From the editors of Growing Magazine | December 11, 2012
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New England Grows

Supporting the Future of Potato Production
Continuing its investment in the future of agriculture, Syngenta is pleased to recognize Alana Peters, a senior at Prosser High School in Prosser, Wash., as the 2012 recipient of the $5,000 Syngenta Potato Scholarship. Peters will be recognized at the Potato Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., January 9-11, 2013. Read More

Citrus Turns Away From Mechanical Harvest
As mechanical harvesting increases in most sectors, there is one area where it is in decline. It is yet another victim of the ravages of citrus greening disease. In Florida, mechanical harvesting has declined by 74 percent as a result of the disease. Read More

Reinke Honors Top Dealerships
Reinke Mfg. Co. honored its top dealerships at the company’s annual convention. Reinke dealers throughout the United States and Canada joined together for the three-day event, with more than 100 dealers receiving accolades in recognition of their 2011-2012 sales and marketing year success. Read More

Cravo Wins Gold Business Achievement Award
Cravo took gold at the Ontario Global Traders Awards in the Market Expansion Category at the Ontario Business Achievement Awards. The awards are presented by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, which represents over 60,000 businesses. Read More

Leadership Symposium Scheduled in San Diego
Senior executives from all segments of the global supply chain who want to recharge their batteries for the new year, strengthen leadership capabilities and stretch their thinking beyond business as usual are invited to participate in the 2013 Leadership Symposium, January 16-18, in San Diego, Calif. Read More

Good Demand for Walnuts Continues
Touting a growing awareness of the health benefits associated with eating walnuts, Dennis Balint, CEO of the California Walnut Commission, said that demand for walnuts, both domestically and abroad, has been growing. Read More

Village Farms’ Packaging Creates Stir
After unveiling its new logo, packaging, and brand concepts in late 2011, Village Farms has caught the eye of the design world one year later. Village Farms’ packaging was featured on The Dieline for its new and innovative clamshell labeling, stand-up pouch bag, and case box concepts designed by the firm Edmundson Martin. Read More

Pryor Joins Idaho Potato Commission
Jeff Pryor has joined the Idaho Potato Commission food service marketing team as promotions director for the Southeast. Pryor will lead the marketing outreach to distributors and produce specialists in his territory, as well as conduct Idaho potato product seminars and educational sessions, and represent the brand and industry at trade shows. Read More

Bravante Looks to Grow with Sunkist
As part of a deal with Sunkist, Bravante, a California grower and shipper of table grapes, hopes to enlarge its growing operation as well as help grow the Sunkist brand of grapes. Already in the second year of the agreement, they see a bright future ahead. Read More

Apple Storage Holdings Up
Storage holdings for apples in the U.S. are slightly higher than they were last year, according to a new storage survey released by the U.S. Apple Association (USApple), the national trade association for the apple industry. Read More

HAB Announces New Executive Committee
The Hass Avocado Board has announced its 2013 executive committee, which will focus on achieving HAB’s vision of being the avocado category leader in the United States and the industry leader worldwide. The committee includes James W. Johnson, Scott Bauwens, Bob Schaar, and Chris Henry. Read More

Sustainable Food and Farm Conference
Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 34th annual conference, "Growing Opportunities, Cultivating Change." The conference will take place February 16-17, 2013, in Granville, Ohio. The event draws more than 1,100 attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest. Read More


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