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Strawberry research provides service to Texas growers

Strawberries are proven to improve cardiovascular and brain health, as well as prevent some types of cancer. It’s no wonder Prairie View A&M University is trying to get ahead of the curve by finding ways to help limited-resource farmers suc... more


Members appointed to National Organic Standards Board

On April 25, 2018, USDA announced the appointment of two new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Their terms begin immediately. [caption id="attachment_17193" align="alignright" width="162"] James Greenwood[/caption] James ... more


New website addresses produce safety in California

A new website has been launched by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to help California farmers understand how to comply with new food safety regulations known as the Produce Safety Rule, which went into effect nationwide in Ja... more


Western Growers endorses California water bond

Western Growers has endorsed a water bond initiative likely to appear on the November 2018 California ballot. The measure would invest $8.877 billion in water infrastructure and programs throughout the state. Following a board discussion and vote on ... more


Time running out to complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To date, NASS has received more than 1.5 million completed questi... more


Details released regarding acquisition of Monte Package Co.

Some more details have emerged regarding the acquisition of Monte Package Co. of Riverside in Hagar Township, Michigan. According to a report on "Moody on the Market,": The acquisition "is in sharper focus now, thanks to information from the p... more


Washington wine industry surveyed about research priorities

The Washington State Wine Commission is asking wine grape growers and wineries to fill out a survey to help identify top research priorities for the statewide wine and grape research program. Feedback from the survey will be used by the Wine Res... more


USDA restarts fruit, veg industry advisory committee

USDA it will reestablish the charter for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) and seeks nominations to fill all 25 positions on the FVIAC. FVIAC was established by USDA in 2001 to examine issues facing the fruit and vegetable i... more


Cornell projects support Concord grape growers in New York

Concord grapes have provided the economic backbone for communities in the Lake Erie region of New York for more than 200 years. But a dramatic reduction in nationwide juice consumption is straining the industry. Cornell grape experts and food scie... more


USDA NASS reports California’s 2017 grape acreage

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently reported on California winegrapes acreage during 2017. The winegrapes acreage was estimated at 599,000 acres. Of the total acres, 560,000 were bearing and 39,000 were non-bearing. Chardonn... more



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