From the editors of Growing Magazine | May 9, 2012
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Del Monte Chooses TRUETRAC for PTI Compliance
TRUETRAC LLC announced that Del Monte Fresh Produce has signed an agreement to use its LabelTrac and HarvestTrac software modules for its melon harvesting and packing operations in Goodyear, AZ. Read More

Record Attendance at Duarte Nursery's Friends Day
Duarte Nursery's Friends Day hosted a record crowd of 2,000 attendees at Duarte Nursery's annual open house in Hughson, Calif. Read More

Open Seats Available for Six States on United States Potato Board
The United States Potato Board (USPB) announces nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2013-2016 term. Read More

BeesFree Announces Becker to Join Board of Directors
BeesFree, Inc., is pleased to announce that Joseph Becker has been elected to its Board of Directors. Read More

Warm Winter, Frosty Spring Spell Trouble for NY Grapes, Fruit Trees
The combination of an unusually warm March that triggered early growth at area orchards and vineyards, with several nights of sub-freezing temperatures in late April, has led to potentially devastating damage to apples, cherries, grapes and other of the region's vital agricultural crops. Read More

Beetle-fungus Disease Threatens Crops
and Trees in Southern CA

A plant pathologist at the University of California, Riverside has identified a fungus that has been linked to the branch dieback and general decline of several backyard avocado and landscape trees in residential neighborhoods of Los Angeles County. Read More

NRCS Announces National Water Quality Initiative Conservation in Maryland
State Conservationist Jon Hall announced the launch of a new National Water Quality Initiative committed to improving impaired waterways in Maryland. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will manage the initiative. Read More

Howard Fertilizer & Chemical Adds Application Services to New NC Facility
Howard Fertilizer & Chemical Co., Inc. announces the addition of application services to its portfolio of offerings supported by the company's new distribution facility in Charlotte, N.C. Read More

UF's New Plant Science Research and Education Unit Conference Center
The University of Florida's 1,000-acre Plant Science Research and Education Unit now has a conference center, where faculty can share their expertise. Read More

NASS to Publish Farm Labor Report
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will publish its biannual Farm Labor report on Thursday, May 17 at 3 p.m. EST. NASS interviewed nearly 12,000 farmers and ranchers across the United States to obtain information on the number of agricultural workers, hours worked, and wage rates at the national and regional levels. Read More

Produce Traceability Initiative Survey Finds Widespread Progress
A recent survey to gauge produce industry members' adoption of the seven Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) milestones indicates companies are making widespread progress. The findings were announced here today after a presentation at the PTI's Leadership Council meeting, held in conjunction with United Fresh 2012. Read More

Final Applications for NRCS Organic Initiative
Due June 1

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Jon Hall reminds potential applicants to contact their local NRCS office soon to find out if they are eligible for the agency's Organic Initiative. Applications for the final ranking period of 2012 are due at NRCS offices by close of business on June 1, 2012. Read More


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