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Population estimates on aging across population groups

North Dakota is only US state to get younger

The nation as a whole continues to grow older with the median age increasing to 38.2 years in 2018, up from 37.2 years in 2010. The pace of this aging is different across race and ethnicity groups, according to new 2018 Population Estimates by demographic characteristics for the nation, states and…

Spain: Grupo Caparrós gives fruit away in exchange for cigarettes

The fruit and vegetable company Grupo Caparrós has launched the campaign 'Cambiamos cigarrillo por fruta' ('We give fruit in exchange for cigarettes') on the occasion of the celebration of the World No Tobacco Day. In the framework of this initiative, members of the Spanish Association Against Cancer…

Producer "growing green" in Mexico

SiCar Farms announced that it has implemented what it describes as "enhancement strategies" that advance environmental conservation. These technologies result in a positive impact on humanity and promote renewable energy usage, as well as sustainable agricultural practices that support crop preservation,…

Equitable Food Initiative partners with Costco

Equitable Food Initiative has announced it is partnering with Costco Wholesale on a two-week promotion in California, Oregon and Washington state. The campaign runs through July 5 with the goal of driving consumers to purchase EFI-certified fruits and vegetables at participating Costco warehouses. “From…

Bipartisan letter opposes trade barrier proposal impacting US businesses

A bipartisan group of 23 Senators and House Members sent a strong message to the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer reiterating opposition to any attempts to reinsert…

Interfresh Eurasia exhibition October 16-18, 2019

Turkey: Buyers & exporters of fresh produce to meet in Antalya

This week, Ankara hosted the presentation an d launch meeting for the upcoming Interfresh Eurasia 2019 fair slated for Oct. 16-18 in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.…

Zimbabwe: Blockchain to release farmers from financial burdens

Jamaican start-up FarmCredibly has an innovative solution to help smallholder farmers—many of whom do not have the collateral demanded by financial institutions to access…

South Africa: Economic boost for beleaguered Eastern Cape farmers

The South African government has relaxed stringent water quotas imposed for the past two years on the 200 citrus and cash crop producers, in an economic boost for beleaguered Gamtoos River Valley growers drawing water from Kouga Dam. The easing of restrictions – from 40% of farmers’ allocated annual…

Leaf lettuce continues to be Monterey County's number one crop

According to an industry report unveiled Tuesday, the value of Monterey's County's top economic engine, agriculture, came down in 2018. The gross value of ag commodities grown…

But officials say they are unwilling to give much ground

US to restart China trade talks

The United States hopes to re-launch trade talks with China after president Trump and president Xi Jinping meet in Japan on Saturday, but Washington will not accept any conditions around the US use of tariffs in the dispute, a senior administration official has stated. Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on another $325…

Cold weather poses challenges to Kenyan farmers

Kenyan farmers have to contend with high cost of production as a biting cold weather hits several parts of the east African nation. The cold weather, which normally kicks off in July, started in late May, worsening an already bad situation for farmers after the March-May rains failed. The rains started…

Viva Fresh announces new industry-wide scholarship

Held on April 25, the Viva Fresh Open Golf Tournament launched the 5th Annual Viva Fresh Expo in San Antonio, Texas. The event also marked a new milestone with the announcement of an annual Scholarship Program that will be supported by the proceeds of the Viva Fresh Open Golf Tournament. This year, the…

2020 United Fresh San Diego Convention to launch four-year rotation

“With numerous enhancements from one-on-one networking meetings to a late-night party for some 800 attendees at the House of Blues, United Fresh 2019 lived up to the vision of…

Putin extends food counter-sanctions against US, EU and allies until end of 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended a ban by Moscow on food product imports from the United States, the European Union and its allies until the end of 2020,…

Australia: Multilingual manual for expanding Chinese market in development

Australian authorities revealed on Monday that they are developing a multilingual manual to create a common language of communicating with consumers and retailers about produce. It is an effort to streamline the trade of mangoes in the Asia-Pacific region. Government and Industry representatives are…

South Australia enduring consecutive frosts

Grower lathers crops in molasses

As South Australian temperatures plummet below zero severely damaging crops, some growers are turning to creative methods to protect their produce. Meteorologist Matthew Bass said it was the region's sixth consecutive day below zero. When the dewpoint temperature has dropped below zero and the air is condensed to form ice…

Climate classification map of Australia

Putting some things in perspective.

