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Kelp-based fertilizer Afrikelp aids in managing heat stress

The record-breaking heat this summer has focused attention on measures to stay cool and safe, especially for those who work outside in agriculture and other industries. Heat can also adversely affect the crops those workers... more »

ProducePay partners with table grape grower on direct-to-retail supply chain program

ProducePay starts first direct-to-retail supply chain program First direct-to-retail supply chain program started by ProducePay ProducePay is partnering with a table grape grower to start what ProducePay calls the fresh produce industry’s first-of-its-kind direct-to-retail supply... more »

Organic Grower Summit booth registration opens

Booth registration is open for the sixth annual Organic Grower Summit. The summit is Nov. 29-30 in Monterey, California, and is presented by Western Growers and the Organic Produce Network. Booth registration is online. Organic... more »

Resource on Strengthening Organic Enforcement available

Consumer confidence in the USDA organic seal has fueled industry growth and market expansion, according to the agency’s National Organic Program (NOP), which is tasked with ensuring rules protect the organic market as it grows.... more »

OTA names new president, board members

The Organic Trade Association’s incoming president for 2023-24 is Tracy Favre, vice president of sustainability for live operations at egg company Handsome Brook Farms LLC. Joining Favre on the member-elected Organic Trade Association (OTA) board... more »

Organic standards experts fight fraud, advocate for industry

Respected organic industry advisors and specialists Gwendolyn Wyard and Kim Dietz have launched Strengthening Organic Systems LLC. The advisory firm is focused entirely on organic fraud prevention, supply chain investigations and compliance with the USDA’s... more »

USDA names OTA as national partner in organic initiative

The USDA has chosen the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as a national partner for the Transition to Organic Partnership Program, part of an initiative to provide direct support and technical assistance to producers. Rodale Institute,... more »

AgroFresh adds to its Apple Complete portfolio

AgroFresh Solutions Inc., a global AgTech innovator that provides produce freshness solutions and digital technologies that enhance the quality and extend the shelf life of fresh produce, has three additions to its Apple Complete portfolio. Organic Materials Review... more »

USDA sets dates for fall NOSB meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has scheduled its fall 2023 meeting, along with two virtual comment sessions for people unable to attend in person. The meeting is Oct. 24-26 in Providence, Rhode Island, with... more »

Specialty crop groups outline Farm Bill requests

A group of speakers representing the specialty crop industry told a U.S. Senate subcommittee their Farm Bill 2023 requests, including a workable crop insurance program, research funding, and focus on organics and trade. The June... more »

Current Issue

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

National Plant Diagnostic Network

 

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