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USDA triples emergency water assistance to California

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to provide $9.7 million in emergency water assistance to 73,000 residents of 11 California counties severely affected by the drought.

Zimfo Bytes

Robert L. Carlson, former president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), has been appointed United Nations (UN) Special Ambassador of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture announced the winners of its Agriculture in a Growing World Essay contest. Show More Summary

REAP Now Offers Online Courses for Your Small Business

By Monica Braun on July 18, 2014 - 9:45am We’re pleased to announce a new program to make it easy for you to take high-quality, noncredit online courses no matter where you are located. Our REAP Women's Business Center is partnering with ed2go to offer hundreds of courses. Show More Summary

Regulating UAV Use

Concern about regulations for the commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was a big topic at last week’s 2014 Precision Aerial Ag Show (PAAS) in Decatur, Illinois. I had a chance to chat with Brendan Schulman of Kramer Levin Law in New York, New York about his win against the FAA regarding a... Read More

Farm Groups Dissatisfied with WOTUS Explanations

Despite increased efforts by Environmental Protection Agency officials to explain and defend the proposed Waters of the United States rule, farm groups continue to have concerns. The American Farm Bureau Federation this week sent Congress...Show More Summary

Performance Food Group names executive VP

Foodservice supplier Performance Food Group Inc. has added an executive vice president position to its administrative staff and hired Jim Hope to fill the job.

It’s a water crisis

Retailers, and, in turn, consumers, haven’t seen much effect from the drought in California this year.

American Food Distributors posts PACA surety bond

Denver-based American Food Distributors Inc. has posted a $260,000 surety bond with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a USDA news release.

Groups ponder recent dust rule proposal - AgMinute for July 18, 2014

Submitting a proposed clarification to Idaho's fugitive dust rule to the EPA for federal approval could offer farmers and ranchers more protection, ag leaders were told July 16. But it would also include a public comment period and could draw the attention of national environmental groups. Click here for the full story

USDA proposes access for Chinese apples

Chinese apples would be allowed long-sought access to the U.S. under a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Domex reports outstanding fruit quality

Domex Superfresh Growers reports outstanding quality on both its cherry and apple crops.

Lemons take their turn as high-dollar citrus

When lime prices hit triple-digits earlier this year, some shippers I talked to said restaurants were switching to lemons as a cheaper substitute.

Fresh, inviting produce displays trump fire sale offerings

Produce managers must be very careful when dealing with distressed produce.

Fusion Marketing promotes analysts

Fusion Marketing is continuing its commitment to building a strong analytical staff for its clients by promoting Jennifer Anazawa and Matt Schraut to senior category analyst and category analyst, respectively.

Ag Leader at InfoAg Conference

July 29-31, growers, crop consultants and other industry representatives will be able to find Ag Leader experts at the InfoAg Conference at Union Station in St. Louis, Mo. This show is a premier conference for attendees to hear about a wide range of topics on technology applications and data management and interpretation. Show More Summary

Cherkizovo opens new grain storage facilities

The Cherkizovo Group has officially opened its new grain storage facilities in Kamensky District, Penza Region, which will have an overall capacity of 100,000 tonnes, bringing the company's overall grain storage capacity to 700,000 tonnes.

Campylobacter research reveals potential for vaccine

A potential vaccine for Campylobacter has been identified in research funded by USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation.

CDC closes lab following accidental AI shipment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has closed its influenza laboratory after a cross-contamination occurred which allowed a strain of Avian influenza to be delivered to a poultry lab.

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