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Colorado Fruit & Vegetable group holds annual conference

Some 300 growers, allied industry companies and other produce enthusiasts heard from speakers, attended educational workshops, visited with 48 exhibitors and networked with fellow growers and potential buyers Feb. 25-26 at the Colorado Fruit &... more »

Driscoll’s alleges ‘patent infringement’ by California Berry Cultivars

Fresh berry packing/shipping giant Driscoll’s has filed a legal complaint alleging patent infringement and “conversion of Driscoll’s proprietary strawberry varieties.” California Berry Cultivars and a co-founder of the strawberry breeding company, Douglas Shaw, are subjects of... more »

Ag Technology Summit to include PMA’s Whitaker on food safety

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Chief Science and Technology Officer, Bob Whitaker, Ph.D. will present the morning keynote at the Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit at Hartnell College in Salinas, California, on March 27. Whitaker’s keynote... more »

California falls short in evaluating use of pesticides, study says

Since the 1940s, the responsibility for managing California farmers' use of agricultural pesticides, and the substantial health risks they pose, has been shared by state and county regulators. The state's Department of Pesticide Regulation registers... more »

NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute might develop chile peppers for NASA

New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute may soon be exploring new heights. The Chile Pepper Institute, located within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, has recently been contacted by the National Aeronautics... more »

Biodegradable mulch lessens labor pressure

Plastic mulch helps control weeds, conserve moisture and speed soil warmup – to name a few advantages – but biodegradable plastic mulch offers that and potentially even more. “Plastic mulch is a very common tool... more »

Colorado tech award goes to water accounting, harvest systems

SWIIM, a water accounting system with its on-farm grower dashboard, was the judge's top pick at the Second Annual Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association's (CFVGA) Tech Pitch. The competition, which featured four of the... more »

Romaine Task Force issues labeling advisory update

The California Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA) has shared an update from the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California: A work group within the Romaine Task Force has updated the voluntary packaging labeling guidance for romaine lettuce.... more »


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