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  • Block grants set for specialty crops

    Apr 18, 2014

    USDA has announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and more. According to a news… Full Story »
  • Sakata Seed America, Alf Christianson merge

    Apr 17, 2014

    Sakata Seed America and Alf Christianson Seed Co. have merged, effective immediately. According to a news release, the entity will operate under the Sakata Seed America name and will be headquartered in Morgan Hill, Calif. Sakata Seed America will retain a significant presence in the… Full Story »
  • United webinar helps employers prepare for Affordable Care Act

    Apr 16, 2014

    United Fresh is offering a webinar to help produce industry employers prepare for compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The webinar, “Managing Your Responsibilities Under the Affordable Care Act,” will be held April 30 at 2 p.m. The webinar is offered… Full Story »
  • United Fresh announces nominations for board

    Apr 11, 2014

    A slate of new officers and directors of the United Fresh Produce Association is scheduled to begin serving effective at the organization’s board of directors meeting April 22. The new chairman will be Ron Carkoski, president and CEO of Four Seasons Family of Companies. The… Full Story »
  • Full 2012 Census of Agriculture to be released May 2

    Apr 9, 2014

    USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2, at noon ET. The complete data series will be available in multiple formats, including Quick Stats 2.0 – an online database to retrieve customized tables with… Full Story »
  • Federal judge rejects farmer’s claim that migrant workers are independent contractors

    Apr 8, 2014

    A federal judge ordered a Copemish farmer to stop classifying migrant workers as independent contractors as a way to avoid paying minimum wage. U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist also ordered Daryl Howes Farms to comply with record-keeping requirements and housing standards required under federal law,… Full Story »
  • Michigan asparagus crop could be delayed

    Apr 8, 2014

    A long, cold winter won’t cripple Oceana County’s signature crop of asparagus. The only possible downside is that the crisp spears may be harvested slightly later than its usual first harvest of May 10. mLive Click here to read more.
  • GOP lawmakers push EPA to ax proposed water rule

    Apr 7, 2014

    More than a dozen Republican lawmakers are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider asserting regulatory authority over streams and wetlands amid intense backlash from farm groups over the agency's proposed water rule. Fox News To read more, click here.
  • United marketing conference will focus on branding

    Mar 26, 2014

    Legendary brand strategist Al Ries will keynote this year’s United Fresh Retail Produce Marketing & Merchandising Conference, June 12-13, immediately following United Fresh 2014 in Chicago. “Whether Marketing 101 is the only marketing course you’ve ever taken, or you have your MBA in marketing from… Full Story »
  • New labels restrict use of select neonicotinoids in vegetables

    Mar 25, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring labels of select neonicotinoid insecticides to include new restrictions to protect honey bees and other pollinators. Specifically, all insecticides which can be applied as outdoor foliar sprays and contain the active ingredients chlothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid or thiamethoxam will contain warning icons and… Full Story »

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