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Illinois cider contest planned as part of annual conference

Illinois apple cider makers will again get a chance to see who makes the best cider in the state. After a successful run last January, the 29th Annual Cider Contest and the 16th Annual Hard Cider Contest will again be hosted at the Illinois Specialty... more


Restaurants cited for sourcing foods in Michigan

During the 50th annual Michigan Restaurant Show in Novi, five Michigan restaurants were presented with “Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT” awards. The awards – established to recognize restaurants that source fresh Michigan fruit, vegetables, meat... more


CDFA web page lists wildfire recovery resources

With thousands of Californians suffering devastating losses due to recent wildfires, CDFA is offering a web page with resources for recovery. Included is a program from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) for individual assist... more


Expansion in Kansas planned by Kubota Tractor

Kubota Tractor confirmed Oct.. 23 its plans to plant solid roots in Kansas for its North American Distribution Center (NADC) by announcing the details of its letter of intent to purchase 203 acres near the company’s current leased facility in Edger... more


$600K given for longer shelf life research

Hazel Technologies will continue its research into developing new shelf-life extension technologies for fresh produce after receiving a second round of federal funding. The Chicago-based company will receive a second phase of funding from the USD... more


Pear Bureau Northwest salutes Sprouts Farmers’ Markets

Pear Bureau Northwest is excited to present the award for 2017 Pear Retailer of the Year to Sprouts Farmers Markets Produce Warehouse. The award, which will be presented on the show floor of the 2017 PMA Fresh Summit, is based upon an exemplary recor... more


‘Organic’ and ‘non-GMO’ offer little distinction for consumers

Consumers are confused between foods labeled as “organic” and “non-genetically modified,” according to a new study led by a University of Florida professor. In fact, researchers found that some consumers view the two labels as synonymous. ... more


Report: Michigan apple growers crimped by labor needs

Apples are big business in Michigan. As the state's most valuable fruit crop, apples brought in $293 million in 2016, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Great Lakes Region. And as the season winds down, getting the crop off... more


Columbia Star blackberry ready from Oregon State University

United kingdom-based berry and asparagus specialist, Global Plant Genetics, is launching the new blackberry variety Columbia Star. Bred at Oregon State University, the cultivar is an early season, floricane type, noted for its exceptional flavour. Gl... more


USDA offers $4 million to help California wildfire victims

USDA is targeting $4 million to help farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners in California recover from the recent wildfires. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will issue waivers for those interested in the Environmental Quali... more



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