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Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Confernece. January 9-11, 2013 Springfield, Illinois

USDA Hosting Free PACA Webinar
The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) Fruit and Vegetable Program is inviting registrations for a free, interactive webinar on January 24 on the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) Trust provision. Read More

Vermont Farm Show Returns to Essex Junction
The annual Vermont Farm Show returns to the Champlain Valley Exposition this January 29-31 to celebrate its 81st year. Last year was the first year the show was held at the Champlain Valley Exposition. The new, more spacious venue provided a better experience for guests and exhibitors alike in 2012. Read More

Landmark Food Safety Proposed Rules Released
Bryan Silbermann, president and CEO of Produce Marketing Association, issued a statement in response to the release of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed rules on produce safety and preventive controls under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Read More

DMA Solutions Offers Marketing Consultations
DMA Solutions, Inc., a marketing and creative firm in the fresh produce industry, will offer free one-hour marketing consultations to fresh produce companies in need of a fresh perspective on their marketing in 2013. The New Year's offer is open through the end of January. Read More

China Top Market for Californian Almonds
China has emerged as the top market for Californian almonds. China and Hong Kong imported 236 million pounds of California almonds in 2011-12, according to the Almond Board of California. This represents a 100 percent increase over the past three years. Read More

Scientists Seek Genetic Diversity in Watermelons
Scientists are analyzing the wild watermelon—hard, white, small and bitter—for genetic traits that might help develop cultivated forms that are more resistant to diseases. An international team of more than 60 researchers sequenced the domesticated watermelon genome for the first time in late November. Read More

Brandt Raises Relief Funds for Sandy Victims
Brandt, a provider of agricultural inputs, raised more than $10,000 for the American Red Cross' relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy through dedicated fundraising efforts over the month of November. Read More

Purfresh Announces New Director of Sales
Purfresh, Inc. has announced the appointment of Patricia Castaneda as the regional sales director, South America. "South American growers are leading the market as high-quality suppliers of fresh fruit and vegetables in the world," said Castaneda. Read More

Michigan State Researches Rot Detection
Researchers at Michigan State University are attempting to develop a way to tell if chestnuts are rotten without opening them. The aim is to create a method by which it is possible to detect internal decay to ensure that produce reaching the shelves is of high quality. Read More

Calavo Net Income Soars
Calavo Growers' net income soared 72 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter, buoyed by a bigger avocado harvest in California. The avocado and fresh produce provider earned $6.2 million for a three-month period that ended October 31, up from $3.6 million a year ago. Read More

Desert Growing Regions Hit by Frosts
A shortage of vegetables is expected this month after a harsh winter frost struck desert growing regions. Lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower are all expected to be affected. Growers warn there could be reductions of up to 30 percent. Read More

FDA Seeks Info From Salmonella Outbreak Farm
Federal regulators are pressing a southwestern Indiana cantaloupe farm linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak to detail the steps it has taken to address unsanitary conditions inspectors found last summer at the farm's fruit-packing operation. Read More

 

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