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  • Potatoes USA chef nominee wins United Fresh award

    Apr 20, 2016

    Chef Oliver Plust, chef and part owner of Tender Greens restaurant, is the award winner of the 2016 Quick Service Restaurants category of the United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice awards program, based on the nomination by Potatoes USA. Plust attended the board’s sponsored “Menu Innovation with Potatoes” chef… Full Story »
  • $4M in grants available for IPM research

    Apr 18, 2016

    The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made $4 million available to support research and extension efforts to mitigate pest issues and increase crop protection practices for the agricultural community. This funding is made through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Program, administered by NIFA. Funding… Full Story »
  • APHIS conducting supplemental EA for PCN in eastern Idaho

    Apr 18, 2016

    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has posted a supplemental environmental assessment (EA) for pale cyst nematode (PCN) in Bingham and Bonneville Counties in eastern Idaho. The EA is open for public comments through May 28. According to APHIS, “the purpose of this… Full Story »
  • Organic industry continues growth

    Apr 18, 2016

    Earlier this month, my agency – the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – released data showing that there are now more than 21,000 certified organic operations in the United States, and more than 31,000 around the world.  These numbers represent an increase of almost 12 percent between 2014… Full Story »
  • USDA funds food safety programs for small farms

    Apr 18, 2016

    USDA has made $4.7 million available in grants for food safety education, training, and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers, food hubs, farmers’… Full Story »
  • Belchim takes stake in Engage Agro

    Apr 18, 2016

    Belchim Crop Protection is acquiring a significant minority stake in the Canadian company, Engage Agro. The agreement, which will take effect in May, was signed between Dirk Putteman, CEO of Belchim Crop Protection, and Ray Chyc of Engage Agro, along with a number of other shareholders. Engage… Full Story »
  • Grant expands parasitic roundworms research

    Apr 18, 2016

    NH Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Rick Cote at the University of New Hampshire has received a USDA grant to expand his research on parasitic nematodes, or roundworms, which cause approximately $100 billion in annual global crop damage. Researchers are hopeful that one day their work will lead to… Full Story »
  • Manure application study looks at downwind safety

    Apr 15, 2016

    New field research out of Clarkson University in upstate New York is taking a look at how microbes can travel from manure application sites to downwind produce. The research team, led by Shane Rogers, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, measured how far common… Full Story »
  • NovaSource creates Idaho sales territory

    Apr 15, 2016

    NovaSource, the crop protection business unit of Tessenderlo Kerley, has created a new sales territory serving Idaho and four neighboring states. NovaSource has also added a new regional account manager to serve this new sales territory and another to serve its Southeast Region. Tad Comer now… Full Story »
  • BrandStorm set for Nov. 14-16

    Apr 13, 2016

    The United Fresh Produce Association has launched the second annual BrandStorm marketing event, which will take place Nov. 14-16 in San Francisco, California at the Hilton Financial District San Francisco. A project of the United Fresh Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council, BrandStorm has been developed to engage all levels of marketers… Full Story »

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