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  • $62 million in grant funding available to growers

    Mar 16, 2016

    The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making more than $62 million in grant funding available to support specialty crop producers through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).  SCBGP grants are allocated to U.S. states and territories for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally… Full Story »
  • United Fresh releases 2015 Year in Review

    Mar 16, 2016

    United Fresh Produce Association released the 2015 Year in Review edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce for the past year. The report also offers insights into performance and consumer data for fresh produce. The FreshFacts on Retail report, produced in… Full Story »
  • Western Growers donates $1M to produce safety research

    Mar 15, 2016

    Western Growers (WG) announced it's $1 million donation to the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) to advance food safety research and develop ready-to-use solutions to improve the safety of fresh produce globally. WG’s contribution puts CPS over the $10 million mark for their Campaign for Produce Safety, which aims to… Full Story »
  • ConAgra expands processing operations in Oregon

    Mar 14, 2016

    ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced that its Lamb Weston business will expand operations at its facility in Boardman, Oregon. The $30 million investment will add additional processing capacity for making formed products such as hash brown patties and potato puffs, ConAgra said. The addition of the line at the… Full Story »
  • Public-private partnerships crucial in insurance safety net

    Mar 14, 2016

    Farming is in my blood, and I’m proud of that. I grew up on my family’s sheep ranch in northern Utah and managed our raspberry farm before coming to USDA. For the past three years, as administrator for the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA), I’ve sat… Full Story »
  • Ag Secretary Vilsack to travel to Cuba

    Mar 11, 2016

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join President Obama when he travels to Cuba later this month, the USDA announced. This historic visit - the first by a sitting U.S. President in nearly 90 years - is another demonstration of the President's commitment to chart a… Full Story »
  • Senninger releases Pivot Placer program

    Mar 11, 2016

    Senninger announced the release of Pivot Placer, a cloud-based portal. According to the company, Pivot Placer provides easy access to information on customers’ irrigation equipment. Information avilable on the program includes geographical location, field characteristics, equipment manufacturer, model, and date of installation. Senninger’s Pivot Placer is a free program… Full Story »
  • AgroFresh announces leadership changes

    Mar 11, 2016

    The AgroFresh Solutions Board of Directors announced that Thomas Macphee, chief executive officer, has stepped down from his position as of March 10. In addition, Stan Howell will step down from his position as president at the end of April. The board has formed a search committee… Full Story »
  • FDA issues guide on reducing acrylamide in food

    Mar 11, 2016

    The FDA has issued final guidance to the food industry to help growers, manufacturers and food service operators take steps to reduce levels of acrylamide in certain foods. Acrylamide is a chemical that may form in certain foods during high-temperature cooking, such as frying, roasting and baking, the FDA… Full Story »
  • Dosatron chemical injectors NSF certified

    Mar 10, 2016

    Dosatron International, Inc. announced that two of its water-powered chemical injectors, the D14WL2NAFII and D14WL3000NAFII, were tested and certified by NSF International. “We are excited to provide the only water-powered injectors that have been NSF/ANSI 61 Certified,” said Jason Maddox, Dosatron’s regional sales manager. “Being NSF Certified… Full Story »

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