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California nut thefts: "sophisticated crime ring"
Truckloads of tree nuts, worth as much as half a million dollars have been stolen from California nut orchards. Agricultural Processors Association President and CEO Roger Isom explains that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill thief at work. “This is a very sophisticated crime ring or maybe multiple crime rings.....


Storm misses Mid-Atlantic crops
US(NY): Blizzard causes “logistical nightmare” for importers
New York produce importers woke up Saturday morning to delayed shipments and logistical headaches after the winter’s worst blizzard collided with the East Coast Friday afternoon. “It was a logistical nightmare without a doubt,” says Claire Sakho of Global Bloom, a fresh fruit and vegetable importer based out.....

Venezuela: The Seed Act is detrimental to the sector
According to Andrea Ballesteros, a journalist in the El Estimulo website, the National Federation of Vegetable and Potato Producers (Fenaphort) will request avacatio legisperiod be applied to the Seed Law, which was published in the Extraordinary Official Gazette of December 28, 2015, so that it's not.....


Arava: Israel’s largest agricultural exhibition
Last week, over the course of two days, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 January, close to 40,000 people attended the Arava Open Day exhibition, the largest agricultural exhibition in Israel. The exhibition took place in the Arava valley, a desert region located in the southeastern part of the country, and its.....

FFA members trip to South Africa
A news release from the Future Farmers ofAmerica says that 75 members from 23 stateshave returned from a 12-day educational andcultural experience in South Africa, where theyparticipated in the 2016 International LeadershipSeminar for State Officers. The experienceallowed the FFA members to experience.....

Will sue prison service
Inmate injured by 11 falling boxes of potatoes
A prisoner working in a jail kitchen was knocked out by 11 falling boxes of potatoes, weighing just over 17-stone, reports dailymail.co.uk.He had just finished peeling vegetables when he went to return a bag of carrots to the jail's walk-in fridge, and as he bent to put the carrots down, the boxes fell on.....

Flood in Namibia devastates Komsberg farm
On Thursday 21 January a flash flood caused by torrential rain swept through Komsberg farm near Ariamsvlei in the South of Namibia. The flood swept away at least 60 reed houses which were situated in the dry riverbed, leaving a total of 304 people homeless. The flood victims, most of whom are employed by the.....

South Auckland finds no further Tau flies
The Ministry for Primary Industries reports that no further fruit flies have been found since one was caught in a surveillance trap in Manurewa, Auckland last week. However, fifty eight field workers remain in the field on the lookout, and an exclusion zone is still in place. Pumpkin, melon, cucumber,.....

Artist receives a million dollars for potato photo
Artist Kevin Abosch shows there's more money to be gotten out of spuds than just sales. The artist takes portrait photos of well known faces in the Silicon Valley and decided to photograph a potato on a black background in 2010. This was a profitable idea. A rich fan visited Kevin in Paris and decided to lay.....


Warehouse in Westerlee available to rent from April
Available to rent in Westerlee from April:Building under construction2800m2 warehouse space700m2 office space10 docks2 overhead doors2 separate entrances For more information:VGIDhr. M.L.S. van Geest of dhr. G. HuttenTel 0174 5143000174 514300 Normal 0 21 .....

Promoting Peruvian cuisine
Peru signs important agreement at FITUR
Magali Silva Velarde-Alvarez, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), stated within the framework of the 2016 edition of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) being held in Madrid between January 20 and the 24, Peru had signed an agreement with the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the.....

Blizzard paralyzed US East Coast
On Sunday morning, travel bans were slowly lifted and much of the US East Coast started digging out of a record snowstorm that paralyzed much of the region this past weekend. With 26.8 inches, New York City logged the highest snowfall since record-keeping began in 1869. Many other parts of New York and Long.....

Indian rooftop veg cultivation project
In a bid to bridge the gap between supply and demand and promote cultivation of pesticide-free, eco-friendly vegetables, the Horticulture Department conducted a campaign in Chennai on January 23 and 24 to promote vegetable cultivation on rooftops.The objective of this “do it yourself” programme is to.....

Swaziland: 200 farmers to benefit from E4 million pack house investment
Swaziland Minister of Agriculture Moses Vilakati has said that the government is developing decentralised market centres (pack houses) to support commercial vegetable production in rural areas. The programme aims to guarantee vegetable supply in a time of climate change and the production will be worth about.....

Invasive beetle found in cucumber shipment at Miami's Seaport
Xyleborus volvulus (a bark/ambrosia beetle member of the Scolytinae family), was discovered during an intensive inspection of a container of cucumbers arriving from Costa Rica. Agriculture specialists with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations in Miami intercepted the unusual.....

Ecuador and South Korea seeking strategic agreement
On January 26, Ecuador and South Korea will hold in Quito the first negotiations to seek a strategic agreement on economic cooperation, according to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Ecuador.The meeting will be held at the Eugenio Espejo Convention Center. The event will last for three.....

