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Globally, smaller sizes of mandarins are under pressure on both import and export markets, as good growing conditions early in the season have lead to an abundance of these sizes in production countries such as South Africa. The outside influence of transport issues and labour shortages continue to hamper the production of…

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Better blueberries ahead for Michigan

Looking ahead at Michigan’s upcoming blueberry season, reports are that the crop looks good for the 2021 season. Photo: North Bay Produce “We expect a better crop of blueberries than what we saw last year,” says Ryan Lockman, VP of sales and procurement at North Bay Produce based in Traverse City, MI.…

National Potato Council on efforts to jumpstart Senate talks on Agriculture Labor Reform

The National Potato Council (NPC) today participated in an agriculture industry roundtable discussion with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) in an effort to find bipartisan support for legislation that would improve…

Mission's Steven Barnard finalist in EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021

Mission Produce, Inc., which sources, produces and distributes fresh Hass avocados, announced yesterday that its founder, president and CEO Steve Barnard was named an Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Greater Los Angeles Award finalist. Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur Of The…

Port of Oakland volume up while vessel congestion continues

The Port of Oakland continues to move its cargo volume numbers toward record territory. At the same time, more cargo presents enormous operating challenges for marine…

Drought in US could affect production in several states

A spring that was dryer than normal could mean trouble for for East Idaho area farmers, especially potato farmers. Tony Olenichak, the water master for Water District 1 in…

New Jersey peach growers focus on thinning to produce large fruit

Fruit thinning is a labor intensive practice for peach growers in New Jersey. It is an expensive practice done mostly by hand, but a necessary cost because it is important to produce large fruit to meet the needs of a competitive fruit market. Big peaches are what most fruit buyers and consumers demand.…

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Statement on Defending Domestic Produce Production Act

On Wednesday, The Defending Domestic Produce Production Act was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate as S. 2080 by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL). The bill was…

Per capita consumption increase

Asparagus association eager for more promotions

The Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association (PAIA) has released its 2020/2021 Fresh Asparagus Statistics, Category Trends and Demographics Report. “This year’s report is…

Florida lawmakers push for seasonal crop protections

In the past decades, trade deals with Mexico have left Florida farmers frustrated. That continued after the negotiation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which…


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