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Midwest fresh produce distributor donates to regional food bank

Wholesale Produce Supply, a wholesale distributor of fresh produce in the upper Midwest, chose Harvesters Community Food Network as the second charity recipient on behalf of Nora and Ashley’s. The donation made to Harvesters will be able to support the 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern.....

Washington Supreme Court: Farmworkers to be paid for more than just picking crops

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that farmworkers paid a piece rate as they work in fields and orchards, must get additional wages for their other tasks during the course of a workday.The 5-4 decision released last Thursday affects wages in a vital part of the state’s economy: the agricultural industry......

Florida: Thousands sign petition for allowing home vegetable gardens

The petition called “Let our gardens grow” was signed by more than 54,000 people as of Tuesday May 15th. According to the petition, the city of Miami Shores passed a law banning vegetable gardens in front yards. Some people say they were fined $50 a day.“Please join us in urging the Florida Senate to pass S.B......

Aldi ‘lemon on a pear’ song does more than just stick in your head

Earlier this month, Aldi in the UK released an ad which received praise, got much tabloid attention and had many social media shares around the world. If you’ve had Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer stuck in your head for the past week, I’m willing to bet you know which one I’m talking about.So what was it about.....

By Hugo Boss

Vegan pineapple leather shoes

Luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss has responded to the growing demand for cruelty-free footwear by releasing a line of vegan men’s shoes. The collection, titled “BOSS,” features sneakers made from Piñatex, which is an animal-free leather derived from pineapple leaf fibres.The limited-edition collection is.....

New York state: Threat of spotted lanternfly to apples, grapes and more

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Agriculture and Markets Department are currently warning people to look out for the spotted lanternfly, a bug that could threaten crops in the state. A single adult of the new invasive threat was found dead in the fall of 2017 in New York.The.....

But not everything always goes as planned...

British family producing some record-breaking vegetables

Farmer Kevin Fortey is from Cwmbran in South Wales. Over time, he and his family have grown some record-breaking vegetables.However, not everything always goes as you expect. Giant vegetable enthusiast Fortey was recently stopped at US customs after officials mistook a harmless gardening tool for a taser......

Russia might restrict import of vegetables from Armenia

Russia may impose temporary restrictions on the import of tomatoes and cucumbers from Armenia, according to its Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor.The control of products coming from Armenia through the ‘Upper Lars’ checkpoint, was intensified last May. Seven.....

Kashmir, India: Heavy winds and rain hit Chenab Valley

Heavy rainfall and hailstorms, coupled with heavy winds, lashed Bhaderwah Valley, Doda and Kishtwar on Saturday afternoon. All this precipitation triggered flash floods at several places and caused widespread damage to standing crops. Officials claim 30% of standing crops have been damaged. There are reports.....

Donation finances ecological and social projects in Costa Rica and Panama

700,000 euros for ‘banana fund’

With €700,000, REWE is again supporting projects in the banana and pineapple cultivation areas of Central and South America this year, in order to improve social and ecological standards there. This is a commitment that was initiated back in 2007. It gained in importance in 2014 with the founding of a "REWE.....

Total property damage about 100,000 euros

Major fire in the Grossmarktstraße of Graz

On Thursday evening there was a big fire in the wholesale market hall in Graz. A container went up in flames and in the hall, several windows and doors were destroyed. The police are currently suspecting it is arson. The Grossmarkthalle for fruit and vegetables in Graz, Austria. Damages The incident involved.....

May 30th

2018 session of the China Fruit Retail Summit Meeting

Capital has flowed into the fruit industry in recent years. Initially wild, traders have now become more reasonable in fresh produce investment projects. In addition to capital investment, the foundation of the fruit industry has become a fusion of industrial supply chains. It has become a general trend to.....

Equitable Food Initiative welcomes Florida sweet corn grower

Rouge River Farms joins a fast-growing network of certified growers that have made a commitment to improve labor conditions, food safety and pest management through Equitable Food Initiative’s workforce development program.The company’s farming and packing operations in Clewiston, Florida, became EFI's first.....

