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  • Own up to your role as an employee manager

    Apr 22, 2015

    Being an effective manager of people begins with taking ownership for that role. All too often what I hear from dairy producers is a great reluctance to manage people. Understandably, that is not why you got into the dairy business, but managing people is one… Full Story »
  • FMC purchases Cheminova

    Apr 21, 2015

    FMC completed its acquisition of Cheminova, a crop protection company based in Denmark, for $1.8 billion. Cheminova was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Auriga Industries prior to the purchase by FMC.
  • Idaho growers receive RMP award

    Apr 21, 2015

    Shawn Walters and his brother Jeff Walters, co-owners of Walters Farm and Produce, received the 2015 wattsmart Business Partner of the Year in Idaho award from Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) for the farm’s commitment to energy efficiency. The Walters farm has been involved in 10… Full Story »
  • Thought leaders to gather at PMA Tech Knowledge

    Apr 17, 2015

    Fresh produce industry members will have a chance to interact with revolutionary technologies from around the world – all in the name of advancing produce production and consumption in the next decade, when they gather in Monterey, California on May 11-13 for the second annual… Full Story »
  • USDA announces record number of organic producers

    Apr 15, 2015

    USDA recently announced that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world. According to data released by the National Organic Program, the number of domestic… Full Story »
  • ESA nomination period opens

    Apr 13, 2015

    The National Potato Council (NPC) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award (ESA). The award recognizes growers who are adopting farming practices that reduce overall pesticide risk, enhance wildlife habitat and promote water quality. The ESA is a component of the Pesticide Environmental… Full Story »
  • Late blight resistant gene found

    Apr 9, 2015

    Researchers have found a gene that increases resistance against late blight disease.             A recent issue of Nature Plants said that researcher from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the Sainsbury laboratory in Norwich, UK identified the receptor-like protein elicitin response  in a South American… Full Story »
  • Farmer’s union supports mandatory GMO labeling

    Apr 9, 2015

    The National Farmers Union (NFU) reiterated support for federal legislation requiring mandatory labeling of food products containing genetic modified organisms at its annual convention.             The NFU opposes a voluntary labeling standard proposed in federal legislation by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas).             On the NFU… Full Story »
  • FDA proposes to amend regulation on registration of food facilities

    Apr 8, 2015

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a proposed rule to amend and update its regulation on registration of food facilities. The proposed rule would provide for improvements to the food facility registration system, and would also implement certain provisions of the FDA Food… Full Story »
  • Produce-related projects among USDA food safety grants

    Apr 3, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced funding awards totaling nearly $19 million, including more than $6.7 million for antimicrobial resistance strategies, to 36 grantees to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply and while maintaining American agricultural… Full Story »

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