Minnesota, sometimes known as “The Bread and Butter State,” may be better known for its wheat, flour and dairy products than its fresh produce, but Twin Cities residents have a penchant for fruits and vegetables.
Long-time Twin City produce companies H. Brooks & Co. and its affiliates, and J&J Distributing are being acquired and consolidated into a new company, known as New Harvest Foods, helmed by industry veteran Ron Carkoski.
Greenhouse grower Mastronardi Produce is partnering with an entrepreneur noted for building well-known tequila and hair care brands in a venture to promote high-density farming systems across the globe.
Although Hurricane Michael caused damage to crops in the Florida Panhandle, the central and southern parts of Florida, where the vast majority of the fall produce is grown, were not directly affected by the storm.
AgriTalk Host Chip Flory brings in Jim Wiesemeyer to cover news from Washington, Greg Henderson and Pamela Riemenschneider cover online produce shopping, and Rhonda Brooks previews Farm Journal's Yield Tour.
(UPDATED, Nov. 9) With the next round of NAFTA negotiations set to start in Mexico City Nov. 17, House Agriculture leaders convened a discussion that stressed the importance of the trade agreement to farmers.