USDA launches first local foods survey

The USDA has begun conducting the 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting this first-time survey to produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the United States. The... more »

IFCO appoints Kelly, Martinez to key roles

IFCO announced the appointment of Fortunato Martinez and Craig Kelly to its North American business unit. Martinez will serve as vice president of commodity management. Kelly will serve as vice president of grower sales. Martinez... more »

Illinois Horticulture Field Day set for June 9

Raoul and Jodie Bergersen, owners of Valley Orchard in Cherry Valley, Illinois, will welcome the 2016 Horticulture Field Day on Thursday, June 9. The field day provides the opportunity to learn about Valley Orchard’s farm operations. The 35-acre... more »

FreshTech Achievement Award open for nominations

The United Fresh Produce Association is now taking nominations for its first FreshTech Achievement Award, to be presented to a company or individual in recognition of outstanding technical achievement to advance the fresh produce industry. “The United... more »

Harris Seeds names Wasnock new CEO

Harris Seeds announced that its board of directors has unanimously elected Ken Wasnock as chief executive officer effective April 4. Wasnock will also become a member of the board. Wasnock succeeds current President Dick Chamberlin, who... more »

Lawmakers call for review of Syngenta, ChemChina deal

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, has led a bipartisan letter co-signed by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) – members of the... more »

Kevin Brown to headline United Fresh 2016

Kevin Brown, president and CEO of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), will be the keynote speaker at the United Fresh 2016 Breakfast General Session on Wednesday, June 22 at McCormick Place in Chicago. ... more »

GreenFruit Avocados announces merger with FrutiVal

GreenFruit Avocados announced its merger with Mexican grower and packing house FrutiVal. The merger between GreenFruit and FrutiVal will position the company to create direct programs from Mexico to the U.S. and other overseas markets year-round,... more »

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