Organic research and training center coming to California’s Ventura County

The Rodale Institute will establish a new organic research and training center at a Camarillo, California farm. The project is being funded by Ventura Seed Company, a hemp seed propagation and cultivation company with growers throughout the US. Ve... more

Walmart supports responsible labor at Mexican produce farms

The Walmart Foundation recently gave the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI)  a $1.2 million grant to advance responsible labor practices through workforce development programs on fresh produce farms in Mexico, according to a press release. EFI is a... more

Grower summit educates on organic farming in the FSMA era

The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in December will include an educational session diving into the changing landscape of food safety on organic farms, and compliance with the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule. OGS 2019 will... more

Fruit commodity groups get millions for trade promotion

The USDA recently awarded no less than to $100 million for trade promotion meant to help U.S. agricultural interests including fruit commodity groups identify and access new export markets. The effort is one part of an effort to support growers hu... more

US trade official to headline USApple’s outlook conference

USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will speak at the U.S. Apple Association’s annual conference next month in Chicago. The Crop Outlook & Marketing Conference, Aug. 22-23, is the premier event to pr... more

USDA’s fruit, vegetable advisory group meets in August

[caption id="attachment_10059" align="alignright" width="400"] USDA logo[/caption] The USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee will meet in Arlington, Virginia next month to discuss agricultural labor, production, food safety, and tra... more

Alaska Berries growers make most of USDA programs

 The USDA-produced series #FridaysOnTheFarm last week featured an Alaskan farm growing berries: This week meet Brian and Laurie Olson, owners of Alaska Berries on the Alaskan Kenai Peninsula. Their desire to grow fruits and berries and creat... more

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