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  • Makhteshim Agan and U.S. subsidiary MANA rebranding to ADAMA

    Jan 29, 2014

    MANA will begin operating under the new corporate name of ADAMA beginning in the second quarter of 2014.             Adama comes from the Hebrew word for "earth."             ADAMA’s parent company is based in Israel. The U.S. subsidiary is based in Raleigh, N.C.             For… Full Story »
  • House passes farm bill

    Jan 29, 2014

    The agriculture community is responding positively after the House of Representatives passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (by a vote of 251-166) on Jan. 29. The farm bill conference report provides an overall increase in investment of 55 percent over 2008 Farm Bill funding levels… Full Story »
  • Groups comment on pair of FSMA import rules

    Jan 28, 2014

    The comment period expired Jan. 27 on the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals, known in short as the foreign supplier verification rule, that is part of the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The import safety rules also… Full Story »
  • Committee reaches farm bill agreement

    Jan 28, 2014

    Top House and Senate agriculture committee leaders announced Jan. 27 a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that among other things would eliminate direct payments, revise commodity supports, enhance crop insurance, and streamline conservation programs. The legislation was reported out of the House Rules Committee, setting… Full Story »
  • TOMRA to demonstrate two systems at Fruit Logistica

    Jan 20, 2014

    TOMRA Sorting Solutions will demonstrate two of its sensor-based systems at this year’s Fruit Logistica. The company will showcase its Field Potato Sorter (FPS) and Genius optical belt sorter at the event, taking place at the Messe Berlin Fair Grounds, from Feb. 5-7. The TOMRA… Full Story »
  • California drought: Farmers, ranchers face uncertain future

    Jan 20, 2014

    On Friday, amid California's driest year on record, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in the state. As days pass without snow or rain, dairymen, farmers and other livestock producers are finding themselves in the same predicament as Imhof. Without water to irrigate, produce growers fear… Full Story »
  • USPB restructures domestic and international marketing departments

    Jan 17, 2014

     (USPB) members approved the restructuring of the domestic and international marketing departments into one body, the USPB Marketing Department. The USPB administrative committee approved the consolidation during a meeting in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 10. The change will take effect July 1, with the… Full Story »
  • Hardy new NPC president

    Jan 16, 2014

    Randy Hardy, of Hardy Farms in Oakley, Idaho, was elected president of the (NPC) for 2014. Hardy succeeds Randy Mullen, of Pasco, Wash.             NPC delegates also approved Dan Lake, of Ronan, Mont., as first vice president and vice president of the Environmental Affairs Committee.… Full Story »
  • Halverson, Secor and Hoverson Farms receive awards

    Jan 16, 2014

    Gregg Halverson was presented with the Potato Man for All Seasons award at the National Potato Council’s annual banquet in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, January, 10, 2014. The award is presented by The Packer and TheGrower.com in conjunction with the NPC. Halverson, of Grand… Full Story »
  • NRCS predicts limited water supply for western states in 2014

    Jan 16, 2014

    A limited water supply is predicted west of the Continental Divide, according to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Water and Climate Center data in its first forecast of 2014. “Right now the West Coast is all red,” NRCS hydrologist Tom Perkins said… Full Story »

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