Growing Magazine - October, 2013


Look What's Growing!

Organic Industry Praises U.S.-Japan Partnership in Trade

The USDA announced that the U.S. and Japan formed a partnership that will recognize the two organic programs as equivalent and allow access to each other's markets. Formal letters creating this partnership were exchanged in Baltimore, Md., at Natural Products Expo East, one of the largest trade shows for organic products in the U.S.

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Saving the Citrus Industry with Spinach

Growers across Florida are worried about a disease ravaging the groves: citrus greening. Ricke Kress, president of Southern Gardens Citrus in Clewiston, thinks that the solution for saving the orange juice industry lies in genetically modified orange trees. Citrus greening was first found in Florida in 2005.

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Nunhems' Salad Team Helps Build a Better Community

A nonprofit organization pulled the community in the Salinas Valley of California together to build a special playground. The playground is centered on giving full accessibility to all children, including those with special needs. Tatum's Garden was inspired by a little girl named Tatum, who has spina bifida.

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Best Food Safety Practices Now Required for Wegmans Produce

Wegmans Food Markets took an important new step in a food safety campaign focused on fresh fruits and vegetables. The supermarket chain is requiring all growers who furnish fresh produce to Wegmans to show they've passed a "Good Agricultural Practices" inspection. Beginning in 2008, Wegmans phased in this requirement, first for growers of crops thought to be high-risk.

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