Africa is massive

For those people who are still unsure whether Africa is large...

Consumers being fooled

Chinese shiitake mushrooms labelled as New Zealand-grown

An increasing number of shiitake mushroom growers have switched to using imported Chinese growing 'logs' on which the fungi is grown. The reason is that these are cheaper than…

On crop damage after hailstorm and heavy rainfall

Bandipora district, Kashmir: Growers fuming over government apathy

Residents of the Watapora area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district are up in arms against district administration for failing to respond to their problems properly after…

Bulgaria: Register of fruit & veg traders to protect domestic production

Deputy Minister of Agriculture Chavdar Marinov told the Bulgarian National Radio, that a register of fruit and vegetable traders will be set up, with the aim of complete…

From Haiti to Dominican Republic

US Coast Guard intercepts garlic smuggling operation

During a recent 59-day patrol in the Caribbean, the crew of the cutter Vigilant intercepted a go-fast boat carrying 7,800 pounds of illicit garlic from Haiti to the Dominican…

Lots of damage to orchards and protection facilities

Italy: Strong hailstorm in large areas of Emilia Romagna

From Reggio Emilia to Rimini, mostly along the Via Emilia and in the Ravenna area. It is the extension of the strong hailstorm that struck much of Emilia Romagna on Saturday 23 June 2019, causing damage to fruit crops and plants. The Ravenna area, the areas of Lugo, Massa Lombarda, Bagnacavallo were…

New plastic support for hydroponic crops such as basil

Rosa Plast has introduced a new support to grow basil using hydroponic cultivation techniques that increases productivity by 25% developed in collaboration with Cammelli . "Thanks to our lengthy experience and our collaboration with Cammelli, we developed a panel for the cultivation of basil. The great…

Visiting South Africa

Chinese economic and trade delegation sign 93 agreements

During a signing ceremony held in Cape Town on Friday evening, a Chinese economic and trade delegation consisting of 60 entrepreneurs from more than 40 major companies, signed…

Significant hail damage in the Altes Land:

Businesses affected to different degrees

Last Saturday, a stormy day with hail and heavy rain has hit Lower Saxony. It also reached the Altes Land. The consequences are only gradually visible at the fruit farms. Many…

Tuesday, June 25

Dry Matter readings in 12 seconds: live demonstration of Avocado Quality Meter

Felix Instruments, an ag-tech instrument developer, will be hosting a free webinar and live demonstration on Tuesday June 25 which will be designed as a workshop for the company’s new F-751 Avocado Quality Meter and its integration with harvest mapping software, FruitMaps. The webinar is open to anyone,…

Kashmir - India

Hakeem Yaseen expresses concern over losses due to hailstorm

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Front, Hakeem Yaseen, has expressed his concern over the massive damage caused to horticulture industry in the state of Kashmir due to…

Canada: Calgary woman finds dead mouse in spinach

An unwelcome addition to her packet container of spinach has a Calgary woman rethinking her approach to pre-packaged produce. Hayley Huskinson purchased a sealed package of Dole's 'thoroughly washed' baby spinach from the No Frills store on Elbow Drive Southwest on Sunday evening and proceeded to use it…

New produce depot in North Hollywood

Food Forward hopes to rescue 33 million pounds of food

Food Forward, established a decade ago, connects excess fruits and vegetables that otherwise would go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets and L.A.’s wholesale produce market downtown with partner agencies serving the needy from Santa Barbara to the California-Mexico…

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He:

‘Trade war will slow, not stop, growth of China’

China’s Vice-Premier Liu He has stated that “external pressures” now hitting China’s economy could boost the country’s innovation and development. Without naming the US or mentioning the trade war, he said such pressure “was inevitable” and would simply accelerate economic restructuring and upgrading.…

