• Comments sought by FDA on use of ‘natural’ term

    Nov 12, 2015

    Because of the changing landscape of food ingredients and production, and in direct response to consumers who have requested that the FDA explore the use of the term “natural,” the agency is asking the public to provide information and comments on the use of this term in… Full Story »
  • 2015 potato production up, according to NASS

    Nov 10, 2015

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2015 crop production report forecast an increase of 4.9 million cwt. in U.S. fall potato production, compared to the 2014 total of 403.7 million cwt. NASS predicts the 2015 fall production total to be 408.6 million cwt. The report… Full Story »
  • Syngenta scientist named to USDA Hall of Heroes

    Nov 9, 2015

    Mary-Dell Chilton, a distinguished science fellow at Syngenta, was honored as an inductee into the USDA Hall of Heroes in Washington, D.C. with USDA secretary Tom Vilsack presiding. Established in September 2000, the USDA Hall of Heroes recognizes those that have had a lasting impact… Full Story »
  • Full text of TPP agreement released

    Nov 5, 2015

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released the complete text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement at this website. TPP is a trade agreement intended to facilitate regional trade among the following countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New… Full Story »
  • Deere & Company to purchase Precision Planting

    Nov 3, 2015

    Deere & Company and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, have signed definitive agreements for Deere to acquire the Precision Planting LLC equipment business and to enable exclusive near real-time data connectivity between certain John Deere farm equipment and the Climate FieldView platform. The agreements represent the… Full Story »
  • AMS presents GroupGAP webinar

    Nov 2, 2015

    USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) specialty crops inspection division will present a webinar on GroupGAP, a new certification option for the Good Agricultural Practices audit program. The webinar will be Thursday, Nov. 12, from 2-3 p.m. EST. The webinar is free, but registration is required… Full Story »
  • More final FSMA rules submitted to Federal Register

    Nov 2, 2015

    FDA has submitted the final produce safety, foreign supplier verification and third party accreditation rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act to the Federal Register for publication, as required by the court. An additional rule, one covering preventive controls, was submitted Aug. 31. Documents submitted… Full Story »
  • NIFA establishes regional food safety centers

    Oct 30, 2015

    USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has established two regional centers to support food safety training and education to aid in compliance with the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “USDA is committed to ensuring that farmers, food processors and wholesalers receive relevant… Full Story »
  • USAID awards MSU $5.8 million

    Oct 30, 2015

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Michigan State University (MSU) a $5.8 million cooperative agreement to improve potato production in Bangladesh and Indonesia. The cooperative agreement supports USAID’s Feed the Future, a global hunger and food security initiative supported by the U.S.… Full Story »
  • WSU, OSU and UI receive $2.7 million SCRI grant

    Oct 30, 2015

    Researchers from Washington State University (WSU), Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Idaho (UI) and the Northwest Potato Research Consortium have received a  five-year, $2.7 million grant from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to study the psyllids that carry liberibacter, the… Full Story »

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