• All Harmonized Standards available in Spanish

    Sep 4, 2015

    The Spanish versions of “Field Operations and Harvesting, Post-harvest Operations and the Combined Harmonized Food Safety Standards” are all now official without change and available for use. The Harmonized Standards were created by a wide spectrum of fresh produce industry stakeholders by merging the requirements… Full Story »
  • Syngenta to sell its vegetable seed division

    Sep 3, 2015

    Syngenta announced actions to accelerate shareholder value creation through unlocking the considerable inherent worth in its global seeds portfolio. As stated in the company’s full and half-year results, this will be achieved in a number of ways such as driving profitability improvement, strategic partnerships or… Full Story »
  • DuPont Zorvec receives registration approval

    Sep 3, 2015

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted registration approval for a new DuPont disease control active ingredient, oxathiapiprolin, which DuPont Crop Protection will market under the trademark Zorvec. DuPont Zorvec is the first member of a new class of fungicides which represents a step change improvement in disease… Full Story »
  • PMA employs new Global Business Development Manager

    Sep 2, 2015

    Natalia Gamarra joined Produce Marketing Association (PMA) on Aug. 3 as the new global business development manager. Gamarra holds eight years of international business experience and possesses proficiency in languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Her knowledge and background will be essential to her new role… Full Story »
  • USDA: Past, present, future of U.S.-Cuba trade relationship

    Sep 2, 2015

    Since December 2014, when the United States and Cuba announced the intention to restore diplomatic ties for the first time in more than half a century, the U.S. has taken steps to ease restrictions on trade, remittances, and travel to Cuba. The actions have generated… Full Story »
  • EPA approves Syngenta fungicide

    Sep 1, 2015

    Syngenta's SDHI fungicide Solatenol has received registration from EPA. First significant sales in the United States are expected in the 2016 season. Solatenol has already been launched in Latin America as ELATUS, offering growers performance against soybean rust, a devastating disease which can significantly impact yields. In the… Full Story »
  • Federal Register receives final version of food safety rule

    Aug 31, 2015

    In compliance with a court deadline, the FDA has submitted the final preventive controls rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act to the Federal Register for publication. Although the rules have been submitted, no details have yet been released. FDA said that documents submitted to the Federal… Full Story »
  • APHIS deregulates Simplot’s Generation Two Innate potato

    Aug 28, 2015

    The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service  (APHIS) has deregulated J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation Russet Burbank Innate potato. The second generation of Simplot’s Innate potato contains four traits: 1) reduced bruising and black spots; 2) reduced asparagine; 3) resistance to Late Blight; and… Full Story »
  • BREAKING: North Dakota judge blocks EPA’s water rule

    Aug 28, 2015

    According to media reports, a federal judge in North Dakota blocked the Obama administration’s water rule hours before it was due to take effect. Here’s more from The Hill:        Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota… Full Story »
  • Colorful potatoes may pack powerful cancer prevention punch

    Aug 27, 2015

    Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, according to a team of researchers. Baked purple-fleshed potatoes suppressed the growth of colon cancer tumors in petri dishes and in mice by targeting the cancer's… Full Story »

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