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US Agriculture Secretary Perdue disputes UGA trade deal study

United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has written the following op-ed to voice displeasure with a recent University of Georgia study that found the the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement would cost some Georgia vegetable... more »

Charlie’s Produce acquires Better Life Organics of Los Angeles

Seattle, Washington-based Charlie’s Produce, an employee owned independent produce company serving the west coast since 1978, has acquired Better Life Organics (BLO), a Los Angeles based distributor of organic produce and food products. [caption id="" align="alignleft"... more »

Washington state measure addresses increased H-2A foreign labor use           

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on May 22 signed legislation that will allow the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD) to ensure foreign workers under the federal H-2A program have the support they need on the job... more »

Effects of extreme heat on blueberry pollination

During the 2018 growing season, Michigan experienced an unprecedented heat-wave on Memorial Day weekend, in late May (Figure 1). Weather stations in west Michigan reported hours-long conditions above 90 degrees Fahrenheit over that weekend. Additionally,... more »

Western Growers: Latest USDA trade mitigation plan ‘insufficient’

In response to the release of the Trump administration’s latest trade assistance package, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement: “We appreciate the efforts of... more »

Using artificial intelligence to estimate tree fruit yields

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) of Idaho researchers are working on a project that seeks to use artificial intelligence to more quickly and accurately make early season fruit yield estimates. NNU Professor Duke Bulanon last year... more »

Rainier Fruit promotes top performers Belknap and Markley

Rainier Fruit recently promoted two of its own, naming Blake Belknap as vice president of sales and Blaine Markley as director of domestic sales. Rainier Fruit is a multi-generation, vertically integrated fruit company based in... more »

Season finale Thursday for TV series featuring Alaska growers

Eight-part docuseries The American Farm concludes its first season with a finale 10 p.m. Thursday, May 23. The History Channel's series follows growers at family farms across the country. It comes from the creators of... more »


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