Jackson, Mo. elementary school wins $5K grant for mobile kitchen classroom

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) yesterday presented the final award in its 2018 ‘Apples4Ed’ grant program to Jackson, Mo., school East Elementary. The school received $5,000 to help purchase a ‘Charlie Cart’ mobile kitchen classroom for its students.According to East Elementary school administrators, many.....

Hidden under vegetables

On Thai-Myanmar border: 5 million meth tablets and 70 kilograms of heroin seized

On May 14, the Thai police shot two Thai citizens, seizing 5 million methamphetamine tablets and 70 kilograms of heroin. The drugs were being transported from the eastern Shan State at the Thai-Myanmar border, into Thailand.The drug traffickers had hidden the drugs under several loads of vegetables on their.....

Minister of Agriculture:

Vietnamese group to invest $1 billion in Cambodia

The Vietnam-based FLC Group is a conglomerate that provides real estate developing, real estate consulting and investment, financial consulting and property exchange. Other activities include advertising, civil construction, trading on medical machinery and equipment, iron and steel, and more.The company will.....

Canada: Winter losses of Ontario bee colonies possibly worst on record

Currently, Canadian beekeepers are expressing their concern about the effects of poor weather on their colonies. Jim Coneybeare, the president of the Ontario Beekeepers' Association, called the levels of dead or ailing bees ‘astounding’.An Association survey of almost 900 Ontario beekeepers indicated that 70.....

Slices of the Earth: Each section contains 10% of the world's population

In other words: The thinner the slice, the more hassle you get...
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Someone went to town with his crayons...

Speed limits across Texas

A colourful rendition of the speed limits across Texas. Pretty, eh?
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Canada to expand agricultural market access in China

Canada and China are working to build a stronger relationship to create good, middle-class jobs and more opportunities for citizens in both countries. The two countries have agreed to increase collaboration on agriculture, including expanding market access, which is vital to achieving the Government of.....

Angola: Czech Republic spends $100 mln on agriculture

The Czech Republic intends to spend $100 million to fund agriculture and livestock projects in Angola, said the State Secretary for Forestry Resources of Agriculture Ministry, André de Jesus Moda.Mota said that the funding will allow the emergence of more projects that will contribute to development of the.....

US tomato farm workers march against Wendy’s fast food chain

Since March of this year, there have been calls to boycott Wendy’s fast food restaurants. Workers’ rights groups across the East Coast, from Florida to New York, have been marching and protesting the poor safety conditions of farmworkers. Since 1993, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an organization of.....

Chile: Drosophila suzukii detected in Maule

The Regional Minister of Agriculture, Carolina Torres, met with professionals of the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) to collect background information on the Drosophila suzukii pest and to coordinate actions in the Maule region, following the recent detection of a specimen of the insect, also known as.....

Honduras: Fruit exports amounted to US $633 million dollars

Fruit exports, worth around 633 million dollars (15,065 millions of lempiras) per year, leave the country and contribute to a very positive trade balance in favor of Honduras.Julio Morales, the coordinator of Agricultural Businesses of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), said that the country's.....

Sino-Israel cooperation begins a new chapter

Israel organizes twentieth session of International Agricultural Technology Exhibition

The twentieth session of the International Agricultural Technology Exhibition was organized in Tel Aviv, Israel, between May 8th and May 10th. This is one of the most important exhibitions for global leaders in the agricultural industry. Several dozen agricultural technology companies from Israel, Italy,.....

New Zealand kiwifruit business fined over $30,000 for underpaying workers

A Bay of Plenty kiwifruit picking business has been fined more than $30,000 for avoiding minimum wages and illegally deducting money from a worker. Aulack made 12 employment breaches, mostly relating to employment agreements and wage record-keeping. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) said Aulack was a.....

Map of South Asian language families

A map of the various South Asian Language Families.Click here for a larger image.

Top container shipping lines reviewing Iran operations

Maersk Line and MSC, the world’s top two container shipping groups, are reviewing their Iran operations after the US withdrawal from the international nuclear agreement with Tehran. The 2015 agreement lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limits to its nuclear programme. US president Trump now has also.....

Attempting to help their businesses to survive Brexit

Spain: Murcia government prepares ‘Brexit cheques’

Less competitive export prices to the UK could threaten various sectors of the Murcia economy. There is still great uncertainty over what the implications of the UK's exit from the EU will be, both in Britain and in the rest of Europe. In Murcia, measures are taken to ensure that any effect on the regional.....

