Texas opens organic certification cost share program

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) have announced that its National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now accepting applications. This program offers financial assistance to organic producers, processors,... more »

Dutch field tray technology comes to U.S. strawberry farming

Dutch company GEGE Machinebouw has introduced a tray field system that is transforming strawberry farming in the U.S. Collaborating with Haygrove and Nourse Farms, GEGE's elevated tray field project boasts it will help growers by... more »

IFPA welcomes new vice president of global industry relations

The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) has welcomed Jessica Keller as the vice president of global industry relations. Keller is the first to serve in this role, which was created to align with IFPA’s core... more »

Tenerelli Orchards exits wholesale, focuses on farmers markets, u-pick

Leaving the wholesale end of the business for direct-to-consumer sales via farmers markets proved a successful move for a Southern California tree fruit grower.  In the high desert an hour northeast of Los Angeles, Tenerelli... more »

Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators adopts HAS Student’s Model for precision fruit growing

Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators will use a mathematical model developed by Luuk Tijssena student at HAS, to help fruit growers evaluate the financial benefits of precision fruit growing. The model aims to show how investments... more »

Mucci Farms acquires Hacienda North Farms, expanding operations

Mucci Farms, an grower and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables, has acquired Hacienda North Farms, a 160-acre state-of-the-art greenhouse facility located in Coatsworth, Ontario. Mucci Farms is part of the newly launched Cox Farms... more »

DPR data shows that 97% of fresh fruit, vegetable samples tested contain no illegal pesticide residue

Newly released California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) data show that 97% of fresh fruit and vegetable samples collected and tested contain no illegal pesticide residue. The department’s 2022 California Pesticide Residue Monitoring Annual Report includes information... more »

Bill aims to increase Specialty Crop Block Grant funding

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Laphonza Butler (D-California) have introduced a bill to increase the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program authorization by $15 million. The Specialty Crops Security Act increases the authorization for... more »

TIPA welcomes more students into produce career program

The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) is welcoming more students into its career networking and mentorship student program, Encouraging Discovery & Growth in Education (EDGE). The program will bring more than 40 Texas university system... more »

Commentary: The original food bully and the Dirty Dozen

Editor's note: Through its consumer website, the Alliance for Food and Farming responds to the Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists. The legacy of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is... more »

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Cover image of Fruit Growers News (FGN) July 2024 issue.

Talking tech: New app innovations aid growers

Smart tech wipes out pests: The latest trends in spraying automation

New Geneva rootstocks to help apple growers with size, yield, disease

Georgia peach success: Pearson Farm’s six generations find orchard happiness

FIRA preview: Tree fruit tech options abound at ag robotics conference

Fresh Views: Grapevine disease management tackled

Farm Market & Agritourism: Insights from the 2023 farm markets survey

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