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Sec. Perdue Defends Trump Budget

Farmers and ranchers are concerned about President Trump’s “Taxpayer First” budget released this week but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue defended significant cuts to USDA in the name of balancing the budget. “I don’t think there’s any reason to sugar coat this,” Perdue said to reporters on a press call Tuesday. Show More Summary

Clever marketing can lift your egg price

Good marketing – and understanding shoppers’ minds – can often seem like a dark art. Fortunately the International Egg Commission’s business conference, held in April, in Monte Carlo, sheds some light on best practice.

Laying hens stick to their own routine

Egg laying chickens have their own routine and daily schedule that they rigidly stick to, differentiating them from others in the flock.

NZ farmer set wheat record

A new world record has been set by a farmer from New Zealand for the highest yielding wheat crop, ABC rural reports.

Urgent action to help GM-free Ecuador

The Constitution of Ecuador declared the country "Free of Transgenic Seeds and Crops". Now, a few days after finishing his term, outgoing President Correa vetoes the seeds law, which would allow transgenic seeds and crops to enter Ecuador for research purposes.

Incoming United Fresh chairwoman aims to energize industry

Susan Reimer-Sifford wants to organize and energize during her tenure as chairwoman of the United Fresh Produce Association. Susan Reimer-Sifford wants to organize and energize during her tenure as chairwoman of the United Fresh Produce Association.

New website dedicated to ag tech in Salinas

The City of Salinas, Calif., has launched a website featuring the agricultural technology opportunities in the area. The City of Salinas, Calif., has launched a website featuring the agricultural technology opportunities in the area...

Expectations high for FreshMKT, FreshTEC expos

The United Fresh Produce Association aims to provide attendees of its rebranded conference a more customized experience this year. The United Fresh Produce Association aims to provide attendees of its rebranded conference a more customized experience this year.

Sutherland offering gift boxes with gold cherries

British Columbia-based Sutherland S.A. Produce has an unusually luxurious cherry gift box option this year — one that includes a cherry made of 24-karat gold. British Columbia-based Sutherland S.A. Produce has an unusually luxurious cherry gift box option this year — one that includes a cherry made of 24-karat gold.

ZimmCast with @IFAJ Presidents at #ONE17

Past and current Presidents of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists were attending this week’s Alltech Ideas Conference and Cindy’s Golden ZimmComm Microphone got a work out interviewing them for this week’s program. Show More Summary

RedLine Solutions donates science supplies to a high school

RedLine Solutions donated $7,500 to the Santa Clara High School science department. RedLine Solutions donated $7,500 to the Santa Clara High School science department.

Ready Pac Foods hires chief marketing officer

Ready Pac Foods Inc., Irwindale, Calif., promoted Galit Feinreich to chief marketing officer. Ready Pac Foods Inc., Irwindale, Calif., promoted Galit Feinreich to chief marketing officer.

California Ag adds Karen Caplan

Karen Caplan, president and CEO of Frieda’s Inc., has joined the board of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. Karen Caplan, president and CEO of Frieda’s Inc., has joined the board of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation.

Allen Lund hires operations manager

The Allen Lund Co.’s Phoenix office has promoted Jason Rabine to operations manager. The Allen Lund Co.’s Phoenix office has promoted Jason Rabine to operations manager.

Tops names 2017 produce managers of the year

Tops Friendly Markets, Williamsville, N.Y., announced its 2017 Produce Managers of the Year. Tops Friendly Markets, Williamsville, N.Y., announced its 2017 Produce Managers of the Year.

California Giant to raise funds for school salad bars

The California Giant Foundation, through Tour De Fresh pledges, is setting a goal of at least $156,000 to privately fund 50 salad bars in schools across the country. The California Giant Foundation, through Tour De Fresh pledges, is setting a goal of at least $156,000 to privately fund 50 salad bars in schools across the country.

New onion facilities going up

Hatch, N.M.-based Rio Valley Onion has a new packinghouse, and Parma, Idaho-based Golden West Produce will have a new packinghouse and three new storage facilities before the end of the summer.

George Blankenship receives Alltech Medal of Excellence

Alltech founder Dr. Pearse Lyons presented Former Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and GAP Inc. executive George Blankenship with the Alltech Medal of Excellence at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky this week. Alltech’s highest accolade, the medal is awarded annually to someone of great accomplishment and leadership. Show More Summary

Alltech Young Scientists Compete at #ONE17

Two bright thinkers are representing North America in the Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program in Louisville, Kentucky this week at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference. Joshua Gukowsky has just finished his undergraduate degree from the...Show More Summary

More time for farmers before subsidy phase out

The Conservative manifesto promises to keep farm support at current levels for the lifetime of the next Parliament. This means that farmers will have until 2022 to adjust to a reduction in subsidies, although the downside risk is that the longer time span may lead them to postpone necessary changes, especially when future policy remains uncertain. Show More Summary

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