Mexico strengthens protection of its avocados
The National Health, Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA) stated that it protected the cultivation of avocado in 528 municipalities of 27 producing states, which represents an annual production of 1,520,694 tons.To do this, SENASA implements permanent actions for the timely detection of the ambrosial.....

Argentina: Mendoza farmers lose 40% of their salary
"The workers have already lost 40 percent of their salary thanks to the devaluation that this government made," said Lucio Quilpatay, secretary general of the Union of Workers that Handle, Package and Ship Fresh Fruit and Vegetables in Cuyo. Quilpatay stated that there were currently about 4,000 people.....

Mexico: SMEs want to replicate success of avocado in China
Having more than 1,377 million potential consumers is, undoubtedly, a great motivator for any company. That's why China has become one of the favorite destinations for export.According to Jesus Valdes Diaz de Villegas, an academic from the Department of Business Studies at the Iberoamericana University,.....

Packaging manufacturer donates containers to food banks
IFCO Systems, a leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions, has donated more than 200,000 RPCs (Reusable Plastic Containers) to food banks since the start of its initiative for the support of food banks. Wolfgang Orgeldinger, CEO of the IFCO Systems Group, said: “In many countries of the world,.....

Japanese farmer raises sheep on asparagus
Eight years ago, by a stroke of luck, sheep farmer Takanori Nishikawa, from Bibai, Hokkaido, realised that feeding sheep on a diet of asparagus could result in tastier meat. Now the farmers is finding growing demand for his premium lamb and mutton raised on asparagus.Nishikawa, 46, is not a farmer by birth......

Filipino ag exec investigated over garlic import permits
In 2014, an unprecedented surge in garlic prices in the Philippines was attributed to an alleged cartel controlling the garlic supply. Clarito Barron, the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) director is accused of demanding money for the fraudulent issuance of import permits for garlic and is now being.....

Taiwanese retailers: pesticide residues in 73% of fruits, vegetables
Greenpeace Taiwan collected 60 vegetable and fruit products from major supermarkets and convenience store chains, including RT-Mart, Pxmart, Carrefour, Wellcome, A. Mart, Costco, 7-Eleven and FamilyMart and had them tested for pesticide residues. On Thursday 21 January, the organisation announced that 73.....

High risk South African crops excluded from insurance
South African insurers are cutting cover of some crops planted by farmers due to the high risk posed by the drought. Vegetable crops in northern regions are said to pose too much of a risk for some insurers, while premiums for farmers who can get cover are rising.“As part of our constant negotiations with.....

US: "Crippling" snowstorm forecast for East Coast
A potentially "crippling" snowstorm is forecast to hit the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast today, Friday 22 January, and tomorrow, reports usatoday.com. The storm will drop 1-2 feet of snow from the Appalachians across the Mid-Atlantic and toward New York, with a huge impact on businesses, homes and travel, the.....

Tau fly from Asia found in Auckland worries growers
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has placed controls on the movement of certain fruit and vegetables in a 1.5km radius from Manurewa where a single Tau fly was found on Thursday 21 January. Although the presence of the fly does not mean New Zealand has an outbreak, the MPI responded swiftly.MPI.....

Produce inspection app available for iPhone, Android
Lotpath, a leading provider of software apps to the fresh produce industry today announced the availability of Lotpath Inspector for iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets. Lotpath Inspector is the companion mobile app to the Lotpath Quality fresh produce quality management web app. Lotpath Inspector is.....

Growers to cast referendum votes for California Avocado Commission
As required by state law, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), is conducting a referendum among the state’s 4,000 commercial avocado growers to determine whether California Avocado Commission (CAC) operations should be re-approved and continued for the next five years.“Ballots will be.....

Arequipa
Peru: The drought threatens 3,500 ha of crops
Some 3,500 hectares of essential crops in the unregulated area of the Chili River in Arequipa are about to be lost due to the lack of water and rains in the region, said Percy del Carpio Lazo, president of the Board of Users of the Chili-unregulated area Irrigation District.The intense heat recorded in the.....

Elmo, Cookie Monster tout benefits of avocados
Avocados From Mexico (AFM), a non-profit 501c6 organization and the No. 1 selling avocado brand in the U.S., has partnered with Sesame Street, known for its commitment to developing kids' healthy habits, to help educate families about the health benefits of fresh avocados and the importance of maintaining a.....

Thousands of South African farms for sale
In South Africa's water-stressed provinces thousands of farms have been put up for sale, but it is unclear whether the country’s worst drought in 20 years is behind this. Seeff country MD Ian Badenhorst, speculates that "overseas buyers have lost interest in South African farms because of political and.....

