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New Jersey ag secretary visits Specca Farms strawberry operation

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher on May 16 visited Specca Farms in Springfield Township in Burlington County to highlight the Jersey Fresh strawberry picking season. “Strawberries are one of the first fruits... more »

USDA launches PACA license search system

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently released ePACA, a tool to facilitate the marketing of produce and improve Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) services. This new system includes PACA Search, an online function providing access... more »

Q1 2019 Fresh Facts on Retail report released by United Fresh

Fresh produce continues to lead all perimeter departments in growth, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s Q1 2019 edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report. “Health resolutions coupled with key holiday moments made Q1... more »

US asparagus growers concerned as import competition grows

Asparagus cutters bend deep over their work in the early morning light. Colorful plastic bins stack like giant legos amid the scrubby fields north of Pasco, Washington. Growers in Washington, California and Michigan raise the... more »

Vegetable businesses participate in Taiwan trade mission

Representatives from 49 U.S. agribusinesses and farm organizations joined Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator Ken Isley on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) first-ever trade mission to Taipei, Taiwan, April 22-25. “Taiwan and the United... more »

Basics of building an on-farm market

Last month we looked at some things to consider before building your on-farm market or roadside stand. This time, we’ll assume you’ve done your SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis and looked at the zoning... more »

Knouse Fruitlands is Pennsylvania Grower of the Year

At an old round barn not far from one the nation’s biggest historical sites, Brian Knouse balances the past with the future of the family farm. “I think this farm was one of the first... more »

Application period set by USDA for Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made available $23 million in competitive grant funding to support the development and expansion of local and regional food markets, enterprises and producer-to-consumer marketing. The Farmers Market and... more »


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