Editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss a couple of the major topics of the week, including a drop in strawberry acreage in the Salinas-Watsonville region and industry event BrandStorm.
The latest fiscal 2019 trade estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture raise predictions for fresh produce imports compared with a November forecast but keep the estimate for fresh produce exports stable.
Twenty teams competed to pluck the most strawberries at the sixth annual Strawberry Picking Challenge at Wish Farms, Plant City, Fla., an event raising more than $90,000 for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association.
As trade talks with China progress, the California Avocado Commission is seeking to advance its 14-year campaign to allow California avocados access to China, which is seeing leaps in demand for the fruit.
On the heels of a $40 million joint venture and a new office in Dubai, Sonia Lo is fighting for what she calls digital distributed agriculture, an emerging industry-wide infrastructure that works with indoor farms.