Industry veteran Stu Monaghan joins Seald Sweet
Seald Sweet International announced a newly appointed position to their management and sales teams today, bringing additional talent to the Vero Beach-based corporate headquarters. Industry veteran, Stu Monaghan joined the company effective January 18, 2016, in the position of Sales Director, with focus on.....

Back to Fresh campaign focuses on greens
New year, new campaign? That is how the story goes for WP Rawl as they announce the launch of their 2016 campaign: Back to Fresh: Make Your Plate Green in 2016. The program, which launched on January 1, is a year-round, all-encompassing and tightly-branded campaign focused on monthly recipes and lifestyle.....

Agrocolor chooses new manager
Agrocolor, the Almerian company specializing in agricultural certification has already chosen the manager that will replace Luis Miguel Fernandez, who held the position until he was appointed manager of Coexphal in early October. Juan Ignacio Perez Zamarron will be responsible for the management of.....

Drought in Africa means millions face hunger
More than half of South Africa's 50 million people are facing hunger, as El Nino reaches its peak. Drought is killing crops and large parts of the country have been experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures exceeding 40°C in some areas, causing 11 deaths so far due to heat stroke.The country's weather.....

Study reveals new seed varieties not reaching Africa's small farmers
According to research published Wednesday 13 January, African farmers need access to improved seeds that can yield more food and cope with climate change. Currently, more than half of Africa's small farmers buy their seeds from local informal markets, reports Thomson Reuters.Innovations in food science,.....

Cost of oil falls below $28 a barrel
After the lifting of the sanctions against Iran, independent.co.uk reports that the cost of oil per barrel is now cheaper than the actual barrel itself.The newly liberated country is expected to pump fresh reserves of oil into an already oversupplied market, making oil even cheaper.On Monday 18 January, the.....

New nitrogen fertilizer launched by Bioworks
BioWorks’ new higher nitrogen fertilizer,Verdanta N-Vita 9-4-3, is a homogeneous,granular, compound fertilizer with a high nitrogenmix that is derived from 100% organic sources.The increased nitrogen promotes foliar growth inmany crops, including leafy vegetables, top dressingfor fruiting vegetables, and all.....

Predictions on 2016 food trends
From soups to spuds – no matter how you slice the new year's health trends – all wellness roads lead to the produce aisle. Trend-spotters at Frieda's Specialty Produce predict the following healthy food movements will send shoppers to the produce department in 2016, looking for specific produce items.The.....

Chile: The new commercial attache in England met with Asoex
The new commercial attache of Chile in England, Ignacio Fernandez visited the offices of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile AG, Asoex. There, he had a meeting with the President of Asoex, Ronald Bown, and the coordinator of Marketing of the same entity, Ignacio Caballero."We have a long work history.....

Walk-run to kick off Viva Fresh Produce Expo
Set in the great outdoors of the Texas Hill Country and just outside the doors of the JW Marriott, the Viva Fresh Produce Expo announces the first annual 5K Run and 1-Mile Wellness Walk on Saturday, April 2 starting at 7:00 am.“Our goal was to create more activities and events in keeping with our mission of.....

CropLife America leader talks innovation in Idaho
In Southern Idaho, President and CEO of CropLifeAmerica (CLA) JayVroom recently spoke at the Far West Agribusiness Association (FWAA) 2016 January Winter Conference, where he noted that continual innovation and the smart use of technology by farmers will make the promise of a bright future for agriculture a.....


Aussie horticulture growers look to the future
Over the next two weeks, growers from throughoutAustralia will discuss opportunities to bolster theirhorticulture output through investment in innovations such as robotics, and further shape their research and development corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation).The workshops are.....

EU investigation into Antwerp port container operators
According to uk.reuters.com, on Friday 15 January the European Commission announced that it had opened an in-depth investigation into alleged state aid to two container terminal operators in Europe's second busiest port, Antwerp in Belgium.The Commission said concession agreements for PSA Antwerp NV and.....

Iran no longer a pariah
US and EU lift sanctions on Iran
In response to the execution of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the international community (six world powers) made last July, the international community lifted the sanctions against Iran last weekend. This means a step forward for Iran and access to the global market once again.The international.....

Egypt sees 4% growth FY2015/16
A Reuters poll has found that Egypt's economy is set to grow 4.1 per cent this financial year, marginally weaker than the previous year and short of the government's own growth expectation.Egypt has been struggling to revive its economy since a 2011 uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak, causing political and.....

India: Blend fruit juice with fizzy drinks to help farmers
Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, has suggested blending at least 2% fruit juice in aerated drinks to help distressed farmers find a new market for their produce. He proposed the idea to top officials of leading aerated drinks companies who visited him recently."Why can't 2 per cent natural juice.....

AUSVEG supports MP on country of origin labelling
Despite political pressure from New Zealand, The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, is standing up for a stronger country of origin labelling system and AUSVEG support him in this. AUSVEG is the leading horticultural body in Australia, representing over 9,000.....

