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Sales veteran Albert Ramirez joins New Limeco

Produce industry veteran Albert Ramirez has joined New Limeco LLC as director of sales.

Sales veteran Albert Ramirez joins New Limeco

Produce industry veteran Albert Ramirez has joined New Limeco LLC as director of sales.

Pear bureau taps regional marketing manager

Pear Bureau Northwest has named Dave Howald regional marketing manager for the western U.S.

GOP Ag Commissioners say “Ditch the Rule”

Members of the Republican Agriculture Commissioners Committee hosted a conference call Monday to discuss the impact of federal overreach on agriculture in the United States and back the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in calling for the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule to be withdrawn. Show More Summary

Conservation Innovation Grants Announced

During a visit to a farm in Moline, Illinois Monday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge...Show More Summary

Criminal case against Mucci companies, execs moves forward

A criminal fraud case against Ontario greenhouse grower-packer Mucci International Marketing Inc., Mucci Pac Ltd. and two of the company’s top executives is moving forward, with the next court appearance set for Oct. 20.

High risk designation may make everyone equally unhappy

It is not bedside stand reading (what is, when you come down to it?), but the United Fresh Produce Association’s comment to the FDA on the Designation of High-Risk Foods for Tracing does have several turns of phrase that reflect the intelligent and no B.S. style of David Gombas.

Colombian goldenberry approved for entry to U.S.

The Colombian goldenberry, also known as uchuva, physalis or Cape gooseberry, is now approved for entry into the U.S. without cold treatment if grown in certain regions, according to a news release.

Don't Muddy the Water

By Guest Writer on September 15, 2014 - 12:00am By Trisha Jackson, Trisha.Jackson@sdstate.edu, South Dakota State University Democracy can work if we use it. It doesn’t function well when stakeholders refuse to come to the table, blocking any attempts for compromise. Show More Summary

Beware Corporate "Right to Farm"

By John Crabtree on September 15, 2014 - 12:00am On August 5th, Missourians voted on an ill-conceived “Right to Farm” constitutional amendment supported by a coalition of major corporate farming interests, which spent over $1 million to secure its passage. Show More Summary

New Jersey offers crop gleaning assistance

The Garden State’s agriculture agency is offering grants to help pay for crop gleaning to support the state’s food banks.

USDA sanctions two PACA violators

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on two produce companies for failure to pay Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards, according to a USDA news release.

Idaho Potato Commission gets new board members

The Idaho Potato Commission has appointed two new leaders and reappointed another.

Idaho Potato Commission gets new board members

The Idaho Potato Commission has appointed two new leaders and reappointed another.

CMI pouch bag program for pears expands nationally

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Columbia Marketing International is expanding pouch bag availability for its Sweet Gourmet Pears program.

Lotpath offering targets developers, produce industry

Fresno, Calif.-based Lotpath Inc. has released a developer application programming interface for Lotpath Quality, its fresh produce inspection software.

Turners & Growers, Unifrutti partner on Peru grapes

New Zealand-based Turners & Growers Ltd. has started a joint venture with Unifrutti for table grapes produced in Piura, Peru.

Fresh produce defense contracts awarded in August

The Department of Defense announced several contract awards for fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers in August.

Natalie’s certified as a women-owned business

Fort Pierce, Fla.-based Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co. has been certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Borton Fruit partners with Birko on food safety

Grower-shipper Borton Fruit now uses equipment and products from Birko as part of its overall food safety system for its apple, pear and cherry operation in Yakima, Wash.

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