CHICAGO — Through a hypothetical outbreak scenario, a workshop at the United Fresh Produce Convention showed the considerable challenges federal investigators and regulators face when real outbreaks occur.
Debt-to-asset ratios are on the rise, working capital is eroding and farmers’ sentiments are on the decline. Despite the negativity surrounding prices and outlooks, Famer Mac is providing a voice of optimism.
The Pear Bureau Northwest plans an “aggressive” reintroduction of a conditioned pear program, and is teaming up with the National Mango Board to drive home to retailers the importance of stocking ready-to-eat fruit.
With harvest starting later this month, cranberry growers are still waiting on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to decide on a proposal to cut the allowable amount of fruit marketed in the 2018-19 season by about 25%.