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  • Cavendish suspends operations in Presque Isle

    Apr 1, 2014

    Cavendish Farms has  suspended its potato farming operations in Presque Isle, Maine, indefinitely due to market conditions.             Thirteen employees, three full-time, five full-time seasonal and five short-term seasonal, were laid off due to the closure.             Don Flannery, Maine Potato Board executive director, said… Full Story »
  • EPA, Army Corps of Engineers propose rule to Clean Water Act

    Mar 26, 2014

    The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule clarifies protection for streams and waters. Proposed definitions of waters will apply to all CWA programs. The proposal does not… Full Story »
  • United marketing conference will focus on branding

    Mar 26, 2014

    Legendary brand strategist Al Ries will keynote this year’s United Fresh Retail Produce Marketing & Merchandising Conference, June 12-13, immediately following United Fresh 2014 in Chicago. “Whether Marketing 101 is the only marketing course you’ve ever taken, or you have your MBA in marketing from… Full Story »
  • Report: American families eating more imported produce

    Mar 24, 2014

    American families are eating more imported fresh produce today than ever before, in substantial part because U.S. fresh produce growers lack enough labor to expand their production and compete with foreign importers. That's just one of the findings in a new report, “No Longer Home Grown:… Full Story »
  • Mexico issues final rule for cross-border potato trade with U.S.

    Mar 21, 2014

    The federal government of Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture published new potato risk mitigation measures regarding the importation of U.S. fresh potatoes. The measures were published in the Diario Oficial de la Federacion. Among the provisions, the new regulation will allow shipment of U.S. fresh potatoes… Full Story »
  • Marcus Meadows-Smith to lead BioConsortia

    Mar 20, 2014

    BioConsortia, the newly formed parent company of BioDiscovery New Zealand Limited, has named Marcus Meadows-Smith as its chief executive officer. BioConsortia, based in Davis, Calif., is an agricultural biotechnology company that uses a proprietary method for the selection of beneficial microbial consortia for crop improvement.… Full Story »
  • Right-left immigration alliance fraying

    Mar 20, 2014

    Conservative groups are intensifying pressure on House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws this year as the push for legislation becomes more urgent. In recent weeks, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a broad coalition of Christian leaders flooded Capitol Hill with letters stressing the urgency… Full Story »
  • Technology innovations to be explored at PMA Tech Knowledge

    Mar 19, 2014

    Those interested in applying technology to solve business problems are welcome to attend Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Tech Knowledge on May 21-22 in San Diego, Calif. This symposium will help produce industry members capitalize on technology-enabled innovations to operate their businesses more effectively, remain competitive… Full Story »
  • Jensen elected USPB chairman

    Mar 17, 2014

    The United States Potato Board’s (USPB) 2014 annual meeting concluded on Thursday, March 13, with the election of Brett Jensen as the chairman of the USPB.             Jensen, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, succeeds Rob Davis, of Connell, Washington as USPB chairman. USPB board members convened… Full Story »
  • United Fresh to honor outstanding women in the produce industry

    Mar 11, 2014

    United Fresh Produce Association is now accepting nominations to help select an honoree to speak at the annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce, June 12 at the United Fresh 2014 convention in Chicago. Each year, United Fresh recognizes the contributions of all women working in… Full Story »

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