Spun off from DowDupont on June 1, Corteva Agriscience now aims to play a bigger role in the fresh produce industry by putting a greater focus on the consumer and looking for opportunities in the vegetable seed business.
Growers in California’s Kern County say their vegetable and fruit crops typically are starting a week or so later than usual this spring, but ample rainfall and plenty of chill hours during the winter should result in abundant supplies and very good quality this spring.
Interest in workers’ rights and global farming mean that consumers are getting vocal about a lot of things these days. Thankfully, the product offered by the fresh fruit and vegetable industry is a solid winner. Consumers continue to clamor for fresh produce, and they’re becoming more conscientious about how it’s produced and where it comes from.
Better protected from the unpredictability of weather, outdoor pests and contamination, indoor growing of all kinds offers more reliability and consistency that means it’s a category to last, say proponents.
After a tough year for the southeastern produce industry, more than 3,400 of those growers and packers started the new year afresh at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga.
More than six years after cantaloupes from Colorado’s Rocky Ford region were implicated in a deadly listeria outbreak in the U.S., Australia is dealing with its own nightmare related to listeria and melons.