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  • 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 »
  • UW Extension fears job loss after proposed budget cuts

    May 14, 2015

    Proposed budget cuts have University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension educators worried about their future. Here’s more from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Journal Sentinel: Every county in the state has at least one UW Extension person in areas such as agriculture, 4-H youth development and family living… Full Story »
  • How to prevent traffic collisions involving farm equipment

    May 14, 2015

    According to the Michigan State Police, between 150 and 212 traffic collisions involving farm equipment have occurred in the state each year since 2005. On average, 174 collisions involving farm equipment have occurred causing 63 injuries and three fatalities each year in Michigan. An alarming trend… Full Story »
  • Syngenta board rejects Monsanto bid

    May 11, 2015

    Syngenta’s board of directors rejected Monsanto’s unsolicited private proposal to acquire Syngenta. Syngenta issued a press release stating that the board of directors “unanimously determined to reject Monsanto’s proposal as it is not in the best interests of Syngenta, its shareholders and its stakeholders.” Michel… Full Story »
  • Report shows demand for college graduates with degree in agricultural

    May 11, 2015

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States. According to an… Full Story »
  • Get drought ready with new extension website

    May 8, 2015

    Washington is in a drought. And there is a lot that we can do about it — with help from the just-launched WSU Extension Drought Website. The new website, developed by WSU Agricultural Weather Network Program (AgWeatherNet) and WSU Extension, shares timely updates and a wealth… Full Story »

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