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  • New tools would advance efforts to ensure safety of imported foods

    Jul 24, 2015

    The FDA has published a proposed rule and a draft guidance document to support a new program under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help eligible foreign entities demonstrate that imported food meets U.S. food safety requirements. Audits and certifications for eligible foreign entities under this program will… Full Story »
  • Will Maine send potatoes to Cuba?

    Jul 23, 2015

    Now that relations have been normalized between the United States and Cuba, will this be the first of a wave of trade opportunities for potato growers? MPBN News has more:        Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree both say Maine… Full Story »
  • RIPM grants created benefits for western growers, agriculture report finds

    Jul 23, 2015

    The Regional Integrated Pest Management competitive grants program, which ran from 1996 to 2013, created tools, models, training information and publications that have been a tremendous benefit to growers and agriculture in the West. That’s the finding of a retrospective of the program just released… Full Story »
  • Tucker Carlson to Speak at 2015 United Fresh Washington Conference

    Jul 23, 2015

    Tucker Carlson, political news commentator and co-host of “Fox and Friends Weekend,” will present “An Insider’s Look at Washington, Politics and Everything In Between” on Sept. 30 at the General Session Luncheon of the 2015 United Fresh Washington Conference. “We’re excited to hear from Tucker Carlson,”… Full Story »
  • Late blight in Idaho

    Jul 21, 2015

    Jeff Miller, of Miller Research in Rupert, Idaho, reports that late blight has been positively identified in Minidoka. According to Miller the infection appears to be the result of a spore shower and it is likely that other fields are affected and it is critical… Full Story »
  • Conservation program helps farmers retain crop nutrients

    Jul 21, 2015

    A new edge-of-field monitoring program allows the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to work with farmers and conservation partners, such as Michigan State University Extension and the River Raisin Watershed Council to evaluate crop nutrients leaving the field in water runoff. This program will help producers understand when and how nutrients… Full Story »
  • General Hayden to speak at 2015 United Fresh Washington Conference

    Jul 20, 2015

    Michael Hayden, retired U.S. Air Force four-star general and former Director of both the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) will present the keynote address Tuesday, September 29 at the Opening General Session Breakfast of the 2015 United Fresh Washington Conference. “We’re honored to have General Hayden join us… Full Story »
  • Hunter Industries explores purchase of Senninger Irrigation

    Jul 17, 2015

    Hunter Industries, of San Marcos, California and Senninger Irrigation, of Clermont, Florida, have entered into the due diligence phase toward and intended acquisition of Senninger by Hunter. Hunter and Senninger have been strategic partners since 2004 through an Original Equipment Manufacturer relationship. Senninger produces irrigation… Full Story »
  • BREAKING: Washington Supreme Court makes decision on piece-rate pay

    Jul 17, 2015

    On Thursday, the Supreme Court for the state of Washington ruled that farm workers who are paid a piece rate must also be compensated for rest breaks. The court made the decision unanimously. What does this mean for agriculture? The Yakima Herald explains:      … Full Story »
  • Potato acreage increases for 2015

    Jul 16, 2015

    Potato farmers are planting more acres in fall potatoes for 2015. Whether that results in more potatoes at harvest time. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service(NASS) released its 2015 crop acreage report on June 30. The NASS report shows an increase of 2 percent in fall acreage planted nationally… Full Story »

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