Lychee Rose Oreos: Latest cookie craze to hit China

Lychee Rose Oreos are a new craze that is hitting China’s convenience stores. Most people already know what the chocolate cookie part of an Oreo tastes like, but this is about the cream filling, which is really, really pink. While the word lychee holds equal weight in the cookie’s name, the fruit’s…

Queensland University of Technology

Next generation genetic testing to give Australian growers a competitive boost

In order to give Australia’s horticulture sector a competitive boost through faster access to new plant stock, the Queensland University of Technology has partnered with Hort…

Taco Bell turns menu towards vegetables - away from vegetable-based 'meat'

This week, Taco Bell spokespersons said it's not ready to dive into the meatless protein offerings available, despite the fact that the Mexican quick-service restaurant will…

India: Team reaches Odisha to assess Cyclone Fani damage

A four-member central team has reached Odisha to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Fani that ravaged the state’s coastal districts on May 3rd, leaving 64 dead. The inter-ministerial team is being led by Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Vivek Bharadwaj. The team will visit Puri…

Travel with 'The Lion King' to the sun

There is another roar in the cinema. One of the world's most popular Disney films comes to the big screen in a new interpretation. "The Lion King" brings the colourful animal world and the endless expanse of the Savannah back to life. Coinciding with the launch of the film, SanLucar will realize a…

One District - One Factory programme is stalling

Ghana: Citizen Watch urges government to up 1D1F efforts

Citizen Watch Ghana, a national think tank, has expressed deep worries over what it says is government’s inability to establish a single factory under the 1D1F (‘One District, One Factory’) programme in the Volta Region. “We can’t understand why the government and the 1D1F coordinating unit have…

Michigan lawmakers approve $15 mln for farm disaster loans

Thursday, the Michigan Legislature approved a mid-year spending Bill that would pump $15 million into a state disaster loan program. This program is intended for farmers…

UK: Fresh Food Hub offers great fresh produce

Using the newly launched Fresh Food Hub, chefs and caterers can now order the very best fresh produce from specialist suppliers around the UK. Offering fresh produce, fish,…

Protests against president Hernandez are building

Honduras reaches deal with striking truckers, but protests persist

On Thursday, Honduran authorities reached a deal with striking truckers, whose protests had caused disruptive fuel shortages, but demonstrations against president Juan Orlando Hernandez persisted in the capital. There was widespread unrest on Wednesday evening in Tegucigalpa, including looting, after…

Cultivation no longer economical because of minimum wage

Hainich-Konserven go forward without regional cucumbers

For the first time in decades, no cucumbers are grown and harvested in the fields around the Vogtei this year. The Hainich fruit and vegetable company is one of the last large…

Swiss Championship in Chriesistei spitting about to begin

Spitting is allowed here

On 4 July 2019, the Swiss championship in Chriesistei (Swiss cherries) spitting, will begin. This unique event is not only aimed at experts, but also at the general public. Participation is open to everyone. The sports spectacle is accompanied and supported by celebrities and moderated by Nik Hartmann. In honor of the Swiss…

India: Monsoon hits drought-stricken Maharashtra

Finally, India’s annual monsoon has covered some parts of the western state of Maharashtra. Conditions are becoming favourable for further advancement into the southern part of the country, a weather department official said on Thursday. The monsoon has covered southern parts of Maharashtra and drought…

Cambodia & China working to enable more exports

Last week, Chinese officials visited Longmate’s banana factory in Cambodia’s Kampot. It was a move hailed as an effort to allow more Cambodian agricultural goods to enter the…

European judge rejects German mileage tax

The mileage tax planned for autumn 2020 for cars in Germany has been declared unlawful by the European Court of Justice. As a result, it appears as if the introduction of the…

Canadian hockey medalists team up with CPMA

CPMA has announced a new partnership with Olympic hockey gold medallists Rebecca Johnston and Mélodie Daoust. Johnston and Daoust will be promoting the Half Your Plate…

Farmer research creates more benefits than just increased crop production

Farmers have been innovators and experimenters for millennia. They developed new types of crops and methods of farming. A few decades ago, farmers and agronomic researchers…

President Lopez Obrador described outcome as "very good news"

