Tom Karst - The Packer

Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Tom Karst is national editor for The Packer, covering issues of importance to the produce industry including immigration, farm policy and food safety.
He began his career with Vance Publishing Corp., The Packer's parent company, in 1984 as one of the founding editors of ProNet, a pioneering electronic news service for the produce industry. Tom has also served as markets editor for The Packer and editor of Global Produce magazine in his time at Vance Publishing, among other positions.

Tom is also the main author of Fresh Talk,, an industry blog that has been active since November 2006.

Previous to Vance, Tom worked from 1982 to 1984 at Harris Electronic News, a farm videotext service based in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Tom has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from Kansas State University, Manhattan.

He can be reached at and 913-438-0769. Find Tom's Twitter account at


phone: 913-438-0769

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