Leafy Greens

Organic growth drives evolution of fourth-generation farm

Arnott Duncan is a fourth-generation Arizona vegetable grower who left his family’s farm in 1985 and began growing a few hundred acres of conventionally grown row crops. “It seemed as though the general mix of... more »

LED treatments enhance lettuce phtyochemicals

Researchers in China and United Kingdom studied the effects of LED light combinations on lettuce grown in hydroponic systems to determine whether the treatments could reduce nitrate accumulation, and to find out what effect the... more »

Vegetable surfaces contribute to foodborne illness

Foodborne illness outbreaks do more than make us sick. Not only can the U.S. economy suffer as a result of reduced worker productivity, particular sectors of the farming industry can experience negative consumer perception, potentially... more »

LGMA advisory board undergoes several changes

This summer the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA) vice chairman and founding member Victor Tognazzini told the organization he was going to retire in Montana. He was expected to take over for current Chairman Ron Ratto in two years; but he didn’t want... more »

LGMA launches hand washing app

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement has launched an app, available on iTunes for iPhone and iPad, designed to help train field workers on how to properly wash their hands while on the job. “Handwashing... more »

Robotics drive crop, harvest mechanization

In recent years, there has been an increase in the agriculture industry's level of interest in the development and deployment of driverless tractors, aerial surveying of farmlands, data collection, field management and other technology-based systems.The... more »

Arizona Leafy Greens’ Food Safety Training Program now available online

Just in time for the Southwest's planting and harvest crew trainings, the Arizona Food Safety Committee (Arizona LGMA) has made all of its training materials available for purchase on the organization's website.“We began a process... more »

New wash for sanitizing fresh produce

An Agricultural Research Service scientist in Pennsylvania has developed a sanitizing wash formulated with natural compounds that could reduce the number of foodborne illnesses caused each year by Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Listeria on fresh-cut... more »

OMRI certification of the organic biopesticide Mycotrol O expires

Mycotrol O is a biopesticide with the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana as the active ingredient. Beauveria bassiana is pathogenic to a wide range of arthropod pests and I have used both Mycotrol O and the... more »

National Kale Day scheduled for October 7

This year will mark the third annual National Kale Day on Oct. 7.In recent years, kale's popularity has grown in both supermarkets and on restaurant menus. In fact, Whole Foods Market now buys and sells... more »

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National Council of Agricultural Employers column: A show of hands outlines US farm labor trends

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