Mexico approves trade deal with US and Canada

Mexico on Wednesday became the first country to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) agreed last year by the three countries to replace the 25-year-old…

Hawaii: Invasive long-horned beetle from Australia attacks Puna crops

An invasive new pest is starting to spread in Hawaii, and agriculture experts say it’s attacking crops in some areas of the Big Island. There is no common name for Acalolepta…

Syria: Slow recovery for Eastern Ghouta farms

Outside the Syrian capital, Radwan Hazaa is preparing to plant hundreds of pomegranate seeds on his land in Eastern Ghouta, hoping to replace some 3,000 trees lost in years of war. The former rebel stronghold was once the garden of Damascus, supplying abundant fruit and vegetables as well as dairy…

Russia: thousands of tortoises smuggled amongst cabbages

On the border between Russia and Kazakhstan, customs officials made an exceptional discovery. During an inspection, they found thousands of tortoises amongst the cabbages. Smuggling tortoises is very lucrative. The animals are estimated to be worth about 70,000 euro. These animals have been saved and…

The response to water stress could have a genomic origin

Spain: Research on vascular system of trees to improve resistance to drought

The Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture La Mayora CSIC-UMA has started a research project with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, through which it aims to improve the vascular system of trees to increase their resistance to drought in the…

Used in pineapples and vegetables

Costa Rica will restrict the use of glyphosate in agriculture

Costa Rica's Ministry of Health announced that it will restrict the use of glyphosate in some sectors of the country and that there will be new regulations in other parts, because of how toxic this product is for humans. According to the Minister of Health of Costa Rica, Daniel Salas, glyphosate, which…

Support for NDP commitment to payment protection for produce sellers

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) said they recognize the commitment made on Sunday by the New Democratic Party (NDP)…

EU Commission confirms non-renewal decision on Chlorpropham

A decision by the European Commission has shown that from 1st January 2020 the germ inhibitor and herbicide chlorpropham (chlorpropham) is no longer permitted. The European Potato Processors Association (EUPPA) has reported this to its members. The EU Commission has published it’s Implementing Regulation…

New Zealand: The threat from the brown marmorated stink bug

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), originally from Asia, is regularly intercepted at the New Zealand border as it spreads worldwide. Plant and food entomologist Dr Jim…

California-based tech company Full Harvest

Can you solve food waste through an Airbnb model?

A recent study from Zest Labs about produce shelf life found that freshness varied significantly among products and stores. Furthermore, the study showed that the primary…

With World Bank support

Kenyan Lower Nzoia River irrigation project finally on track

After more than a year's delay, Kenyan authorities have recently started work on the lower Nzoia River irrigation project site. The work, costing a total of 7 billion shillings ($70 million), was awarded to China's hydroelectric engineering and construction company, Sinohydro. The irrigation project in…

US-China trade war:

Officials to resume talks before G20

US president Trump has stated that the US and China will resume trade talks ahead of a meeting between their leaders at a G20 summit next week. Trump said on Twitter he had a "very good" call with Chinese President Xi Jinping and their teams would start talks before they met in Japan. The US escalated…

USDA reports

Brazil market access brief for conventional and organic vegetables

US exporters often reach out to the USDA with questions about market access and Brazil’s import regulations, finding legislation confusing and not transparent. To bring a bit more clarity, ATO Sao Paulo prepared a series of Market Access Briefs by product category. These briefs are intended to serve as a…

Report: 'Setting the Bar for a “Green Brexit” in Food and Farming'

Soil Association says UK could lead world in ‘nature friendly’ farming

The UK’s Soil Association has launched a new report which says that a true ‘green Brexit’ as promised by the government, will require major policy changes. The document,…

Berry grower teams up with food bank

Grower and marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms, has announced a summer partnership campaign with Feeding America®. The company said it has worked with Feeding America member food banks in Florida over the years. But this seasonal campaign marks a new…