Colombian fruits and vegetables in demand on international markets

The Minister of Agriculture, Juan Guillermo Zuluaga, said that the Colombian fruits, which are representing Colombia at the MacFrut Fair, were healthy, nutritious, and had an excellent flavor.Colombia is this year's guest country at the MacFrut Fair. The head of the agricultural portfolio said that "the world.....

Specialty produce company supports LA Food Bowl event

Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of the Border Grill are hosting “Plant Power: The No Beast Feast” as part of Los Angeles Food Bowl, a month-long food festival taking place across the Los Angeles area. This event, on Saturday, May 19, in Downtown Los Angeles, will showcase innovative vegetable-driven.....

Qatar: Three winter vegetable markets to close this Saturday

The three winter vegetable markets in Al Mazroua, Al Khor-Dakhira and Al Wakrah will close on Saturday after witnessing huge rises in sales, this season. The winter markets serve as platform for farmers to sell their products directly to the customers without middlemen, offering fresh vegetables to the.....

Indian traders: Exports to Pakistan via Attari check post dropped 30%

Indian exports to Pakistan through India’s first Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the border crossing at Attari in Amritsar have registered a record 30% decline in 2017-18 as compared to previous year. Traders blame the Pakistan government’s blanket ban on imports of vegetables and soybeans.Federation of Karyana.....

Union conflict in Argentina affects fruit exports to China

Fruit exports from the Argentinian Rio Negro area have been paralyzed since May 4th as a result of a labor union conflict. This affects fruit export to markets in the USA, Brazil, and China, as well as other countries. Private sector reports estimate that a reduced production volume has already cost foreign.....

Manifesto of European Wholesalers signed

Wholesale entrepreneurs are preparing to face new challenges by establishing common goals and strengthening teamwork at European level. At Macfrut, a first step was made in this direction, when Fedagromercati (National Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers), COEMFE (confederation of Spanish.....

Californian man suing Hilton Houston

Banana peel slip on lettuce leaf - $200,000 to $1 million claim

A California man is suing the Hilton Houston Downtown after he says he slipped on a piece of lettuce and was "severely injured."William Anthony Packard of Orange County filed the lawsuit against hotel owner American Liberty Hospitality Inc. on April 17 in Harris County District Court. Packard is seeking.....

'It is a kind of invisible trade war’

China increases inspections of US agri imports

China’s customs authorities have intensified inspections of US agricultural imports just as trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies intensify. Inspections are taking longer than usual and procedures are more complicated. Quarantine authorities have strengthened inspections of products.....

Canadian study

Jerusalem artichoke’s invasive tendencies blamed on genetics

The ability of invasive plants to overrun new territory is rooted in their genes. This is stated by Canadian researchers looking at a species of the sunflower family, the Jerusalem artichoke. The root vegetable makes for a gourmet dish but it’s a nuisance for Canadian farmers and the plants wreak havoc across.....

Bees contributing 3 to 4 billion dollars a year to Australian agriculture

The Australian Department of Primary Industries states that the humble honey bee is believed to benefit Australian crops to the tune of $3 to 4 billion a year. Beekeepers and growers of horticultural crops, broadacre crops and pastures all benefit. Such is the importance of this tiny animal that preparing and.....

China-US trade war could cost South Africa jobs

Last March, Trade and Industry minister Rob Davies commented on the rising tensions of a possible trade war between the US and China. He was certain South Africa was not in any country’s sights in such a war. But it could suffer considerable collateral damage nonetheless.The most direct harm to SA could come.....

Deadly pest that devastated swathes of Africa

Fall army worm: On its way to Europe and Britain

Experts are warning that a crop-destroying caterpillar that has devastated agriculture in Africa is poised to spread into southern Europe for the first time and could even reach Britain. The Fall Army Worm has cost African economies billions in crop losses since the American pest was first spotted on the.....

Haisheng Group exports dwarf apple trees to Kyrgyzstan

The Yuji Qianyang Company, part of the Haisheng Group, has reached a cooperation agreement with the Kyrgyzstan Jinda Agricultural Science and Technology Co., Ltd. They will transport 20 thousand dwarf apple trees. This is the first time that Chinese dwarf apple trees have left the country.Source: cnwest.com -.....

