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  • Members named to watermelon board

    Oct 16, 2014

    USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed 13 members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. All of the appointees’ terms will begin Jan. 1, 2015, and end Dec. 31, 2017. New members include: Katelyn Kelly Miller of Punta Gorda, Fla.; Matthew Singletary of Alva,… Full Story »
  • United Fresh announces series of staff promotions

    Oct 8, 2014

    The United Fresh Produce Association has made several staff promotions. Victoria Backer is promoted to executive vice president of the association, with a mandate to lead the association in all aspects of organizational development, management and operations. Backer will have several key areas of responsibility,… Full Story »
  • Judge won’t toss strawberry suit against UC Davis

    Oct 8, 2014

    Lawyers for the University of California were unable Thursday to derail a lawsuit accusing UC Davis of scuttling a lucrative, decades-old agreement to breed new varieties of fruit for California’s strawberry growers. The ruling by Alameda Superior Court Judge George Hernandez Jr. means the lawsuit… Full Story »
  • USDA invests millions in specialty crop grants

    Oct 3, 2014

    USDA has announced that nearly $118 million in grants are now available to strengthen markets for specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. The grants were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill as part of an effort to enhance the… Full Story »
  • Scholarships available for college students

    Sep 25, 2014

    Deadlines are approaching for undergraduate or graduate students who wish to be  candidates for a Vegetable Industry Scholarship or a Jordan Tatter Scholarship. Both of these scholarships are intended for students who are preparing for a career connected to the fruit and vegetable industries, preferably… Full Story »
  • United chooses board to lead new foundation

    Sep 23, 2014

    The United Fresh Produce Association has unveiled the board of trustees to lead the new United Fresh Start Foundation. The members were appointed by the United Fresh Board of Directors at their September 11 meeting in Washington, D.C.  The mission of the new foundation, focused on… Full Story »
  • Tomato growers lose ‘takings’ lawsuit against FDA

    Sep 22, 2014

    A federal judge has ruled against tomato “growers, packers and shippers” in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The groups had sought federal reimbursement for damages after the FDA mistakenly named certain tomatoes as the likely cause of a 2008 Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that was later… Full Story »
  • FDA releases supplemental proposed rules for FSMA

    Sep 19, 2014

    On Sept. 19, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the supplemental proposed rules on produce safety, preventive controls for human food, foreign supplier verification programs and preventive controls for animal feed under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Based on FDA’s outreach efforts and public comments, the FDA… Full Story »
  • EPA approves registration of Nimitz nematicide

    Sep 12, 2014

    Nimitz, a non-fumigant nematicide produced by Adama, has received federal registration from EPA. According to a company news release, the active ingredient in Nimitz has a mode of action that categorizes the product within a new chemical classification. The United States is the first country to… Full Story »
  • Some business groups unhappy about Obama’s immigration delay

    Sep 9, 2014

    The White House said over the weekend that President Obama would delay any executive orders on immigration reform until after the November midterm elections, stoking frustration and ire from many immigration advocates who had hoped for immediate action to bypass congressional deadlock. But business groups, some of… Full Story »

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