From the editors of Growing Magazine | October 9, 2012
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Illinois Conference to Feature Over
150 Speakers & Exhibitors

The Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference will be held January 9-11, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Ill. The conference, which features more than 100 speakers and 50 trade show exhibitors, will again host four concurrent preconference workshops, general sessions and breakout sessions aimed at helping Illinois specialty growers cultivate their operations. Read More

CPS Grants & PMA Food Safety Forums
Serve Global Audience

The newly announced $1.8 million Center for Produce Safety research grant awards combined with two other Produce Marketing Association events offer significant value to the global produce industry on food safety issues. The 10 new research awards, along with several upcoming educational forums, will further the global industry's quest to answer critical questions in specific areas of food safety at all levels of the supply chain. Read More

Purfresh Named Global Cleantech 100 Company
Purfresh, Inc., the industry leader of active atmosphere and supply chain management technologies that optimize the quality of fresh produce as it moves around the world, announced that it was named in the prestigious 2012 Global Cleantech 100, produced by Cleantech Group. Read More

Lotpath Releases iPad App for
Fresh Produce Inspections

Lotpath is announcing the immediate availability of Lotpath Inspector, the first iPad app created to perform inspections and capture photos of fresh produce. Lotpath Inspector was created to work in conjunction with Lotpath Quality, Lotpath's fresh produce quality control Web app. Read More

Stickers to Entice Kids to Eat Fruit and Vegetables
Cornell University researchers recently reported that kids are more likely to eat apples with Elmo stickers on them than without. A group of entrepreneurs in California came to a similar conclusion and started selling edible stickers for produce. Read More

Apple Crop Unpredictable This Year in NJ
Workers at Pinelands Farms are busy picking what owner Judee DeFiccio says is a resurgent crop of apples. After picking only about 800 bushels of the fruit last year, the farm is back to producing its average crop of about 2,000 bushels on its 20 acres dedicated to apple growing. Read More

Growing Mango Popularity in Food Service
According to the National Mango Board's 2011 Consumer Attitudes and Usage Study, 47 percent of mangoes are eaten outside the home. With this in mind, the NMB works closely with food service professionals, chefs and operators to encourage the use of fresh mango in dishes at restaurant chains across the United States. Read More

Washington Public Policy Conference Makes Impact on Capitol Hill
More than 500 industry leaders carried the produce message to the offices of senators and representatives from 30 states in the annual March on Capitol Hill. The 2012 Washington Public Policy Conference attracted attendees from 36 states, Canada, Greece, Italy and Mexico. Read More

UF/IFAS Team Wins NIFA Partnership Award
Two faculty members with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have won a prestigious U.S. Department of Agriculture award for their work creating a graduate-level course that combines the three-part mission of land-grant universities: extension, teaching and research. Read More

Lipman Announces Logistics Division
Lipman, North America's largest open-field tomato grower, recently announced that it will add a logistics division called Lipman Logistics Services, Inc. to its integrated network of services, making the company a full-service brokerage. Read More

EuroFresh Farms Brings New Snacking Tomato, Label to PMA
EuroFresh Farms, a year-round producer and marketer of greenhouse-grown tomatoes and cucumbers located in Willcox and Snowflake, Ariz., announced a new snacking tomato variety, exclusive to EuroFresh Farms, heading to the market. Read More

ARS Scientists Devising New Ways to Protect Avocados
U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists are coming up with new strategies to combat a beetle threatening the nation's avocado trees. Laurel wilt disease is caused by the fungus Raffaelea lauricola and is vectored by the redbay ambrosia beetle, an invasive pest from Asia that has spread to the Carolinas, Florida and west to Mississippi. Read More


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