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  • Watermelon board announces restructuring

    Dec 17, 2014

    Gordon Hunt, director of marketing and communications for the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB), recently announced his departure to take a position as managing director of a new Southeast Asian-oriented company. This change prompted NWPB to rebalance its resources and implement a significant restructuring. According… Full Story »
  • Comment period passes for supplemental FSMA rules

    Dec 15, 2014

    The December 15 deadline for comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act supplemental language for the produce safety and preventive control rules has expired, with produce organizations submitting their official views on the changes to FDA. “Our main priority is to assure that when these… Full Story »
  • United Fresh appoints director of education

    Dec 15, 2014

    Jessica Mosley is the new director of education for the United Fresh Produce Association. Mosley will focus on the development of the association’s full spectrum of industry education programs, ensuring their value to United Fresh members and their relevance to the broader produce industry. Mosley… Full Story »
  • Specialty crops gain new insurance protections

    Dec 15, 2014

    USDA has announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect… Full Story »
  • United report shows fresh produce volume steady

    Dec 11, 2014

    United Fresh Produce Association released the third quarter 2014 edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce. The report shows that, during this quarter, fruit and vegetable volume remained steady compared to the previous year, while dollar sales increased… Full Story »
  • House votes to declare Obama’s immigration actions ‘null and void’

    Dec 4, 2014

    House Republicans approved a measure Thursday that aims to ‎block the Obama administration from moving to shield millions from deportation, a largely symbolic legislative response to the president's new immigration policy that reflects lawmakers' limited options. Los Angeles Times To read more, click here.
  • Texas leads coalition in lawsuit against Obama immigration actions

    Dec 4, 2014

    Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing the Obama administration over the president's executive actions on immigration.  The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Texas on Wednesday, and names the heads of the top immigration enforcement… Full Story »
  • Working the land and the data

    Dec 1, 2014

    Kip Tom, a seventh-generation family farmer, harvests the staples of modern agriculture: seed corn, feed corn, soybeans and data. “I’m hooked on a drug of information and productivity,” he said, sitting in an office filled with computer screens and a whiteboard covered with schematics and… Full Story »
  • Per Jensen, former seed company executive, dies

    Nov 21, 2014

    Per Jacob Jensen, 85, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at St. John’s home in Mendon, New York following a brief illness. He is preceded in death by his wife Karen. He is survived by three children, Kirsten Down (Allan), Al Jensen (Adair), John Jensen (Aimee); sisters… Full Story »
  • Obama actions ‘not expected’ to ease farm labor concerns

    Nov 21, 2014

    A call for a more targeted approach to help improve the farm labor environment marked early reaction from the agriculture community to President Barack Obama’s issuance of a series of executive actions to grant as many as 5 million unauthorized immigrants permits to work in… Full Story »

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