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USDA destroying flowers to eradicate Ralstonia bacteria

Federal officials are working with greenhouses in 39 states to destroy infected pink geraniums and prevent an invasive bacterium from infecting vegetable crops. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently confirmed a Ralstonia... more »

Farm to Family program expanded by California Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced April 29 new initiatives to help Californians put healthy food on the table while also supporting the farm industry, which has been devastated by COVID-19. California... more »

Strawberry consumption improves heart health in teenaged males

The 2019 Berry Health Benefits Symposium resulted in a collection of papers recently published in the journal Food & Function. Among the papers was “Effects of short-term consumption of strawberry powder on select parameters of... more »

Hard freeze on Colorado’s Western Slope target for disaster declaration

Gov. Jared Polis and Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg requested on April 24 a USDA Secretarial Disaster Declaration for Colorado’s Western Slope counties impacted by a late-season hard freeze event that occurred on April 13,... more »

‘In Bloom’ event scheduled in Texas to share pandemic support

The Texas International Produce Association "In Bloom" Women’s Committee is hosting a virtual experience on May 6, 2020 at 4 p.m. CST to offer stories and shared support for surviving and finding ways to thrive in... more »

Western Growers back plan to eliminate specialty crop payment limits

In response to a bi-partisan congressional call to eliminate payment limits for specialty crop, livestock and dairy producers before the final Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) details are announced, Western Growers President & CEO Dave... more »

California LGMA CEO to retire, search for a new CEO begins

After 13 years as the chief executive officer of the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement, Scott Horsfall is announcing his plans to retire. The California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA) represents... more »

With some guidelines, Colorado to ramp up farmers’ markets

Along with greening grass and warming temperatures, spring also signals the start of farmers’ markets across Colorado. Farmers’ markets are considered essential businesses by the state and will open to serve Coloradans looking to purchase... more »


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