From the editors of Growing Magazine | November 27, 2012
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New England Grows, the green industry's best-attended event in the Northeast, has chosen Moose River Media of St. Johnsbury, Vt., as its official media partner. The partnership is effective immediately as New England Grows gears up for its 2013 conference and exposition February 6-8 in Boston, Mass. Read More

Midwest's Largest Green Industry Convention
Thousands of green industry professionals are coming to Columbus to buy, learn and network this January at CENTS 2013. This annual convention brings business owners together with their customers and prospects for sales, executive business and green tracks and renowned authors and speakers. Read More

Ocean Spray Releases New Video
Ocean Spray has released a new online video clip with CEO Randy Papadellis in a bid to assure consumers of the health benefits cranberries can bring as part of a diet. The video has come about due to growing consumer concerns over the added sugar in products such as cranberry juice. Read More

Watson Receives FFVA Education Scholarship
Continuing its investment in the future of agriculture, Syngenta helped select Adam Watson of the University of Florida as the 2012 recipient of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association's education scholarship. Watson is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in food and resource economics. Read More

Blue Diamond Almond Sales Reach $1 Billion
Blue Diamond's fiscal year 2011-2012 sales have reached the record level of $1 billion this year, with two-year growth of $300 million, according to President and CEO Mark Jansen, who addressed the cooperative's grower-owners at their 102nd annual meeting. Read More

Washington Juice Grapes Attracting High Prices
Prices for juice grapes grown in Washington are expected to remain strong next year; however, growers and processors at the Washington State Grape Society were not encouraging the cultivation of more acres. Jim Gauley, CFO of FruitSmart, says they want to maintain a slightly short supply in order to continue to attract good prices. Read More

New Invasive Pest Discovered in Pennsylvania
Penn State researchers recently discovered the African fig fly in Pennsylvania for the first time, giving fruit growers across the state another invasive pest to be on the lookout for. The pest was discovered last month by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in grape and pest survey traps. Read More

New Cuties Plant to Create 500 Jobs
Paramount Citrus has just celebrated the grand opening of its new citrus packinghouse, which will be home to the company's sweet, seedless, E-Z peel Cuties California Mandarins. The facility measures more than 640,000 square feet--the equivalent of 11 football fields. Read More

Asian Citrus Psyllid Found in Tulare County
Agriculture officials reported that an Asian citrus psyllid was found in Tulare County, Calif. The pest, which spreads citrus greening, was discovered in a commercial orchard near Strathmore, according to Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita. Read More

Tunnel Technology For Florida Blueberries
Protecting Florida's $80 million blueberry crop from freeze damage is always a wintertime challenge, but a University of Florida study shows that structures called high tunnels could shield plants from cold and promote earlier fruit ripening. Read More

Reducing Irrigation Without Damaging Peach Production
USDA scientists are helping peach growers make the most of dwindling water supplies in California's San Joaquin Valley. ARS scientist James E. Ayars has found a way to reduce the amount of water given postharvest to early-season peaches so that the reduction has a minimal effect on yield and fruit quality. Read More

Fingerling Potatoes Prove Profitable
Fingerling potatoes now grow on about 1,500 acres of Colorado's San Luis Valley, and in a year when big potatoes were often making a loss, the fingerlings are moving from produce aisles with sticker-shock prices of $3 and up for a single pound. Read More


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