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7/23/2014 - California Agriculture Faces Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen

A new report from the University of California, Davis, shows that California agriculture is weathering its worst drought in decades due to groundwater reserves, but the nation's produce basket may come up dry in the future if it continues to treat those reserves like an unlimited savings account. The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences study updates estimates on the drought's effects on Central...


7/22/2014 - Mérieux NutriSciences' Food Science Center Opens Virus Laboratory in the U.S.

The Silliker Food Science Center, a leading contract research organization and part of Mérieux NutriSciences Corp., announced the opening of a new Virus Detection Laboratory in Crete, Illinois. The new addition is the second laboratory in the company's international network dedicated to virus detection, joining Chelab Silliker in Resana, Italy, which launched its services last year. "Globally,...


7/21/2014 - CENTS Marketplace 2015 to Feature Best-Selling Author

Janine Driver, the New York Times best-selling author of "You Say More Than You Think" and "You Can't Lie to Me" has been selected as the keynote speaker for CENTS Marketplace & University, scheduled for January 7-9, 2015, at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. Driver will present her keynote speech on Thursday, January 8, then follow with a breakout session and book signing. "Janine Driver...


7/19/2014 - Improving Measurements of Leaf Area Index

Unique technology now makes it possible for consultants and researchers to make leaf area index (LAI) measurements in all uniform sky conditions, greatly increasing efficiency and providing more accurate information on crop productivity. LI-COR Biosciences announced the LAI-2200C plant canopy analyzer, a nondestructive way to easily and accurately measure leaf area index. Previous technology...


7/18/2014 - Valley Water Management Partners with Yaskawa

Valley Water Management (VWM) and Yaskawa America are partnering to provide variable-frequency drives for VWM pump stations. Variable-frequency drives ensure that pump motors function at optimal efficiency. They can dramatically boost efficiency and energy savings by preventing overpumping and overpressurizing of irrigation equipment. "Yaskawa is the market leader in water pumping and agriculture...


7/18/2014 - USApple Launches "Apple Summer Selfie" Contest

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) is asking apple lovers to photograph their favorite summer moments with an apple in hand through its "Summer Selfie" Facebook contest. "Apple Summer Selfie" encourages individuals to snap and share selfies in a summer setting with their favorite apples or apple products to celebrate the fruit's convenience and taste during the warmest months....


7/17/2014 - BioSafe Systems Welcomes Sweeten as Food Safety Technical Representative

BioSafe Systems is pleased to welcome Pamela Sweeten as its new food safety technical representative. She attended California State University, Stanislaus, and has worked within the food safety industry for 25 years in sales, marketing and grower relations. Based out of the San Joaquin Valley in California, Sweeten has owned her own business, P. Sweeten Consulting, for the last 10 years. She...


7/16/2014 - California Farmers Struggling to Survive in Drought

At Harris Farms in California's Central Valley, it is not difficult to discern the effects of the state's continuing drought. Fields that in previous years would have been lined with tomatoes or broccoli now contain nothing but brown earth. Around two-thirds of the farm's 14,000 acres are fallow, and for the first year since it started to grow salad leaves more than three decades ago, the farm has...


7/15/2014 - Produce Industry Races to Sustain Talent at PMA Foodservice Conference

More than 300 produce and floral industry professionals will lace up for the annual PMA Foundation 5K Race for Talent in Monterey, California, this July. The race benefits PMA Foundation efforts to attract talent into the industry and provide development opportunities for young professionals. The race is made possible by a series of sponsors including the following Champion Sponsors: Castellini Group...


Creating Food Security in a Changing Climate - 
        "Agriculture has a tremendous challenge. It's not something ...

7/15/2014 - Creating Food Security in a Changing Climate

Rebekah L. Fraser
"Agriculture has a tremendous challenge. It's not something we can wait until 2025 to start thinking about. We need to start right now." ~ Jerry Hatfield, USDA-ARS Emerging data reveals plants are more sensitive than previously thought. A rise of just 6 degrees Fahrenheit in average temperature can severely affect quantity and quality of yields. As temperatures rise,...


7/14/2014 - Yield360: Helping Farmers Take Control and Capture Yield Potential

Corn has the potential to yield 500 bushels per acre. Yet, according to the USDA, the average corn yield lands short at 158. With an estimated 27 percent global population growth by 2050, the increasing demand will not be met. Farmer-entrepreneur Gregg Sauder, founder and former CEO of Precision Planting, recently launched a new company -- Yield360 -- that offers a paradigm-shifting system that focuses...


7/14/2014 - Online Tool Lets Florida Producers, Customers Find Each Other

From farm gate to dinner plate, consumers are looking for more local food options. According to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, industry estimates put local food sales at $7 billion in 2011, reflecting the market's growing importance. A revamped online tool called Florida Food Connect (www.floridafoodconnect.com) offers agricultural producers an easy-to-use way to reach new customers...


7/12/2014 - EPA Seeks Feedback on Agricultural Worker Protection Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued proposed changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard to increase protections from pesticide exposure for the nation's 2 million agricultural workers and their families. In collaboration with the Western IPM Center, the Northeastern IPM Center is soliciting and organizing stakeholder input on this issue so that the needs of growers,...


7/11/2014 - All-America Selections Announces First Six AAS Winners for 2015

All-America Selections (AAS) announced the first of the AAS winners for the 2015 gardening season. The July announcement introduces four regional winners and two national winners, all of which are vegetables, reflecting the continued interest of consumers in edible gardens. Regional winners are: Hestia F1 Brussels sprout, Bejo Seeds (Southeast and Mountain/Southwest) Parisian Gherkin F1...


7/10/2014 - Learn From a Successful Agritourism Farm at NAFDMA'S Advanced Learning Retreat

The North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) announced its ninth annual Advanced Learning Retreat (ALR). The event will take place August 15-18, 2014, at Anderson Farms in Erie, Colorado. It features education sessions and a behind-the-scenes look at a successful agritourism farm. This ALR is designed to provide attendees with an opportunity to advance their business by learning...


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