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  • Ladhoff joins Black Gold

    Jul 13, 2015

    Don Ladhoff, president of FreshSmartSolutions, has joined Black Gold Farms as the director of fresh sales and marketing on a contract basis. Black Gold Farms is based in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Ladhoff previously worked on contract for the U.S. Potato Board as manager of… Full Story »
  • Scotland potato producers introduce spud vending machine

    Jul 7, 2015

    Yes, you read that right. Two of Scotland’s “top potato producers” have installed a spud vending machine in a shopping center. And much to the doubters’ surprise, it hasn’t been a complete bust. Here’s more from Farmers Weekly:        The doubters say the… Full Story »
  • Horneck building dedication

    Jul 6, 2015

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Don Horneck Memorial building will be held at 10:30 a.m. PST Wednesday, July 8, at Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC). Phil Hamm, HAREC station director, said that the 1,700-square-foot building will house three insect-rearing facilities,… Full Story »
  • Field Operations and Combined Harmonized Standards now available in Spanish

    Jul 6, 2015

    Thanks to the hard work of a small group of volunteers, the “Field Operations and Harvesting” and the “Combined Harmonized Food Safety Standards” are now both available in Spanish. The Harmonized Standards were created by a wide spectrum of fresh produce industry stakeholders by merging the… Full Story »
  • Harvesting after a rain enhances food safety

    Jul 6, 2015

    To protect consumers from foodborne illness, produce farmers should wait 24 hours after a rain or irrigating their fields to harvest crops, according to new research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Rain or irrigation creates soil conditions that are more hospitable to Listeria… Full Story »
  • Late blight verified in Pasco area

    Jul 6, 2015

    On the Washington State University (WSU) Potato Pest Alert website Carrie Wohleb, WSU Extension educator, reports that late blight has been verified near Pasco, in Block 1 and Block 15. At this time the late blight genotype has not been identified. More late blight samples… Full Story »
  • United Fresh officials appointed to USDA advisory committees

    Jul 2, 2015

    United Fresh’s President and CEO, Tom Stenzel, along with Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Technology, Dave Gombas, and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Robert Guenther, have been appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to serve on federal agriculture… Full Story »
  • Computer issues fixed; farm workers arrive from Mexico

    Jul 1, 2015

    A few weeks ago, we reported on a labor crisis that was crippling agriculture in Washington state. According to previous reports, H-2A workers were stranded at the American-Mexican border due to computer glitches. It appears that all issues have been resolved and the farm workers… Full Story »
  • Watch for retailer fees for delivery of “poor quality” produce

    Jul 1, 2015

    Shipper members of Western Growers have recently been informed by a retailer of proposed fees that will be assessed for delivering “poor quality” produce, according to the organization. The tiered fees assessed could require suppliers to pay hefty fines. In this case, fines of $500,… Full Story »
  • USPB 2016 nominations open

    Jul 1, 2015

    Nominations are now open for U.S. Potato Board (USPB) members for the 2016-2019 term. Fifty-four board members will be elected or re-elected to fill open seats and the seats of outgoing board members completing their second three-year term. For more information, visit the USPB website… Full Story »

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