Crop Protection

BEI demise spurs race to fill blueberry harvester void

When BEI International, a South Haven, Michigan, agriculture equipment supplier, went defunct last April, it left several growers throughout the country without their promised harvesting equipment and parts, and with little hope of recouping their... more »

USDA releases 2013 pesticide data summary

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2013 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The PDP summary confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on the foods tested are at levels below the tolerances established... more »

Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with public health officials in several states and with FDA to investigate an outbreak of listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis).According to a news release, joint investigation efforts... more »

China lifts ban on U.S. Red, Golden Delicious

In October, China reopened its borders to Red and Golden Delicious apples from Washington state, lifting a ban that had been in place for more than two years, according to the Washington Apple Commission (WAC).... more »

USDA provides funds for Midwest honeybee habitat

USDA is awarding more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honeybees."The future of America's food supply depends on honey bees, and... more »

What does moth find mean for apple industry?

On Oct. 8, a USDA entomologist confirmed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at the Lewiston Bridge border crossing near Buffalo, New York, intercepted an invasive insect, Phaecasiophora fernaldana Walsingham, a moth... more »

New apple-eating moth found in shipment

A moth not known to exist in the Western Hemisphere has been found in a shipment of hardware being trucked into the United States from Canada.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the moth was... more »

FDA releases supplemental proposed rules for FSMA

On Sept. 19, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the supplemental proposed rules on produce safety, preventive controls for human food, foreign supplier verification programs and preventive controls for animal feed under... more »


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