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UPDATED: Southeast Produce Council founder dies at age 64

(UPDATED COVERAGE, 12:38 p.m.) Terry Vorhees, executive director of the Southeast Produce Council, died July 30 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 64. ... Read More

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Visa problems plague guest worker program

U.S. State Department delays in granting visas to Mexican agricultural guest workers are raising alarms as growers wait for harvest crews, particularly those in the H-2A program. ... Read More

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Judge orders Allens Inc. to pay PACA claim

A Pennsylvania produce broker has succeeded in defending its billing for $2 million in a case against Allens Inc. that includes more than $19 million in claims under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. ... Read More

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U.S. Apple Association gets new senior VP

The U.S. Apple Association’s vice president of public affairs, Diane Kurrle, is now the association’s senior vice president. ... Read More

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U.S. Potato Board partners with World Food Championships

The U.S. Potato Board has signed on as a partner to the World Food Championships for the 2014 competition in downtown Las Vegas Nov. 12-18. ... Read More

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Taylor Farms flips switch on solar system

Salinas-based Taylor Farms has flipped the switch on a 675-kilowatt (DC) solar-generation system on the roof it its Taylor Farms Retail salad processing plant. ... Read More

FDA raises special inspection fees for 2015
The Food and Drug Administration plans to raise fees for domestic and foreign facility reinspections, recall orders and importer reinspections.
Five a day reduces risk of premature death
New research published in the British Medical Journal reveals the retired generic promotion tagline “5 a day for better health” still applies.

 

Texas to ship smaller citrus
Texas orange and grapefruit shippers can market smaller sizes through a new U.S. Department of Agriculture rule.
Legislators dispute 'hot goods' provision
Some members of Congress want the Department of Labor to stop enforcing a law that can suspend fresh produce shipments.

 

Locus Traxx ventures to Europe
Locus Traxx, specialist in real-time monitoring technology for produce shipments, is taking its business to Europe.
Expect promotable volumes of Labor Day favorites
With summer weather finally arriving in many regions, several grower-shippers say they expect mostly high quality and promotable volumes of traditional Labor Day favorites sweet corn, watermelons and berries.
Brookside Farms retail manager honored at the White House
Brookside Farms’ Kristin Fritz Kubiszak is one of 15 growers and ranchers to be honored by the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a “Champion of Change” during the Future of Agriculture two-day event.
California lawmakers, ag push for water bond
(CORRECTED) CLOVIS, Calif. — With the sound of a bulldozer pushing water-starved citrus trees in the background, a group of California lawmakers and citrus industry leaders drove home the need for a water bond to fund new water storage.
Organic stone fruit harvest starts at Stemilt
Stemilt Growers LLC has started harvesting the sixth season of its all-organic peach and nectarine crop in Washington State.
Sugar cane packaging leaves smaller ‘footprint’
Nature & More, an international distributor of organic produce, is using a new packaging material made from sugar cane that company officials hope will become popular worldwide.
USDA cites Arizona company for PACA violations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Triple R Distributing LLC, Nogales, Ariz., for failing to pay for more than $330,000 of produce, according to a USDA news release.
Columbine Vineyards launches new website
Columbine Vineyards has launched a new website that is more user friendly.

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