Produce procurement partnership set with grocers, United Fresh

The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket and the United Fresh Produce Association have partnered to connect produce distributors to retailers. “The entire food industry has come together incredibly during the... more »

Consumers turn to vegetables during COVID-19

The numbers are starting to come in and – at least on the grocery side of the business – the produce industry has been able to respond to consumer needs during this period of economic... more »

Ag relief measures cheered by farm market group

After an all-night negotiation, the Senate on March 25 passed a $2 trillion stimulus package; the third COVID-19 stimulus package to date. The bill includes $9.5 billion to support “agricultural producers impacted by a coronavirus,... more »

North Carolina State Extension agent shares farmers’ market tips

Last week was a blur amid all the news about coronavirus and its impacts on our communities, both locally and nationally. Every day brought new information and new policies. I spent the week canceling large... more »

Washington State University program helps farmers grow their operations

How does a small farm in Clallam, Jefferson, or Kitsap County plan to finance and expand its business into a regional market? What can farmers do to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions from their... more »

Inspections set under suspension agreement on fresh tomatoes from Mexico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on March 18 issued a reminder that the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will begin inspections of tomatoes coming into the United States from Mexico at border locations on... more »

COVID-19 food safety work addressed by USDA

Top USDA officials March 16 spoke on food safety issues related to the new coronavirus. COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019, as of March 16 had been linked to 6,606 deaths by the Worldwide... more »

Eating more strawberries may reduce Alzheimer’s dementia risk

Older adults may reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s dementia by increasing their intake of strawberries, as determined by researchers at Rush University. Puja Agarwal and her team analyzed data collected for the Rush Memory and Aging... more »

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