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BioWorks and AEF Global Sign Agreement
AEF Global, Inc., based out of Levis, Que., and BioWorks, Inc. of Victor, N.Y., both manufacturers of biopesticides, announced that they have established an agreement for North America. Read More

Bayer CropScience Announces Bee Center
Bayer CropScience has announced plans to break ground in February on its North American Bee Care Center, which will serve as a gathering place for researchers, bee experts, students and other visitors to meet regularly with leading Bayer scientists. Read More

USDA to Purchase Wild Maine Blueberries
The federal government will buy wild Maine blueberries for use in federal nutrition programs. The Agriculture Department will buy up to $16 million worth of blueberries, which could help ease a drop in prices due to a bumper crop of the berries this summer. Read More

New York Counties Can Plant Stone Fruits Again
The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets is lifting a ban on planting new peach trees and other stone fruit in Orleans and Wayne counties after they tested free of the plum pox virus the past three years. The decision will open up 24,000 acres in the two counties for plantings. Read More

Syngenta and INCOTEC Join Forces
Syngenta and INCOTEC, through its wholly owned company AgriCoat, LLC, announced the availability of dry bulb organic onion seed treated with FarMore OI100 seed treatment insecticide technology using AgriCoat organic seed coating technologies. Read More

Rainier Fruit Employees Donate to Toys for Tots
The employees of Rainier Fruit Co. are helping to put a smile on a child's face this holiday season by contributing to the Toys for Tots program. Rainier employees donated 682 toys, 23 percent more than last year. The U.S. Marine Corps, organizers of Toys for Tots, collected the toys. Read More

California Almonds Find Export Home in Russia
Undersecretary for FFAS Michael Scuse led a U.S. delegation of more than 20 U.S. companies and five state departments of agriculture on an agricultural trade mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg. The goal of the mission was to continue an effort to expand export opportunities for U.S. businesses with nations around the world. Read More

Citrus Restrictions Add Costs for Growers
The Californian citrus industry is still getting used to the implications of the recent Asian citrus psyllid discoveries in the state. A statement from California Citrus Mutual said the circumstances of the Tulare valley psyllid discoveries differ from other findings in the state. Read More

Legend of Sun Lion Tangerines
Two well-known Florida citrus growers are launching a branded tangerine product aimed at getting healthy snacks to children while saving an endangered species. Lake Wales growers Vic Story and Marty McKenna have created the Legend of Sun Lion Florida Tangerines brand for the 2012-2013 season. Read More

Prices for Most Vegetables Below 2011
Reduced shipments have relieved some downward pressure on fresh vegetable prices from earlier in 2012, although prices for most vegetables still remain below levels from the previous year, according to the latest USDA Vegetables and Melons Outlook. Read More

Food Safety Concerns
As winter approaches and produce growers begin to plan for the next crop, now is a good time to wash away any chance of food contamination in the farming operation, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist. Read More

Endless Harvest Seeking Local Loans
Organizers of Endless Harvest, the controlled-environment agriculture lettuce project planned for Jamestown, N.D., are looking for $2 million in loans from local development agencies to get the project off the ground. Read More


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