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Produce Traceability Initiative makes progress in industry

Two E. coli outbreaks involving romaine lettuce last year has tracking and traceability at the forefront of the produce industry once again. While there is nothing good about E. coli contamination, the instances do prompt examination of where traceab... more


Enza Zaden field days create connections between researchers and growers

{Sponsored} Enza Zaden is launching new varieties in two field days, one in Florida and the other in San Juan Bautista, California. The Florida field day, which occurred on May 14, focused on watermelon, tomatoes, peppers and squash. Growers saw so... more


7 questions with plant pathologist Chaks Mattupalli

Chakradhar “Chaks” Mattupalli’s experience in agricultural financing in India put him on a very different career path: plant pathology. In dealing with growers on a daily basis, Mattupalli was inspired by their stories of dealing plant diseases... more


Greenhouses, farm markets a new career for Michigan man

The hard work of having a greenhouse may not appeal to most people, but it was a new beginning for Jim and Cathy Tomlin of End Of The Lane Plants and Produce of Deford, Michigan. “I grew up in Detroit and farming was new to me,” Jim said. “I... more


Timothy Weiser honored as top veggie grower in Pennslyvania

His family farm grew fruit, but in the 1970s Timothy Weiser saw an opportunity in vegetables. “We were in the fruit business, cherry business and plum business – several hundred acres of fruit,” said Weiser. The farm is based at York Springs... more


Five steps to better yields in tomato, pepper and melon crops

(Sponsored) Growing row crops like tomato, pepper and cucurbits is a difficult job, with yield strongly affected by growing conditions. Nutrition has the potential to increase yield, but get it wrong and yield and quality can be reduced. Here Dav... more


On-farm review a low-pressure FSMA approach

Small growers stressing out over pending formal inspections may benefit from some practice. On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs) offer something of a dry run or practice test for such growers. The program has been implemented nationwide, and is a ... more



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