Leafy Greens

Leafy greens group responds to report identifying foodborne illness source

California leafy greens growers are pledging to incorporate findings from a report issued today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into its ongoing process to strengthen required food safety practices on farms. Leafy greens... more »

Study targets disease resistance in lettuce, boosting cultivar production

Lettuce is one of the top 10 vegetables cultivated in the United States and for good reason. Romaine, iceberg, leaf and butterhead types of lettuce are staples in refrigerators around the world. Used as a... more »

LGMA, Western Growers to offer remote food safety audits

Mandatory government food safety audits of leafy greens farms under the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement are continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Announced May 18 by Western Growers (WG) and the California Leafy Greens Marketing... more »

Misionero first processing-only facility to be EFI certified

After two years of preparation, Gonzales, California-based Missionero, a grower of organic leafy greens, announced its Gonzales facility received Equitable Food Initiative certification. According to a news release, this makes the Gonzales facility the first processing-only... more »

Researchers identify romaine lettuces that last longer

Agricultural Research Service scientists have identified five romaine lettuce varieties that both brown less quickly after fresh-cut processing and are slower to deteriorate postharvest. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists also are determining the genetic basis... more »

Crawford joins California and Arizona LGMA Food Safety Programs

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement has appointed Willette Crawford to serve as compliance officer, effective immediately. Crawford will also serve as compliance officer for the Arizona LGMA Program.  She succeeds Jonathan Field who is... more »

Leafy greens process to strengthen food safety rules

Although leafy greens farmers are facing new challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic, efforts to strengthen required food safety practices are still moving forward with numerous actions taking place this month.  “California’s leafy greens farmers... more »

Improving lettuce cultivars against bacterial leaf spot part of new grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on April 24 announced $9.5 million awarded to 11 collaborative, multi-state projects to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops. The funding is made possible through the Specialty Crop Multi-State... more »


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