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Public meetings on FSMA safety programs set for June

The FDA will host three one-day public meetings, entitled “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Focus on Strategic Implementation of Prevention-Oriented Import Safety Programs.” The public meetings will be held in different regions throughout t... more


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Online guide outlines Michigan beekeeping regulations

Do you keep bees in Michigan? Are you thinking about beekeeping or selling honey? Michigan State University Extension has developed a new resource that outlines the rules and regulations surrounding honey bees in Michigan. Before keeping bees in ... more


Rutgers schedules FSMA training in preventive controls

The Rutgers Food Innovation Center (FIC) has scheduled training in Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) at the Kearny Point Industrial Park on June 8-10. The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction over two and a half days. Particip... more


Another lawsuit assails UC’s strawberry breeding program

California Berry Cultivars (CBC) filed a lawsuit May 2 against the Regents of the University of California (UC). The filing came “after more than three years of unsuccessful discussions and negotiations revolving around the systematic demise of the... more


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UGA partners with Italian university for sustainable ag program

The University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is partnering with the University of Padova in Italy for a dual master's degree program in sustainable agriculture. On May 3, administrators and faculty from the Un... more


Digi unveils wireless temperature tracking

Digi International has introduced Digi Honeycomb, a service that continuously and wirelessly monitors the temperature of perishable goods. The monitoring system provides alerts and warnings of equipment irregularities and temperature analytics. ... more


Clayton named IFIC president, CEO

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) has named Joseph Clayton president and CEO, effective July 11. Clayton also will serve as CEO of the IFIC Foundation. [caption id="attachment_8637" align="alignright" width="230"] Joseph Clayton. P... more


WMGG expands goals with strategic planning

The West Michigan Growers Group (WMGG) was started by Rachelle Bostwick of Earthkeeper Farm in order to create relationships amongst the region’s small, sustainable farms. Bostwick decided to start the WMGG after returning home to west Michigan to ... more


Use pH meter when checking soil acidity

Decreasing soil pH, also called soil acidification, is a growing concern in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Researchers and farmers have found soil pH values below 5.0 (more acidic) throughout the Palouse region. Acid soil can reduce the acces... more


Project receives $2.3 million grant to combat downy mildew

USDA has awarded Michigan State University (MSU) researchers and collaborators at six other universities across the country a four-year, $2.3 million grant to develop management plans for downy mildew. After nearly 120 years as a relatively rare, ... more



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