Avocados from Mexico partners with Montreal Canadiens
Avocados from Mexico announced their partnership with the Montreal Canadiens, National Hockey League professional team. Throughout the season, a TV media plan will showcase Avocados from Mexico to Québec consumers, as part of the RDS and Sportsnet hockey night broadcasts. To create a real Mexican fiesta.....

Cucumber seeds distributed to Palestinians at checkpoint
At an Israeli checkpoint cucumber seeds are being distributed to Palestinians as part of a creative endeavor to calm tensions in the West Bank. The measure was undertaken by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Unit (COGAT), the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Wednesday 13.....


Guangzhou Customs uncover $1 million fruit smuggling ring
Fruit smuggling in China is not only having a negative effect on the economy, but also poses a huge threat to food safety. Guangzhou Customs report that they have destroyed three smuggling gangs and arrested 28 suspects who smuggled more than 40,000 tons of fruit, including cherries and grapes from the.....

Drought continues to plague S.Africa's food prices
The worst drought in over a hundred years in South Africa is having disastrous effects: crops have been devastated, food prices are rising, investors are increasingly losing faith in President Jacob Zuman and it is even contributing to racial tensions.The rand has fallen sharply and analysts say a credit.....

Frozen fruit for South African zoo animals
As a result of the heatwave facing South Africa, a zoo has now resorted to giving animals frozen fruits to increase their body water content, despite having automatic sprinkling water. Zookeepers report that the animals love the frozen treats.“We make sure that the animals all have access to water, and we.....

Crêpes go well with fruit for Valentine's Day
This February, provide your shoppers with a Valentine's Day meal solution display featuring value-added produce items like Frieda's newly branded French Style Crêpes, paired with your fresh berry case.Frieda's new packaging design has a fun, young vibe that appeals to home-cooking Millennials without.....

Venezuela prioritizes short-cycle crops
The president of the board of Small and Medium Poultry Enterprises, Simon Leal, proposed to the ministers of the economic and food production areas, Willmar Soteldo, Rodolfo Marco Torres, and Miguel Perez Abad, prioritizing investment in short-cycle crops, ensuring supplies to reactivate the installed and.....

Mexico: Thirty million pesos for fruit crops
The undersecretary of agricultural development in Sedagro stated that, 30 million pesos had been invested during 2015 for the establishment of fruit trees, such as avocado, walnut, peach, apple, prickly pear, prickly pear cactus, and maguey which would benefit more than 820 farmers in marginal rural areas of.....

FPAA presents spring policy summit
In order to see the whole picture of a puzzle it’s necessary to interlace the pieces. These pieces are questions and players that take any part in the food industry of North America. With this in mind the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas(FPPA) looks forward to another exciting and informative event,.....

Argentina wants to recover food markets
The government wants that the country's current agricultural aggregates work strongly to recover positions in the food markets where Argentina lost ground in recent years because of export obstacles.Currently, Argentina has agricultural attaches in Brazil, USA, China, and the European Union."The aggregates.....


Hobart City Farm produces bumper garlic crop in small space
A small farm in Tasmania has proved size doesn’t always matter with a bumper crop of garlic attracting a lot of attention.Over the past year, the team behind the Hobart City Farm have been hard at work cultivating a small block of land on the outskirts of central Hobart.Co-founder Bridget Stewart says.....

Texas border patrol finds fake carrots full of marijuana
On Sunday 10 January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Texas seized 2,493 pounds of marijuana concealed in fake carrots which were mixed in with a commercial shipment of fresh carrots entering from Mexico.Almost 3,000 carrot-shaped packages were discovered mixed in with real carrots. Officers.....

Brits miserly when it comes to buying veg
According to a study by ao.com, 60% of people in Britain currently spend less than £10 per week on their fruit and veg, despite many considering themselves to be healthy. Many Brits also admit to poor vegetable knowledge, reveals the express.co.uk.Over half of the population wished they knew more about what.....

AU: Farm worker exploitation damages industry's reputation
In Queensland, the Fair Work Ombudsman has taken legal action against Emmanuel Bani and his company Maroochy Sunshine Pty Ltd in the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane, concerning the exploitation of farm workers. Growcom, horticulture's peak body in Queensland, fear the actions of the one labour hire company.....

Prickly pear: a global trend for 2016?
Due to global drought, which could hit a number of agricultural commodities, market researcher Mintel, recommends investing in prickly pear. The reason for this is that drought could cause food shortages of several items, such as wine, beef and rice, according to Mintel, which will then mean an increase in.....


Cold weather tests Turkish agricultural workers
In Osmaniye, in central southern Turkey, agricultural workers working on the vegetable harvest are having to wash produce in the cold water of the Savrun creek, despite the freezing winter weather conditions.The cold weather which is affecting the whole country, is causing problems for agricultural workers.....