Syngenta to sell its seed business

Syngenta announced actions to accelerate shareholder value creation through unlocking the considerable inherent worth in its global seeds portfolio. As stated in the company’s full and half-year results, this will be achieved in a number of ways... more

DuPont Zorvec receives registration approval from EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted registration approval for a new DuPont disease control active ingredient, oxathiapiprolin, which DuPont Crop Protection will market under the trademark Zorvec. DuPont Zorvec is the fir... more

Past, present, future of U.S.-Cuba trade relationship

Since December 2014, when the United States and Cuba announced the intention to restore diplomatic ties for the first time in more than half a century, the U.S. has taken steps to ease restrictions on trade, remittances, and travel to Cuba. The actio... more

Replenishing California groundwater may be done by flooding farm fields in rainy years

As farmers pump groundwater to keep their crops alive during the California drought, many of the state's aquifers are being drained rapidly. UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)researchers are working on a new approach to replenish these cr... more

Growing wine grapes in the northern U.S.

In Michigan, weather changes on a dime. Last week it was cold and wet, while this week brought 80˚ F days and nothing but sunshine. Many states in the northern part of the country experience the same extremes, but thanks to breeding efforts, wine... more

Gamarra joins PMA as global business development manager

Natalia Gamarra joined Produce Marketing Association (PMA) on Aug. 3 as the new global business development manager. Gamarra holds eight years of international business experience and possesses proficiency in languages including English, Spanish... more

Obituary: Marvin Sundquist

Marvin Sundquist was a wonderful man who loved God, family, his community, the Valley and nature. He had a big heart for education, music and the arts and the field of agriculture. Marvin was a lifelong learner and was always ready to share his... more

Berks County township quarantined following spotted lanternfly discovery

Another Berks County township (Pennsylvania) is quarantined in the fight to stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive insect new to the United States that was first found in the area last fall. The additional quarantine covers Cole... more

Payment card change shifts fraud liability onto merchants

There’s a change coming Oct. 1 that will affect merchants who accept credit card payments – including farm markets and agritourism operations. The coming deadline marks a shift by the U.S. payment-card industry to EMV (Europay, MasterCard an... more

Final preventive controls rule of FSMA sent to Federal Register

In compliance with a court deadline, the FDA has submitted the final preventive controls rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act to the Federal Register for publication. Although the rules have been submitted, no details have yet been releas... more

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