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  • Crops rot as Mexican labor dispute continues

    Mar 27, 2015

    For the last week, striking farmworkers in Baja California have all but stopped the winter harvest, right at its peak. While crops rot, indigenous pickers are rallying on streets and plazas as police and army soldiers keep watch, putting the normally sleepy region on edge.… Full Story »
  • Spinach, organic foods in Michigan recalled over listeria concerns

    Mar 25, 2015

    Various spinach products distributed in Michigan and nationally are being recalled amid listeria concerns, according to FDA. Listeria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a bacteria that can cause symptoms including fever, muscle aches, convulsions, confusion and loss of balance. Pregnant… Full Story »
  • John Deere updates compact utility tractor line

    Mar 24, 2015

    Designed and built in Augusta, Georgia, the 2015 John Deere 3032E and 3038E compact utility tractors feature customer-driven updates for added convenience, comfort and ease of use. The 3E Series models are practical for rural property owners, equine and small-scale livestock operations, landscape contractors and… Full Story »
  • California announces $1 billion emergency drought package

    Mar 24, 2015

    Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Gov. Jerry Brown recently joined other state officials to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought. The $1 billion package will expedite bond funding to make the state more resilient… Full Story »
  • FDA holding public meeting on FSMA implementation strategy

    Mar 23, 2015

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting entitled, “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Focus on Implementation Strategy for Prevention-Oriented Food Safety Standards.”  The meeting will be held April 23 and April 24 at the Washington Marriott Hotel at Metro Center… Full Story »
  • Seedway receives GAP/GHP certifications at three seed locations

    Mar 23, 2015

    Seedway has received USDA GAP/GHP certification at its vegetable seed locations in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Pelham, Georgia, and Lakeland, Florida. This certification encompasses all Seedway vegetable seed handling facilities, making it one of the few seed suppliers with this designation, according to Seedway. The USDA Good Agricultural Practices… Full Story »
  • USDA Market News celebrates 100 years of tracking prices

    Mar 20, 2015

    Have you ever wondered how American farmers and businesses track the price of their commodities? Today, farmers, ranchers, and the entire agricultural supply chain turn to USDA Market News for timely, reliable, unbiased data that serves as the information lifeline for America’s agricultural economy. But 100 years… Full Story »
  • BMSB’s native enemy found in the United States

    Mar 20, 2015

    The Asian wasp Trissolcus japonicus has been found in the wild in the United States. The wasp, native to the regions of Asia where the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) originates, is known to attack the eggs of BMSB and possibly other stink bugs. The wasp doesn’t… Full Story »
  • Syngenta product gets trade name Orondis

    Mar 20, 2015

    The trade name for Syngenta’s newest fungicide, containing the active ingredient (a.i.)oxathiapiprolin, is Orondis. “Orondis offers a new, highly effective approach to disease management,” Bernd Druebbisch, Syngenta’s fungicide product lead, said in a news release. “Growers will soon have an opportunity to experience the same… Full Story »
  • Farmers say wage hike would devastate NY agriculture

    Mar 19, 2015

    New York farmers spoke out Wednesday against a plan to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 an hour or higher, saying the increase would strain income and put farmers at an even greater competitive disadvantage. Unlike other industries, farmers can’t simply raise consumer prices… Full Story »

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