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9/20/2014 - FDA Releases Supplemental Proposals on FSMA; Taylor to Engage with Industry Leaders at Fresh Summit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released four supplemental proposals under the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act on produce safety, preventive controls for human food, foreign supplier verification programs and preventive controls for animal feed. Industry will have 75 days to comment on this final set of proposed rules. "PMA's members on our Science and Technology Committee, as well as...


9/19/2014 - FDA Seeks to Make FSMA Proposals More Flexible, Targeted

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing changes to four rules proposed in 2013 to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs. The FDA is proposing new ways to make the original proposals more flexible, practical and targeted. The changes are...


9/19/2014 - Growers Donate Fruit to Families Going Hungry in Drought

Despite suffering drought-related hardships of their own, a coalition of Central Valley growers and businesses has donated more than $100,000 in produce to food banks assisting families affected by the drought. The group is called California Water Feeds Our Communities, and it recently delivered 15 truckloads of locally grown fresh fruits to 10 cities throughout the state through Community Action...


9/18/2014 - UF/IFAS Researchers Could Improve How Companies Ship Fresh Produce

A University of Florida-led research team's development of a tracking system could change the way companies ship fresh fruits and vegetables, letting them know which produce is closest to expiration and providing consumers the freshest products available. Jeffrey Brecht, director of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' Center for Food Distribution and Retailing, studied strawberries...


9/17/2014 - Demand for Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture Drives Bayer CropScience

Bayer CropScience is optimistic about the development perspectives of the agricultural markets and commits to invest significantly to deliver new solutions for sustainable agriculture. "We are convinced of the long-term growth potential of the agricultural markets despite increasing volatility," said Bayer CropScience CEO Liam Condon at the company's annual press conference in Monheim, Germany. "We...


9/17/2014 - California Department of Pesticide Regulation Report

Stop worrying about the miniscule amounts, if any, of pesticide residue on produce and focus instead on eating more healthy fruits and vegetables. That's the message behind a new study released by state regulators charged with ensuring the public is safe when it comes to levels of agricultural toxins in our food supply. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation's report concluded that California-grown...


Hydropriming - A look at the effects of temperature and soaking condition - As a commercial grower, you're always looking ...

9/17/2014 - Hydropriming

A look at the effects of temperature and soaking condition
Mindy S. McIntosh-Shetter
As a commercial grower, you're always looking for a way to increase germination rates and improve seed performance. While it may seem to be a simple task, every grower knows it's not. Sometimes, regardless of what you do, Mother Nature will not cooperate. This is where seed priming comes into play. There are several methods that can be used to prime seeds in order to control germination;...


A Craving for Corn - Controlling corn earworm, European corn borer, fall armyworm - Corn is the favorite meal for corn ear...

9/17/2014 - A Craving for Corn

Controlling corn earworm, European corn borer, fall armyworm
Dorothy Noble
Corn is the favorite meal for corn earworm (CEW), European corn borer (ECB) and fall armyworm (FAW). These pests can inflict serious damage, and populations peak late in the season. It's essential to monitor the flight patterns of the moths and assess their numbers. The CEW moth's wingspan is 1.5 inches. Females' forewings are yellow to pinkish-brown, and males' forewings are light greenish-brown;...


Littletree Orchards - A place everyone can enjoy - Littletree Orchards (www.littletree-orchards.com) is home to a multitud...

9/17/2014 - Littletree Orchards

A place everyone can enjoy
Helen Margaret Griffiths
Littletree Orchards (www.littletree-orchards.com) is home to a multitude of apple tree varieties, peaches, pears and cherries, and has more recently added other fruits, vegetables and flowers. The orchard is on a beautiful hillside in Newfield, New York, about 8 miles south of Ithaca, New York. Anna Steinkraus was a co-founder of the orchard in 1973, and Dennis Hartley joined the operation in 1975....


9/16/2014 - Netafim USA Announces Strategic Alliance with T-L Irrigation

Netafim USA has entered into a strategic alliance with Nebraska-based T-L Irrigation in support of the patented Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation (PMDI) platform. The innovative PMDI system melds the benefits of T-L Irrigation's hydrostatically powered center pivot irrigation system with the unmatched water efficiency and uniformity of Netafim's drip irrigation technology to provide growers with a...


9/15/2014 - Seminis Introduces New Dixie Red Fresh Tomato Variety

Seminis announced the launch of its new Dixie Red hybrid tomato seed. With its larger fruit, better disease package and higher yield potential compared to Florida 47 R hybrid tomato seed, the variety is expected to quickly become an industry leader. "Dixie Red tomato seed will help growers get more fruit out of their fields, which is something they really care about," said Alfredo Moreno, Seminis...


9/14/2014 - MU Researchers Find Boron Facilitates Stem Cell Growth and Development in Corn

Boron deficiency is one of the most widespread causes of reduced crop yield. Missouri and the eastern half of the United States are plagued by boron-deficient soil. Corn and soybean farmers often need to supplement their soil with boron; however, little is known about the ways in which corn plants utilize the essential nutrient. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that boron...


9/13/2014 - USApple Predicts Third-Largest Crop

Predicting the third-largest overall crop of apples, U.S. Apple Association leaders say the 2014-2015 season will be challenging, but despite concerns of high production numbers and tight labor supply, there is an overriding optimism. The association released production predictions at its annual Crop Outlook & Marketing conference at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. According to the association,...


9/12/2014 - Berendes Joins Verdesian Life Sciences Board of Directors

Verdesian Life Sciences announced that Robert Berendes has joined the company's board of directors. "Robert brings a great depth of knowledge of product development and organizational growth," said J.J. Grow, Verdesian chief executive officer. "Our board is delighted to welcome him as our newest member. The perspective Robert brings to Verdesian and our board, coupled with his enthusiasm to work...


9/11/2014 - Tater Team Takes Part in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Showing its support for one of the most popular fundraisers ever, the Idaho Potato Commission's (IPC) Great Big Idaho Potato Truck nominated the Florida Department of Citrus, Washington Apples and Georgia Peaches to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The energetic Tater Team that travels with the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck initiated the challenge on Facebook with a video of them drenching the...


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