Second annual Southern AZ Sustainability Expo comes to Nogales

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is proud to present the Southern Arizona Sustainability Expo on Thursday, May 17 at the Santa Cruz Center in Nogales, from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.Companies today are faced with the financial pressure to lower operating costs and the social pressure to be more.....

First quarter

Peru: Fruit & veg boosted the growth of agricultural exports by 23.9%

The Association of Agricultural Producers' Guilds of Peru (AGAP) reported that during the first quarter of this year the agricultural sector had recorded a growth of 23.9%, as it achieved shipments of US $ 1.424 billion, compared to the US $1.149 billion achieved in the same quarter of 2017, and that it.....

Peru: 118,000 blueberry plants from the US

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) reported that 118 thousand blueberry plants from the United States had arrived in the country to improve the competitiveness of its agro-industry and expand the agricultural export of fresh fruits in the Moquegua region.The seedlings are undergoing their.....

United Fresh 2018

36 finalists demonstrate innovation in fresh produce

United Fresh this week announces 36 new products as finalists for the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2018 Innovation Awards. This year’s finalists will compete in seven categories, including the two new categories for 2018: Best New Indoor Growing Technology and Best New Field Technology, for the title of.....

Italy: Good start for Macfrut

A good number of visitors attended Macfrut on the first day. We talked to a few exhibitors with different opinions ranging from “It went very well, lots of people visited our stand” to “I expected something more.” Another added that “the important thing is people who are seriously interested in doing business......

Apples worth almost 85,000 Euro

Prison requested for perpetrator of scam on fruit grower

This week, an Italian man, Salvatore D, was tried by the Courtroom of Zaragoza for allegedly scamming an entrepreneur from the province of Huesca. The victim, who sold the accused apples worth 84,860 Euro, told the magistrates that "he even checked on the client who had bought his production," but in order to.....

Farmers in Germany and Tyrol sound the alarm

Producers do not have enough seasonal workers

Usually in the month of May, the harvest season starts all over Germany and in neighboring countries. Above all farmers are concerned with spring products asparagus and strawberries, that are grown in large quantities in the domestic fields. But farmers are sounding the alarm: they lack seasonal workers from.....

Photo Report: 6th Annual Indoor Ag-Con

PHOTO REPORTNetworking opportunities, interesting speakers and exploring new technologies. On the sixth edition of the Indoor Ag-Con it was all present and we will inform you completely on it. But first get ready for some photos!Check out the photo report here.Organizer, Newbean Capital, every year unites the indoor.....

NAFTA withdrawal would cost US Retail billions, says study

According to a new study by consulting firm A.T. Kearney, prices for fresh food such as asparagus, watermelon, avocados and tomatoes could skyrocket as part of a $15.8 billion hit to the US retail economy if the US should exit the North American Free Trade Agreement.The study comes as officials from the US,.....

Australia: New biosecurity safety advertisement applauded

Federated Farmers applauds the Australian Government’s intention to take border security more seriously by launching a new compulsory biosecurity safety video aimed at all incoming aircraft and cruise line passengers.The safety video depicts people trying to use everyday excuses to get past Australian border.....

Argentina: Fruit exports halted due to trade union conflict

Fruit exports have suffered millions in losses due to the strike of the technicians of the Senasa who sample the fruits for export.A few weeks ago, the health agency laid off 213 employees throughout the territory, ten of which worked at the regional North Patagonia. Once the news came out, the guild took.....

Cindy Jewell to be honored at Honoring Women in Produce reception

Cindy Jewell, Vice President of Marketing at California Giant Berry Farms, will be the honoree and featured speaker at the Reception Honoring Women in Produce, Tuesday, June 26, at United Fresh 2018 in Chicago. Prior to joining California Giant, Cindy served as Executive Vice President of the California.....

Tasmania: Government adds $20 million to fruit fly eradication program

The federal government has announced it will spend $20 million on the war against fruit flies in Tasmania. Some, however, fear the money has come too late and will not be spent on the frontline workers needed to detect the pest. A fruit fly incursion was recorded in the state's north in January. The pest's.....