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  • Register for United Inspection Training Program

    Nov 26, 2013

    Seats are filling up fast for the January United Fresh Produce Inspection Training Program. Working in partnership with the USDA-AMS, this hands-on training course helps produce industry members better understand the produce quality inspection process. According to a release from United, the course is designed… Full Story »
  • Comment period expires for two FSMA regulations

    Nov 25, 2013

    FDA has let the comment period lapse for two key components of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The deadline was Friday, Nov. 22 for the produce safety and preventive controls rules. The comment period for two other rules, covering imported food, was extended an additional… Full Story »
  • USDA seeking fruit, vegetable committee members

    Nov 22, 2013

    USDA has announced a call for nominations for the 2013-2015 Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. This advisory committee examines the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and offers the Secretary of Agriculture advice on how USDA can tailor its… Full Story »
  • Comment period extended for FSMA import rules

    Nov 19, 2013

    FDA has extended the comment period for the two Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) import rules by 60 days. Comments were originally due by Nov. 6 and may now be submitted until Jan. 27, 2014. The two proposed rules are “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for… Full Story »
  • Yara acquires ZIM

    Nov 19, 2013

    The Norwegian company Yara International has purchased German water sensor company ZIM Plant Technology. ZIM Plant Technology sells crop water sensor technology, used primarily in high-precision irrigation systems. Yara, based in Oslo, Norway, produces agricultural inputs including fertilizers, ammonia, nitrates, NPK and specialty fertilizers. Egil… Full Story »
  • Technical problems force one-week FSMA comment deadline extension

    Nov 15, 2013

    The comment period deadline for the produce safety and preventive controls portions of the Food Safety Modernization Act have been extended by one week by FDA. The deadline was to have been Nov. 15, but has been moved back after a series of technical problems… Full Story »
  • Syngenta announces new scholarships

    Nov 15, 2013

    Syngenta is introducing the new national Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship in 2014. The scholarship will replace Syngenta’s Potato Scholarship as well as scholarships for sugar beet and almond and is available to students in all crop markets. The scholarship will be available to undergraduate students enrolled… Full Story »
  • FDA issues draft guidance on acrylamide

    Nov 15, 2013

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a non-binding draft guidance to help growers, manufacturers and food service operators take measures to reduce acrylamide levels in certain foods. The document covers raw materials, processing practices and ingredients affecting potato-based foods, cereal-based foods and coffee.… Full Story »
  • Young farmers to face off at Farm Bureau annual meeting

    Nov 13, 2013

    The next generation of Michigan farmers, poised to take their place alongside their elders, face each other Dec. 4 at Michigan Farm Bureau's 2013 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. Sixteen young farmers, ages 18 to 35, will face off in four individual contest categories geared toward… Full Story »
  • NASS releases crop production report

    Nov 11, 2013

    The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2013 crop production report shows 936,000 harvest acres of fall potatoes. The 2013 total is a decrease of 63,000 acres from the 2012 total of 989,000. The NASS report indicates that 2013 yield per acre will increase six cwt… Full Story »

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