s chief scientist, will serve as acting commissioner. For more details, see this Washington Post story.

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