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Meet Juan Sandoval, REAP Hispanic Business Center Director

I grew up in the 3rd largest city in Venezuela. When I moved to Norfolk, Nebraska in 1999, it was a bit of a culture shock. But I love that everyone in town knows who I am. Everywhere I go, I run into a friend. I have learned to appreciate the little things in life. Show More Summary

Washington Commission adds to executive committee

The Washington State Potato Commission elected its new executive committee for the upcoming fiscal year.

New Holland Appoints New VP of North America

New Holland is excited to announced the appointment of Bret Lieberman as Vice President of North America. Bret will be based in New Holland and will assume the role of Vice President immediately. Bret has an accomplished resume at CNH Industrial and New Holland spanning 25 years in various roles which will bring a multi-faceted perspective and a passion from... Read More

Sakata earns certification, offers commercial varieties

Sakata Seed America has earned Good Seed and Plant Practices certification.

Lawmakers seek conservation rule compliance extension

The pending agricultural appropriations bill in the U.S. House seeks to give fruit and vegetable producers additional time to come into compliance with new conservation rules linked to federal subsidies for crop insurance premiums.

Frieda’s passes two key audits

Frieda’s Specialty Produce has passed its annual Global Food Safety Initiative benchmark audit and California Certified Organic Farmers organic audit.

WP Rawl renovates website

WP Rawl, the Pelion, S.C.-based has launched a renovated website at

USDA names produce industry members to trade, policy groups

The fresh fruit and vegetable industry is represented on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee and one of six agricultural technical advisory committees announced June 30 by the USDA.

REAP Staff the Hardest Working in the Country!

REAP is well known as the go-to program for entrepreneurs in need of services including lending, loan packaging, one-on-one counseling, business plan development, and specialized entrepreneurial training. Our staff has come a long way since we began in 1990. Show More Summary

U.S. potato acreage up 1.9 percent, NASS reports. Ag minute for July 01, 2015

Fall potato acres are up in the Northwest and nationwide, according to new numbers from the USDA and United Potato Growers of America. Click here for full story.

A Different Approach to Nutrient Management

Growers who are interested in reducing crop inputs and increasing profits can learn more about a program to achieve both from Crop Health Labs. This nutrient management tool is plant sap analysis and they are hosting webinars throughout July to educate growers about this different approach to very common nutrient management problems. Show More Summary

Biggest Hot Dog Holiday to Kick Off Hot Dog Month

Americans are expected to eat more than 150 million hotdogs over the July 4th weekend, appropriately kicking off July as National Hog Dog month.  Independence Day will be celebrated with fireworks and more hot dogs than any other time of the year– enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times. “There’s no better way to celebrate America’s... Read More

‘Shark Tank’ Investor to Address AFBF Annual Convention

Farmers certainly know a lot about investing their money… and if the rain doesn’t stop in the Midwest, they might be swimming with the sharks, figuratively and literally! Seems only appropriate that the American Farm Bureau Federation...Show More Summary

New FAPRI Report Shows ARC, PLC Picks

A new report from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI-MU) shows how many farmers are using Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) plans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Show More Summary

New method may eliminate antibiotic use in livestock

A University of Wisconsin-Madison animal scientist has developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections. Professor Mark Cook's work focuses on a fundamental immune “off-switch” called Interleukin 10 or IL-10, manipulated by bacteria and many other pathogens to defeat the immune system during infection

Chinese company to build fishmeal plant in Russia

Chinese fish company Yuanchzhen intends to build a processing plant for the production of fishmeal in the Sakhalin Oblast at the Far East part of Russia, according to the representatives of the company after the negotiations with the regional officials.

USDA approves new adjuvants for poultry vaccines

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the safety of the first ENABL ready-to-use adjuvants for vaccines used in chickens. The approval includes a 21-day withdrawal period when ENABL is used in vaccines administered subcutaneously (SQ) to improve immunity against disease.

HATCH extends egg donation program

After providing 100,039 eggs to more than 8,000 families during a 10-week pilot project in Central Indiana, HATCH announced it will extend its program with Kroger, Rose Acre Farms and Elanco through Dec. 31, 2015.

Pure Pig Genetics acquires ACMC assets

Pure Pig Genetics Ltd, a new company owned by Matthew Curtis, former managing director of ACMC, has taken over major assets owned by ACMC, which went into administration in April this year.

Phil Pisciotta, Kansas City produce man, dies

Longtime Kansas City area produce veteran Phil Pisciotta Jr. died June 28 at the age of 87.

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