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  • Gibraltar Industries acquires Ohio-based manufacturer of greenhouse structures

    Jul 2, 2015

    For over 80 years Rough Brothers (RBI) has serviced the greenhouse industry with a philosophy of providing the highest level of service and highest quality products. According to the company, this philosophy has helped grow and expand its design, engineering, manufacturing, distribution, and installation services.… Full Story »
  • Stenzel, Gombas, Guenther appointed to USDA advisory committees

    Jul 2, 2015

    United Fresh’s President and CEO, Tom Stenzel, along with Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Technology, Dave Gombas, and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Robert Guenther, have been appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to serve on federal agriculture… Full Story »
  • Computer glitches fixed; farm workers arrive from Mexico

    Jul 1, 2015

    A few weeks ago, we reported on a labor crisis that was crippling agriculture in Washington state. According to previous reports, H-2A workers were stranded at the American-Mexican border due to computer glitches. It appears that all issues have been resolved and the farm workers… Full Story »
  • Growers: watch for retailer fees for delivery of bad produce

    Jul 1, 2015

    Shipper members of Western Growers have recently been informed by a retailer of proposed fees that will be assessed for delivering “poor quality” produce, according to the organization. The tiered fees assessed could require suppliers to pay hefty fines. In this case, fines of $500,… Full Story »
  • Scouting insects in high tunnels

    Jun 30, 2015

    We just returned from the University of Vermont where we, along with researchers from the University of Maine, participated in an intensive training program on scouting and identifying insects in high tunnels. Our training was hosted by Dr. Margaret Skinner and Cheryl Sullivan, Entomologists at… Full Story »
  • Using proper herbicide formulations to prevent damage

    Jun 30, 2015

    In many cases, the grower themselves did not apply herbicides that caused damage to their crops; a neighboring farmer did. It is important to remember that you are responsible for drift, and legal measures can be taken if you are careless with your herbicide application.… Full Story »
  • Managing bacterial spot in tomato

    Jun 30, 2015

    Bacterial spot is becoming an increasingly devastating disease of tomato in the mid-Atlantic region. Not only can the pathogen directly damage the fruit, severe foliar infection can lead to defoliation reducing both the quality and quantity of marketable fruit. This may be due in part… Full Story »
  • WOTUS rule effective date set for Aug. 28

    Jun 30, 2015

    On Monday June 29, 2015, the EPA published the final Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, in the federal register setting the effective date for Aug. 28, 2015. According to the text of the rule, the rule is meant… Full Story »
  • Sakata Seed America earns GSPP accreditation

    Jun 29, 2015

    Sakata Seed America announced their GSPP certification, as of May 2015. GSPP, or ‘Good Seed and Plant Practices’ accreditation, is an accreditation system based on a process approach (prophylactic measures) to prevent seed and plant transmitted pathogens in tomato seed. GSPP seed provides added benefit… Full Story »
  • Vestaron receives California registration

    Jun 24, 2015

    Vestaron Corporation announced that its VST-006330-EP biopesticide has received a product registration and master label from California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation. This follows last year’s registration with EPA and subsequent label expansion last month. VST-006330-EP will be commercialized under the SPEAR trade name later this year. This product… Full Story »

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