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EPA Pollinator Summit
The EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are holding a public meeting with key stakeholders to collaborate on activities to protect honeybees and other pollinators from pesticide risks. The summit will be an opportunity to advance our collective understanding and efforts to protect them. Read More

CSA Member Retention Strategies
The CSA Expert Exchange is an online conference co-presented by Small Farm Central and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture that will occur live on March 15, 2013. Nationwide, the conference is expected to engage between 500 and 1,000 community-supported agriculture farmers. Read More

Microbes Team Up to Boost Stress Tolerance
While most growers consider viruses and fungi potential threats to their crops, these microbes can help wild plants adapt to extreme conditions, according to a Penn State virologist. Discovering how microbes collaborate to improve the hardiness of plants is a key to sustainable agriculture. Read More

Scientists Identify Chemicals Responsible
for Tomato Taste

Thanks to decades of breeding, modern tomato varieties have a lot of great properties for grower and consumer alike. However, modern strains sometimes have less flavor than older heirloom varieties. This has prompted attempts to try to breed a tomato with all the taste of yesteryear along with all the benefits of more recent cultivars. Read More

California Almond Salmonella Treatment
An appeals court ruled that federal officials have the authority to require that all California almonds be treated for salmonella following outbreaks linked to almonds from the state. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a lower court decision. Read More

Citrus Harvest Chemical Delayed
Despite spending $14 million over the past 10 years on research and regulatory approval, the Florida Citrus Commission has put an indefinite hold on moving forward in commercializing a harvest efficiency improvement chemical. Read More

WP Rawl Announces First-Ever Katie's Camp
This summer, WP Rawl will host a three-day camp for 12 Katie's Krops grant recipients from all across the country at WP Rawl's headquarters in Pelion, S.C. Any child who has received a grant from Katie's Krops is eligible to apply for a spot at the first-ever Katie's Camp. Read More

Garden Fresh Vegetables Utilizing AiroCide
KES Science & Technology, Inc., a leading global provider and innovator of postharvest preservation technology, announced that Garden Fresh Vegetables has integrated the NASA-developed AiroCide food safety preventive controls air sanitation technology into its greenhouse, located in O'Neill, Neb. Read More

Christie to Leave PMA, Explore New Opportunities
PMA President and CEO Bryan Silbermann announced the departure of Lorna Christie, PMA's executive vice president and COO. She is leaving to pursue her goal of consulting with companies ready to establish a business model based on integrated strategic communications, including crisis mitigation and management, and public affairs. Read More

Honoring Women in the Produce Industry
The United Fresh Produce Association is now accepting nominations to help select an honoree to speak at the annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce. Each year, United Fresh recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry and honors one outstanding industry leader at this reception. Read More

New York Announces Funding for Food Hubs
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $3.6 million in state funding awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process will be used to create food distribution hubs across the state. Read More

Ambassador for American Pistachio Growers
American Pistachio Growers is proud to announce that professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones will join the APG athlete ambassador team, claiming American-grown pistachios as his "official snack." Jones is the newest addition to the ambassador lineup. Read More


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