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2016 apple crop will be bigger than last year

The U.S. Apple Association has announced its estimate of the size of the 2016 U.S. apple crop: 246 million bushels. The estimate was given during USApple’s annual Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, held Aug. 25-26 in Chicago. The 2016... more


Vestaron, Capua Bioservices sign manufacturing agreement

Vestaron Corporation, a developer of novel, naturally occurring peptides with anti-insect properties, has signed a multi-year manufacturing agreement with Capua Bioservices for production of its Spear family of products. Spear products are develop... more


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CCGA forecasts 2016 cranberry crop

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) recently announced its 2016 cranberry crop forecast during the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association’s 129th annual meeting at Plympton’s Upland Club. Over 400 attendees were present, ... more


Ontario berry grower assocations consider merger

Ontario’s two berry grower organizations are proposing a merger to create one new organization. Ontario Berry Growers’ Association (OBGA) and the Ontario Highbush Blueberry Growers’ Association have received agreement from the Ontario Farm Prod... more


The inaugural BrandStorm was held in 2015. Photo: United Fresh

United Fresh BrandStorm to feature visit to Clif Bar headquarters

The United Fresh Produce Association’s second annual BrandStorm marketing event will take place Nov. 14-16, 2016 in San Francisco, California at the Hilton Financial District San Francisco. Following the educational event, BrandStorm attendees will... more


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Traveling bees have more stress, shorter lives

Research from North Carolina State University, published in Scientific Reports, shows that travel can adversely affect bee health and lifespans. Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are frequently trucked around the United States to pollinate crops like ap... more


BioConsortia R&D team. Photo: BioConsortia

BioConsortia adds scientists to Science Advisory Board

BioConsortia Inc. added three experts to its Scientific Advisory Board. All three are renowned leaders in their respective fields of research and each brings experience and knowledge to different aspects of BioConsortia’s AMS (Advanced Microbial Se... more


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Blueberry industry to continue research, promotion order

Highbush blueberry producers and importers have voted to continue the Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order. In a referendum held from July 5 to July 28, 74 percent of the producers and importers voting, and 80 percent of the product... more


Michigan Tree Fruit Commission establishes mini-grants

Mini-grants are a new effort by the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission (MTFC) to ensure a fast response to pressing issues facing the tree fruit industry. Adopted by the MTFC board on Aug. 17, the mini-grant program provides resources to Michigan State U... more


FDA extends compliance dates, issues guidance for FSMA

FDA has extended some of the compliance deadlines for parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and has issued draft guidance for a key portion of the law, the Produce Safety Rule. The changes affect compliance dates for parts of the curre... more



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