From the editors of Growing Magazine | July 24, 2012
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NY Spotted Wing Drosophila Update 7/24/12
Growers should be monitoring for adults in small fruit plantings and keeping plantings as clean harvested as possible. Read More

USDA Seeks Comments on Grade Standard
Revisions for Almonds in the Shell

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is requesting comments on revisions to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Almonds in the Shell. The Almond Board of California recommended the changes, which would align inspection procedures. Read More

Lipman Continues Western Expansion
With California Deal

Lipman has acquired a packing house from Manteca, Calif.-based Ace Tomato Co., Inc., a tomato packer and fresh produce distributor. The newly acquired facility will join Lipman's nationwide network of packing, repacking and processing companies after the 2012 growing season concludes. Read More

NOFA-NY Co-Sponsoring a Compost Tea Workshop
The NOFA Organic Land Care Program, in co-sponsorship with NOFA-NY, Almstead Tree and Shrub Care Co., and Rye Country Day School, presents Compost Tea and Air Spading: Complimentary Practices for Your Organic Management Plan. Read More

UF/IFAS Faculty Receive ASPB Awards
Two University of Florida horticultural sciences faculty members received awards from the American Society of Plant Biologists at the group's annual meeting July 20-24 in Austin, Texas. Read More

Nunhems Teams With Mann Packing and The Produce Exchange
Nunhems has entered into agreements with Mann Packing and The Produce Exchange allowing the companies to market new specialty seed varieties in the United States. Read More

Farmers Face the Downsides—and a Few Upsides—of the 2012 Drought
Data released this week by the NOAA painted a grim picture for farmers in New York and throughout the United States: 80 percent of the U.S. is abnormally dry and 55 percent of the continental U.S. is in moderate or extreme drought. Read More

Farm Credit of Florida Has New CFO
Farm Credit of Florida announced today that the association has a new Chief Financial Officer. Laura Craker of Juno Beach has joined the $1.2 billion dollar cooperative and will be based out of West Palm Beach. Read More

Dramm Releases New White Paper
Dramm is pleased to release its new White Paper: Biofilm in the Greenhouse. This paper discusses biofilm in irrigation systems and the effects it has on mechanical equipment as well as plant health. Read More

2012 NY Apple Crop Will Harvest Early,
Sell Out Quickly

New York Apple Association reports that harvest of the 2012 crop will get underway three weeks early this year. Harvest of early-season varieties will start the first week of August, and apples will begin arriving in stores and markets soon after. Read More

Statement Regarding the PMA, UFPA Merger
Mike O'Brien, co-chair of the joint task force leading Produce Marketing Association's and United Fresh Produce Association's merger discussions, has issued a statement regarding the merger. Read More

Southeast Strawberry Expo, Nov. 7-10,
Charlotte, NC

This year's Southeast Strawberry Expo will be held November 7-10, 2012, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, NC. Events include farm tour, workshops, educational sessions, and trade show. Read More


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