Sprouts named Pear Retailer of the Year

On the show floor of the 2016 PMA Fresh Summit, USA Pears presented Sprouts Farmers Markets Produce Warehouse with the 2016 Pear Retailer of the Year award for their pear category improvements in merchandising performance and sales increase. “On... more


California growers find new technique for controlling spray drift

Controlling pesticide spray drift has been an important topic in California given the potential human health impacts and new practical solutions are always in demand. Orchard growers have a new practice that can reduce spray drift from their orcha... more


Timorex Gold biofungicide now registered in 30 states

The biofungicide Timorex Gold, developed by Stockton, is now registered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The product holds 30 registrations throughout the United States. Timorex Gold is now registered in ... more

Michigan recipients of USDA specialty crop grants named

Michigan recipients of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program have been named by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “Each of these projects will help enhance of the growth of Michigan’s food and agricult... more

Renewed registration issued for products containing sulfoxaflor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re-established the registration of products containing sulfoxaflor (Isoclast Active), including Transform WG, Closer SC and Sequoia insecticides. “U.S. growers have used Isoclast for four full years... more

Ag Secretary reappoints four members to FCIC board

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reappointed four members to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) board of directors. James Bardenhagen, John F. Finston, Iris V. Sáenz and Kenneth Ray Sneed, who joined the board in 2013, will each serv... more

MSU Farmer Field School hosting farm management workshops

Michigan State University's Farmer Field School will host farm management workshops in November and December. The one-day hands-on workshops present information built upon the work of the MSU Organic Farmer Training Program. The Scaling Up (or May... more

Apple insect pests targeted by farmer-driven research in northern New York

As the 2016 apple harvest nears completion, researchers with funding from the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program are eager to see if growers have been able to reap a second year of benefits from application of a precisio... more

New PMA award honors CEO Bryan Silbermann

To honor retiring Produce Marketing Association (PMA) CEO Bryan Silbermann, a new award honoring his collaborative leadership style is being established. The new award was announced by PMA President Cathy Burns at PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention &... more

Train-the-Trainer courses being offered by Produce Safety Alliance

Train-the-Trainer courses by the Produce Safety Alliance are well underway for 2016, with courses in 2017 already scheduled. PSA's Train-the-Trainer courses are for produce safety educators and others who work with fruit and vegetable growers who ... more

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