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  • First Lady, Big Bird, comedian Billy Eichner lend star power to eat brighter!

    Feb 18, 2015

    The fresh produce industry’s efforts to inspire children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables through ‘eat brighter!’, a movement forged by Produce Marketing Association (PMA), “Sesame Street” and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), is gaining national attention this week through a video… Full Story »
  • Platform Specialty Products buys Arysta LifeScience

    Feb 17, 2015

    Platform Specialty Products, based in Miami, Florida, has completed its acquisition of Arysta LifeScience, based in Dublin, Ireland, for approximately $3.5 billion.             Wayne Hewett, Arysta president and CEO, became Platform’s president, joining Martin E. Franklin and Dan H. Leever as part of Platform’s office… Full Story »
  • Arysta, Platform deal becomes official

    Feb 17, 2015

    Platform Specialty Products has completed its previously announced acquisition of Arysta LifeScience for approximately $3.51 billion. According to a news release, Wayne Hewett, president and CEO of Arysta LifeScience, has become Platform’s president, joining Martin E. Franklin and Dan H. Leever as part of Platform’s… Full Story »
  • NASS to survey growers in March

    Feb 17, 2015

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be conducting a survey of farmers in March. The March Agricultural Survey is designed to obtain crucial information that is important for producers, suppliers, universities and government economists. The survey asks producers to provide information on the number… Full Story »
  • Obama immigration policy halted by federal judge in Texas

    Feb 17, 2015

    A federal judge in Texas has ordered a halt, at least temporarily, to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, siding with Texas and 25 other states that filed a lawsuit opposing the initiatives. In an order filed on Monday, the judge, Andrew S. Hanen of… Full Story »
  • FAA proposes new UAS rules

    Feb 16, 2015

    The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking public comment on proposed regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).             The proposed regulations are for UAS under 55 pounds conducting non-recreational operations. The provisions include: daylight only operations; visual line-of-sight only; maximum speed of… Full Story »
  • Frost joins staff at HAREC

    Feb 13, 2015

    Ken Frost has joined the department of botany as an assistant professor and Extension pathologist at Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC).             Frost received his master’s and doctorate in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of research… Full Story »
  • WPVGA presents awards and Hall of Fame induction

    Feb 9, 2015

    The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) inducted Robert Helbach of Amherst into its Hall of Fame during the WPVGA’s annual awards banquet at Stevens Point. Helbach Farms was started in the 1930s by Robert Helbach’s father, George, primarily as a dairy operation with… Full Story »
  • WPVGA elects new president

    Feb 9, 2015

    The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) board of directors elected Andy Wallendal of Wallendal Supply as its 2015 president. Wallendal succeeds Larry Alsum as WPVGA president. The WPVGA associate division board of directors elected Chris Brooks of Central Door Solutions as its 2015… Full Story »
  • United accepting applications for Produce Industry Leadership Program

    Feb 6, 2015

    The application period is now open for the 21st class of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program. Thanks to the generous support of our founding sponsor DuPont Crop Protection, United Fresh members have had the opportunity to take part in this unique experience dedicated… Full Story »

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