$220,500 interest-free loan for Australian Organic Farmers

Australia: Lockyer Valley farming group benefits from Woolworths organic fund

A Lockyer Valley farming group have become the first Queensland beneficiaries of a program between Woolworths and Heritage Bank to support organic growers. Australian Organic Farmers in the Lockyer Valley will receive a $220,500 interest-free loan from the Woolworths Organic Growth Fund to help them…

USDA comes up with Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program school grants

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is changing the way children see fruits and vegetables in schools by offering a competitive fresh fruit and vegetable program grant that provides healthy snacks along with nutrition lessons. The USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program requires…

CPMA commends government Food Policy for Canada commitment

CPMA said it applauds the Canadian government’s announcement detailing the various initiatives forming the Food Policy for Canada. The national food policy funding of $134.4…

Zimbabwe’s new currency is unlikely to perform miracles

The plans of the Zimbabwean government to unveil a new currency by year-end, without addressing macro-economic fundamentals could be catastrophic. The proposed local unit…

VALUE4HERConnect launched in Nairobi

Africa’s first Online Platform for female agri entrepreneurs

VALUE4HERConnect, Africa’s first online platform for female agricultural entrepreneurs has been launched in Nairobi. The platform helps women entrepreneurs in agriculture to form a virtual community and share their knowledge with members. The network was launched at AWAN-Afrika’s first continental…

Stephan Kohn, Heinrich GLAESER Nachf. GmbH:

"Heat and moisture are stored in the soil better and the yield has increased"

When the strawberry season is over, the next strawberry season is about to start, so the fruit producers will soon have to start growing again next year. In order to optimize cultivation conditions, Heinrich GLAESER has a mulch film for (among other things) the cultivation of strawberries in its…

Avocado trucks still being hijacked by criminals

Mexican exporters ask for government intervention

Packers and exporters of avocados in the state of Michoacán are desperate and ask for the immediate intervention of the government of López Obrador who according to them “has…

Glens Potatoes to work with Asda

Glens of Antrim Potatoes in the Northern Irish town of Cushendall has joined a six month Asda-led programme which aims to maximise the company’s business potential, promote innovation, and ultimately…

Costa del Sol, southern Spain

Quarter tonne of cocaine between bananas - Six arrested

Estepona is a town and municipality in the comarca of the Costa del Sol, southern Spain. It is located in the province of Málaga. As reported on englishradionews.com , officials from the Policia Nacional have detained six people there, in connection with a drug trafficking operation, which brought…

Chinese banana plantation workers deported from Myanmar

Ten Chinese nationals were deported from Myanmar last month after having been discovered illegally staying in the country in connection with their work on banana plantations in Kachin state. An immigration official in Kachin said the 10 were handed over to Chinese officials on May 31, after paying a fine…

The Wonderful Company advertising at One Times Square

The Wonderful Company, said it has taken the spotlight at the One Times Square digital billboards in New York City now through October 2019. The parent company known as The Wonderful Company, and its brands Wonderful Pistachios, POM Wonderful, FIJI Water, and JNSQ Wines will be spotlighted together for…

Philippines: Fruit exports important in FTA with South Korea

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it will seek to balance of the interests of the agriculture industry, which wants to export more produce to South Korea, and…

Focus on management of quarantine pests

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service strives to secure international horticultural markets

Kenya’s Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is working with over 200 horticultural produce exporters to the European Union and Australian markets to formulate strategies to curb the False Codling Moth ( Thaumatotibia leucotreta ) pest which has led to rejection of the country’s products at…

Mexico, state of Michoacán: Up to four avocado trucks stolen every day

In the violent Mexican state of Michoacán, up to four trucks carrying avocados are stolen every day as organized crime groups try to capitalise on the popularity of the fruit. Avocado packers and exporters took out newspaper adverts on Friday to decry a worsening security situation in the state, which…

Yossi Eisman passes away

Yossi Eisman, a second generation of farmers at Kfar Bilu, recently passed away at the age of 80. Yossi worked at the Citrus Marketing Board from 1961 through 2004 and served as its London…

Report on development possibilities Australia

North Queensland horticulture holds millions in untapped potential

According to a new study by the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia, there is more than $3 billion in unmet market demand for food products across…

'Worker exploitation unacceptable'

