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  • McDonald’s seeding fruit options

    Aug 19, 2014

    McDonald's seems to be having a McFruity moment. After years of criticism from advocates who urged the burger giant to offer more fruits and veggies for kids in its Happy Meals, the chain is about to do just that. USA Today Click here to read more.
  • CPS, PMA, WGA partner to produce Ag Water report

    Aug 11, 2014

    To help the industry evaluate and consider several years’ worth of scientific research findings, Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Western Growers Association (WGA) have partnered with the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) to deliver a report focused on agricultural water and its impact on food… Full Story »
  • Russia to ban all U.S. agricultural imports

    Aug 7, 2014

    Retaliating for U.S. sanctions over Ukraine, Russia will ban or limit all American agricultural products for up to a year, a Kremlin official said Wednesday. All fruits and vegetables from the European Union will also be locked out, the country's agricultural and veterinary watchdog told RIA Novosti.… Full Story »
  • MSU gets USDA grant to study pollination solutions

    Aug 7, 2014

    USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $6.9 million grant to Michigan State University (MSU) to develop sustainable pollination strategies for specialty crops in the United States. The grant was funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), which is authorized… Full Story »
  • Members named to fruit, vegetable advisory committee

    Aug 1, 2014

    USDA recently named new members of its Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) oversees the 25-member committee, which will meet up to two times per year to advise the secretary of agriculture on issues affecting the fruit and vegetable industry. Committee… Full Story »
  • California growers, researchers doing what they can to conserve water

    Jul 23, 2014

    The 2014 drought will cost California’s economy $2.2 billion and 17,100 seasonal and part-time jobs, according to a study released in July by the University of California’s (UC) Center for Watershed Sciences and Agricultural Issues Center. The study states that the 2014 drought is “responsible… Full Story »
  • MSU opens enrollment for off-campus courses

    Jul 14, 2014

    The Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (MSU IAT) is offering several classes this fall, including a course in Tree Fruit Production and Management. MSU IAT has been conducting plant, animal and technology certificate courses on its East Lansing campus for more than 100 years. Commercial horticulture… Full Story »
  • Cooperative approach could overcome H-2A challenges

    Jul 8, 2014

    To combat recent labor shortages, agriculture groups in Michigan are developing what might be a singular solution: a cooperative H-2A program. “I’m not aware of similar programs,” said Sarah Pion, Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) regional representative for southwest Michigan. “I think this is one of… Full Story »
  • Ready Pac sponsors symposium to raise awareness about organic spinach

    Jul 8, 2014

    Ready Pac Foods sponsored a symposium on the sustainability of organic spinach, hosted by the United Vegetable Growers Cooperative. The event was held on June 24 in Seaside, California, and spotlighted the growing threat of downey mildew to organic spinach yields to help raise awareness… Full Story »
  • Field tours to kick off 2014 PMA Foodservice Conference

    Jul 1, 2014

    PMA Foodservice Conference attendees will get a fresh look at leading crops on an exclusive visit to some of Salinas Valley’s fields and facilities on the Behind the Scenes: Field & Plant Tour. In addition to facility tours, registrants will get a field-to-fork perspective of… Full Story »

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