EPA, Army propose new ‘Waters of the U.S.’ definition

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) on Dec. 11 proposed "a clear, understandable, and implementable definition of “waters of the United States” that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Ac... more

Farm bill conference report touted by Stabenow

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry praised the Dec. 11 release of the Farm Bill conference report, which represents the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. "The... more

Registration set for NAFDMA’s agritourism event

Registration is now open for NAFDMA’s 2019 Agritourism Business Conference (ABC 2019). The organization’s flagship event draws hundreds of agritourism operators from across North America. This year’s conference will be held at the brand new Emb... more

AgWeatherNet in Washington state to be led by David Brown

Washington State University soil scientist David Brown has been selected as the new director of AgWeatherNet, Washington’s Agricultural Weather Network. AgWeatherNet,, strives to help Washington growers and citizens und... more

Worker training record-keeping under Produce Safety Rule

When produce growers think about implementing food safety on the farm, the first thing that usually pops into their mind is records. Very few records, however, are required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. One parti... more

Canadian group salutes signing of NAFTA 2.0

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) welcomes the signing of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Nov. 30 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. CPMA has been actively involved in the negotiations of the USMCA and has worked clo... more

Dec. 1 fresh apple inventories at 103.3 million bushels

The U.S. Apple Association's December 2018 edition of Market News has been released.  This is the second report on the 2018 apple crop.  According to the survey, this year’s fresh apple holdings on Dec. 1, 2018, totaled 103.3 million bushels, 16... more

Owners of Klackle Orchards announce retirement

Changes are coming to a major Greenville, Michigan, agrtourism destination. In a Facebook post Dec. 4, owners Steve and Rosemary Klackle announced they are retiring in spring 2019 from their roles as owners and operators of Klackle Orchards.... more

CFVGA seeks tech pitch proposals for annual conference

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) seeks creators of technology that will benefit Colorado produce growers to submit proposals to present their technologies at the CFVGA Fifth Annual Conference Feb. 25-26, 2019, at the Ren... more

World apple, pear production drops on China losses

The United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service issued its biannual report, published in June and December, including data on U.S.and global trade, production, consumption and stocks, as well as analysis of developments a... more

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