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Hispanic Population Gains Offset Rural Out-Migration, Keep Small Towns Bustling

By Virginia Meyer on August 27, 2014 - 1:14pm My town, Fremont, Nebraska, population 26,000, has an aging population. We’re no different from many small and midsized towns across rural America. By 2017, 31% of Fremont’s residents are projected to be 55 or older. Show More Summary

Robinson Fresh adds Green Giant Fresh asparagus

Robinson Fresh has added Green Giant Fresh-branded asparagus to its product lineup.

Get Paid to Plant Enogen

Calling all farmers? Did you know you can get paid to plant Enogen corn from Syngenta? And did you know that for every acre of Enogen corn planted, Syngenta donates a $1 to the renewable energy industry? Well I didn’t know you could get paid until I sat down with David Witherspoon, head of renewable fuels for Syngenta during Farm... Read More

Organic equivalency talks underway with Mexico

On-site assessments of Mexico’s organic certification program is on the agenda later this year as U.S. officials negotiate an organic equivalency program with their Mexican counterparts.

Mastronardi Produce doubles size of Coldwater Farms

The first harvest of tomatoes from new greenhouse acres built by Mastronardi Produce Ltd. should begin in about seven weeks.

Be social media savvy

CHARLEVOIX, QUEBEC — A website even 2 years old is like an old house that’s never repaired or painted, social media marketing expert Luc Dupont told Quebec Produce Marketing Association conference attendees.

Come and Play at FS STAR Energy

Visit the FS STAR Energy exhibit on lot 1302 at the Farm Progress Show and you can play some cool digital farm games, win some great prizes and learn more about nitrogen management. “Folks can learn about the best seed to plant on their acres, the best fuel to put in their equipment,” said Bev Long, Marketing Communications Manager for... Read More

QPMA welcomes new president

CHARLEVOIX QUEBEC — The new president of the Quebec Produce Marketing Association knows the produce industry from the ground up.

Bill Northey Talk Corn Crops, Water Quality

During the Farm Progress Show this week, I caught up with Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey. I asked him what the corn crop was looking like in Iowa in particular, as Boone, Iowa is the host of this year’s Farm Progress. Northey said that for the most part, Iowa is going to have a great corn crop as well as... Read More

Guess Whose FPS Boots

It’s time once again for an edition of “Guess Whose Boots.” This time it’s from the Farm Progress Show. Here’s how it works. The first person to guess correctly by leaving a comment will receive a ZimmComm Swag Bag gift in the mail. So get your thinking cap on and give it your best guess. No hints for now. 2014... Read More

USDA doesn’t find drought price effect yet

The California drought still hasn’t had a major effect on consumer-level fruit and vegetable prices, but economists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the potential remains for large and lasting effects on how much they cost.

Kiwifruit markets strong through end of year

Kiwifruit markets should stay strong when California takes over the bulk of production in October.

Family Business Scholarship recipients named

Recipients of the 2014 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships have been named, giving four representatives from family businesses a chance to attend the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Conference, Sept. 8-...

Rain, hail affect spuds

The effects of summer rain and hail will likely put a dent in potato volumes this season, but growers are optimistic at the beginning of harvests.

Kiwifruit markets strong through end of year

Kiwifruit markets should stay strong when California takes over the bulk of production in October.

Legion Logistics recognized in Inc. 5000 list

Legion Logistics LLC has been named one of Inc. magazine’s top 5,000 companies.

South Florida’s International Cold Storage relocating

International Cold Storage, a south Florida refrigerated storage and container loading operation, plans to relocate to larger and more efficient operations.

African Swine Fever in the EU so far: 7 farms affected

An up-to-date recap of all African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks in the European Union shows that seven farms have so far been affected with the virus.

PEDv outbreak in Taiwan, reported new cases

According to the World Health Organisation (OIE) there have been 34 new outbreaks of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in Taiwan, reported by Ping-Cheng Yang, Director, Animal Technology Institute Taïwan, Council of Agriculture, Taïwan, Chinese Taipei.

Russian agriculture needs an extra 13.3 billion

Due to the ban, Russian agriculture will need an additional injection of €13.3 billion in the next five years.

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