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NJ PLANTS Wins Green Industry Praise
In just three years under new management, NJ PLANTS has established a high profile in the lucrative metro-area market as the green industry trade show and conference that delivers what industry leaders want. Read More

Save the Dates: FSMA Public Meetings
The FDA will be holding two more public meetings on the recently released Proposed Rules to Establish Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption and for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food. Read More

Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference
The PMA Foundation for Industry Talent will debut the Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference April 21-23 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Offered in partnership with Simmons School of Management, this new conference has been customized to develop women's leadership potential throughout the global produce industry. Read More

Farmers' Markets Drive Tomato Research
The emergence of farmers' markets in the Lower Rio Grande Valley has led to new research that shows planting dates affect the productivity of organic tomatoes, according to an expert at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. Read More

Crop Production & Engineering Design Course
The University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) will present the 2013 Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course April 7-12, 2013, at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson. Lectures given during the short course will also be broadcast over the Internet. Read More

Peanut Growers Revel in Record 2012 Yields
The 2012 peanut crop hit record highs in almost all states across the Southeast. Growers now have to decide just how many acres they want to devote to a crop that brought in high yields and big bucks last year. With tons in carryover and a flat domestic market, growers must decide if they can depend on the soaring overseas demand. Read More

Gombas Appointed to National Advisory Committee
United Fresh congratulates Dr. David Gombas on his appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the rechartering of the committee and 22 new members. Read More

Washington Growers Approve Assessment
Cherry and stone fruit growers throughout the state of Washington have agreed to make a $5 million investment over the next eight years at Washington State University research and extension centers in Prosser and Wenatchee. This builds on a similar measure voted on by apple and pear growers in 2011 to galvanize cooperation between the industry and WSU. Read More

Farmers' Market Produce Exempt
For farmers who sell fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets, food safety will be business as usual, despite the federal Food and Drug Administration's new proposed rules governing produce. This is because most market farmers are exempt from the rules, just as they are from the Food Safety Modernization Act. Read More

Tillsonburg Tube Acquires Tunnel Tech
Tillsonburg Tube announced the acquisition of Tunnel Tech, the Ontario-based manufacturer of three-season multi-bay high tunnels. The popular agricultural phenomenon has proven to be effective in extending season production, producing higher grades and higher yields, and preventing weather losses. Read More

Cornell Offers Two New Wine Grapes
After a novel naming challenge drew more than 1,000 suggestions from around the world, a Cornell University breeder has revealed the secret identities of two new wine grapes: 'Arandell' and 'Aromella'. Read More

Scientists Uncover Tomato Ripening Process
Scientists have discovered that a set of chemical changes to a plant's DNA plays a pivotal role in tomato ripening, signaling to the fruit when the time is right to redden. Scientists have long sought ways to control the ripening process to improve fruit quality and prevent spoilage. Read More

 

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