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Policy Issues; Tax Extenders; Budget; Trade- Ag Economy; and, Regulations- Tuesday

Policy Issues Damian Paletta and Mark Peters reported on the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal that, “A large number of Republican governors are pushing to reshape social-welfare programs with drug testing or other requirements, arguing that the new rules better prepare recipients for employment and assure taxpayers that the benefit money is well spent. […]

Global livestock sector committed to addressing hunger

Key organisations representing the global livestock sector, including the International Egg Commission (IEC) and the International Poultry Council (IPC) have committed to support the call for action to end malnutrition and sustainably feed the world by UN FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).

Sunkist names director for government relations

Beginning in January, Sunkist Growers Inc. will have a veteran of federal and state government agricultural service as its director of government relations and public policy. Rayne (Pegg) Thompson is scheduled to begin the job the first week of 2015.

Ocean Mist hires Diana McClean as marketing director

Castroville, Calif.-based Ocean Mist Farms has hired produce industry marketing veteran Diana McClean as director of marketing, said Joe Feldman, vice president of sales and marketing.

Lost Medicaid Dollars top $700 Million in Montana Alone

By Steph Larsen on December 15, 2014 - 12:00am States that haven’t expanded their Medicaid program for low-income residents are leaving a lot of money on the table. Montana has forfeited about $2 million per day in federal funds since...Show More Summary

PMA submits comments to FDA on food safety proposals

The Produce Marketing Association has submitted the group’s comments to the Food and Drug Administration on the agency’s produce safety, preventive controls for human food, foreign supplier verification program and the preventive controls for animal feed regulations.

Chilean grapes begin shipping

An extra 1 million boxes or more of grapes are expected to be exported from Chile’s Copiapo Valley this season.

Chilean grapes begin shipping

An extra 1 million boxes or more of grapes are expected to be exported from Chile’s Copiapo Valley this season.

PEI Potato Board elects officers, members

Potato growers on Prince Edward Island elected a new leader for their industry board, selecting Alex Docherty to serve as chairman of the PEI Potato Board.

United Fresh adds education director

The United Fresh Produce Association has added Jessica Mosley as its director of education.

Mann Packing names sales manager for East

Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing has hired Julie Bowman as regional sales manager for the East.

Industry groups applaud passage of spending bill

Congressional passage of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill preserved fruit and vegetable standards for school meals and also eased some hours of service provisions for truck drivers.

Industry groups applaud passage of spending bill

Congressional passage of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill preserved fruit and vegetable standards for school meals and also eased some hours of service provisions for truck drivers.

Fermentation Education from BASF at CSS

Fermentation education was going on at the BASF booth during the ASTA CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week in Chicago. The fermentation educator was BASF Biological Operations Manager Chris Feiden who explained and demonstrated for us the fermentation and filling process that takes place at BASF research facility in St. Show More Summary

Fruit Logistica names 2015 innovation award nominees

Messe Berlin has named 10 nominees for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2015.

Economic Outlook at ASTA

Back again by popular demand this year at the ASTA CSS 2014 and Seed Expo was AgResource Company president Dan Basse giving his economic outlook for the year ahead. Basse says the protein side of the plate is doing very well right now, dairy and beef in particular, “so we call it the Year of the Cow” and while grain... Read More

Line of “misfit” vegetables takes off

A Canadian greenhouse grower-shipper has found a good home for its misshapen vegetables.

California chestnuts make comeback

More California-grown chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire this Christmas.

Vision Produce expands chili pepper program

Vision Produce Co. has launched a year-round chili pepper program.

USDA offers new insurance option for produce

New crop insurance options are available for growers of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and other specialty crops.

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