Australia: Coles aligns with unions for safer work environments

There seem to be indications that the Australian food supply chain is increasingly taking worker exploitation seriously. Now, a major supermarket is aligning with key union…

Certis USA makes donation to fund research on Citrus Greening

Certis USA, a big player in the world of biopesticides, has donated $20,000 to the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (CRDF) to help fund the non-profit’s research aimed at finding a cure for huanglongbing (citrus greening). The check was presented by Dr. Michael Dimock, Certis USA…

Apples and almonds included

India increases tariffs on US exports

India is now imposing increased tariffs on 28 US products including apples, almonds and walnuts, a move seen as a retaliatory act. The tariffs on several US products have gone into effect on June 16, India's Finance Ministry said in a statement Saturday. The goods targeted include American apples -which…

Photo report: Frischezentrum Frankfurt

"I believe that wholesale markets have a future"

Thursday morning, 4 o'clock. There is a lot of hustle and bustle at the Frischezentrum Frankfurt - in addition to the day-to-day business, the Green Sauce Day 2019 was also on June 6 and a world record was to be broken. With 181,096 portions, the goal was unfortunately not achieved, but a new world…

Chile must consider the EU's new demands on pesticides

Throughout 2019, the European market has published and validated several updates regarding maximum residue limit values (MRLs, or MRLs). This is an important variable that the agricultural export sector must take into account when marketing and shipping its products to different target markets. Due to…

Associated International Group of Nurseries

Annual nursery meeting in Pacific Northwest

The Associated International Group of Nurseries, known throughout the Tree Fruit Industry as AIGN® gathered in Washington State, USA during the last week of May for their annual general meeting. The group was formed 31 years ago and is the oldest group of its kind. Eighteen members and directors from…

Scandinavian Airlines takes up Farm-to-Tray table menus

In 2017, SAS unveiled its ‘New Nordic by SAS’ concept, introducing passengers on some 80,000 short-haul Scandinavian and European flights to seasonal dishes made with ingredients sourced from regional farmers. New Nordic by SAS this month expands its vision of healthy, sustainable eating with the…

Himachal Pradesh

India: High temperatures likely to affect this year’s yields

With the maximum and minimum temperatures soaring, the crop yield is likely to witness a loss of 10 to 40 per cent in parts of Himachal Pradesh. Solan has witnessed the…

Drought: Hardap farmers meeting Namibian government half way

Even though Namibia is facing one of the worst droughts recorded, crop farmers in the Hardap Region are not deterred as they continue using the little resources they have in…

Registration open for the Crosset Company 2019 Produce & Floral Conference

Registration is now open for the new Crosset Company Produce & Floral Conference held in Cincinnati, OH on August 28, 2019. Retailers, Foodservice Operators, Growers,…

UK couple discover ‘rotting strawberry’ is actually frog

A UK Asda customer discovered that what she thought was a “rotting strawberry” in a freshly-bought punnet was actually a frog. Luke Bown and his fiancee Leanne Anderson didn't notice the little brown face peering out at them until they unpacked their ASDA shopping last week. Leanne was horrified to see…

South African energy expert Paul Nel at Hortgro Technical Symposium 2019:

"Will we survive Eskom?"

South African energy expert, Paul Nel, addressed the question at the Hortgro Technical Symposium 2019. Nel, an engineer who worked for Eskom for 18 years, said that for the first time the government…

Kashmir: Torrential rains & hailstorms damage apple and cherry crops

Torrential rains and hailstorms that severely hit several parts of Kashmir earlier this week have severely damaged apple and cherry crops, causing huge losses to growers. Several varieties of cherries were ready to be harvested. Cherry growers who witnessed decline of the prices of their fruit last year…

Overcoming the effects of hurricane Irma

Governor DeSantis announces $75M for Florida citrus recovery

Governor Ron DeSantis brought more than enthusiasm for agriculture to the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference. He announced $75 million in funding had been released to…

These are the countries where most adults still don’t have a smartphone

South Korea is the world leader in smartphone take-up – it is the only country where 100% of the adult population have a mobile phone. In South Korea, 95% of adults own a smartphone, and 5% have a regular mobile phone. By contrast, 75% of adults in India don’t have a smartphone, although 40% do have a…

