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  • 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… 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 »
  • Fruit, vegetable advisory group to meet

    Sep 8, 2014

    USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee will meet Sept. 29-30 in Arlington, Virginia. The meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 30. “With over $40 billion in sales, the fruit… Full Story »
  • Obituary: Byron Carpenter

    Sep 2, 2014

    Byron Eugene “Murphy” Carpenter of Grand Haven, Michigan, a long-time supporter of the state’s vegetable industry, died Aug. 28. He was 93. Carpenter served as executive secretary of the Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC) from 1992 to 1998. He was also a member of the council’s… Full Story »
  • Canada has MRLs for Belt insecticide

    Aug 28, 2014

    Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for flubendiamide, the active ingredient in Bayer CropScience’s Belt insecticide, have been established in Canada, effective immediately. According to a news release, with this MRL in place, Canada joins the list of major markets with established import tolerances for Belt, including… Full Story »
  • Ohio’s Ackerman, industry booster, dies

    Aug 27, 2014

    George F. Ackerman, 83, of Oregon, Ohio died Aug. 23 at his home. Mr. Ackerman farmed with his two brothers until 1958. From that point on, he custom sprayed vegetable crops for local farmers and operated the George F. Ackerman Co. that sold and serviced… Full Story »

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