Strawberry picking challenge raises $90K for migrant charity

The Strawberry Picking Challenge held Feb. 8-9 in Plant City, Florida, raised more than $90,000 for charity. The annual charity event, presented by Monte Package Company, raises funds that benefit the children of the Redlands Christian Migrant Ass... more

Black Star Farms names new managing owner

More than just wine is making a mark at Black Star Farms. John Schoelles, having joined the company in late 2017, has moved into the position of Controller, managing finances and information technology. Sherri Campbell Fenton, having joined the... more

Treatment introduced to target spotted lanternfly

Arborjet Inc., a tree and plant health care company, said it has developed a "proven and effective treatment solution to help mitigate the spotted lanternfly." According to the USDA, this invasive pest  "could be the most destructive species in 15... more

Valley Irrigation, Prospera Technologies secure global deal

Omaha, Nebraska-based Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and irrigation equipment for agriculture and the parent company of Valley Irrigation, and Prospera Technolog... more

Marrone Bio names Moye as Southeastern US territory sales manager

Marrone Bio Innovations  (MBI) (NASDAQ: MBII), a leading global provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products, said Zack Moye has joined as Southeastern U.S.territory sales manager. In the Southeastern U.S., agricultural producti... more

Polar vortex credited with killing large amount of stink bugs

An observational exercise conducted by Virginia Tech University field researchers estimates that the Polar Vortex may have killed 95 percent of the stink bugs that hadn’t found shelter to stay warm this winter. However, not all commo... more

USDA restricts PACA violators in California, New York

The USDA recently sanctioned four produce businesses for failure to pay awards previously ordered under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), according to a news release. PACA handles disputes involving produce transactions. The disp... more

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