US: Florida strawberry farm to pay civil penalties and back pay

A Florida strawberry farm has agreed to pay civil penalties and back pay to qualified US workers to settle a claim it discriminated against American workers by employing…

Produce industry leadership program announces class of 2019-2020

The United Fresh Produce Association has announced the members of the 2019-2020 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program Leadership Class 25. Sponsored by a grant from…

New Zealand’s primary sector exports continue to soar

New Zealand’s primary sector exports continue to surpass expectations, with revenue forecast to grow 7.1% on the previous financial year. The Ministry for Primary Industries’…

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas urges ratification of USMCA

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA), along with other organizations representing the U.S. food and agriculture industries, are calling on Members of Congress…

US: Avocados Plus Inc. wins avo patent case

Attorneys from the firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP have won a significant litigation involving a plant patent in the field of avocados for its client Avocados Plus Inc.,…

US: Empire apple breeder Roger Way dies at 100

Roger Way, professor emeritus of pomology and world-renowned apple breeder, died June 2 in State College, Pennsylvania. He was 100 years old. Way gained worldwide recognition…

Cornell University research:

Virus helps onion thrips live longer, doing more harm

Onion crops are vulnerable to a virus known as Iris yellow spot virus (IYSV), which they acquire from insects called onion thrips ( Thrips tabaci ). IYSV causes necrosis in onion plant tissues and leads to millions of dollars of crop losses each year. Thrips can pick up the virus from infected onion…

Agricultural collaboration between Vietnam & South Korea is booming

As part of Korea's strategy for the transfer of agricultural technology to developing countries, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) has been building agricultural…

Provincial Growth Fund boost for New Zealand businesses

The Provincial Growth Fund grants for two Wairoa businesses are expected to boost job opportunities for road and horticulture workers in the region and provide some hope for Wairoa’s prospects. This week, the government announced it would provide $355,000 to fund expansion of The Limery, as well as…

Albanian exports under threat

Kosovo warns of second trade war

What seem to be threats of a trade war have been uttered by Kosovo against Albanian products exported to that nation. More specifically, Kosovo has decided that if by July 1, 2019 the Albania…

Collaborative for Fresh Produce announces new partnership

Feeding America®, Feeding Texas and the Collaborative for Fresh Produce (Collaborative) have announced a new partnership with the aim to address hunger and food waste in the…

Buying trip to Costa Rica offered to food and produce companies

Costa Rica invites a select group of companies interested in exploring export potential to San Jose from September 17 to 19, 2019. The 21st Buyers Trade Mission Costa Rica (BTMCR) is one of the largest business conferences in Latin America, according to Procomer - Costa Rica’s trade promotion entity.…

Australia: Next level ban on single-use plastic

The citizens of Canberra are often willing to give things a go that would be dismissed out of hand in more socially conservative states and territories. The latest initiative,…

Nuristan province

Afghanistan: 550 kgs of explosives discovered in vegetables truck

Nuristan police forces seized 550 kilograms of explosives from a vegetables truck. The Ministry of Interior said Monday that the police also arrested two people in connection to the smuggling of these explosives. According to a Ministry statement, the militants had placed the explosives inside 55 sacks.…

Several US companies discuss Trump's tariffs

Several American consumer companies have warned that costs related to tariffs on goods imported from China would weigh on their results. The United States increased tariffs on…

Californian crops take hit from spring storms

Amid the hot weather baking much of California this week, the spate of rain and hail that hit the state last month may have faded from memory—but not for farmers who continue to tally damage from the spring storms. Farmers, pest control advisers and agricultural commissioners report damage to crops…

Drought ravages salad-bowl regions

Australia: Queensland farmer spends $800,000 carting water

This summer season, Queensland fruit and vegetable growers have to go to extraordinary lengths to grow crops. One farmer has spent in excess of $800,000 this season on having…

UK: Consultation on plans to move New Spitalfields, Billingsgate and Smithfield markets to Dagenham

In April, Barking Reach at Dagenham Dock was chosen as the preferred site to "consolidate and relocate" the world renowned Smithfield, Billingsgate and New Spitalfields…

Qatar: Mahaseel vegetables arrive at Al Meera

Locally-produced vegetables from Mahaseel, the marketing arm of Hassad Food, are now available in Al Meera stores. Mahaseel, which was established by Hassad with the aim of supporting the private agricultural sector in achieving self-sufficiency, aims to contribute to said self-sufficiency in the…

Ghana’s vegetable subsector in sorry state

In Ghana, the once lucrative business of harvesting vegetables for the export market is apparently losing its lustre. This is due to a combination of factors, the main ones…

Central Bank Brazil denies even studying a monetary union

A common Brazil-Argentina currency?

President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has suggested that South America's two largest economies might have a single currency, akin to the euro. However, this statement was…

Netafim –  helping growers to Grow More with Less

Netafim Australia is the ANZ subsidiary of Netafim Pty Ltd which is a global company that was founded by farmers from a Kibbutz in Israel. Netafim ANZ is employing 100+…

Fall armyworm detected in Taiwan

Taiwanese agriculture officials have confirmed that the caterpillars found on a farm in Miaoli County last week have been identified as fall armyworms ( Spodoptera frugiperda ), an invasive species that has devastated crops across north America, Africa, the middle east and continental Asia in recent years. The suspect larvae…

Universities of Cambridge / Bordeaux

Scientists discover gene that could help crops grow faster

Plant scientists at the Universities of Cambridge and Bordeaux have discovered a gene that they hope can be used to widen a nutrient trafficking bottleneck and potentially…

North Carolina State University

New microneedle technique speeds detection of plant diseases

Researchers have developed a new technique that uses microneedle patches to collect DNA from plant tissues in just one minute, rather than the hours needed for conventional…

Oregon State University

New US study finds wasp that can help control stink bugs

A new study by Oregon State University states that biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug - an invasive pest that devastates gardens and crops - would be more…

Yuan falls near its low of the year versus the dollar

Trump: “US needs ‘fair playing field’ against China’s weaker currency"

President Trump says the US needs a “fair playing field” against China’s weakening currency, as this is nullifying the impact of the US tariffs. In an interview on CNBC, he said that China’s president and can essentially directly impact monetary policy. Trump said China has given itself a “tremendous…

World Food Prize awarded to East-West Seed founder Simon N. Groot

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President of the World Food Prize Foundation Kenneth M. Quinn announced Simon N. Groot as the 2019 World Food Prize Laureate. Mr. Groot has played a transformative role in improving the health and economic opportunities of small farmer communities in more than 60…

New Zealand kiwifruit company Trevelyan's reports environmental gains

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit company Trevelyan's has released a report showing the business has reduced its carbon footprint and is working towards operating as sustainably as…

AUSVEG Reverse Trade Mission

Australian fruit and vegetable growers showcase produce to international buyers

Next week, it will be time for the annual AUSVEG Reverse Trade Mission, commissioned by Hort Innovation and supported by the Victorian Government. It will be attended by importers, wholesalers and retailers from six export markets within Asia. The 2019 Reverse Trade Mission is part of a strategic levy…

Secretary of State Pompeo: 'diplomacy at its finest’

Trump threatens more tariffs on Mexico over part of immigration deal

On Monday, president Trump hinted more details were to come about a migration pact the United States signed with Mexico last week, saying another portion of the deal with Mexico would need to be ratified by Mexican lawmakers. Without going into detail, he threatened tariffs if Mexico’s Congress did not…

Japanese farmers' group opens online store for Hong Kong shoppers

Japan's nationwide association of farmers has opened an online store for Hong Kong shoppers to directly market fresh produce and tap into overseas consumer needs. On June 6,…

Egyptian export opportunities to Italy exceeded €8 mln in first five months 2019

The Egyptian Commercial Representative office in Milan reported export opportunities worth more than €8 million over the past five months. According to First Undersecretary of…

AU: Entry deadline looming for Gippsland’s Excellence In Agribusiness Awards

Gippsland agribusinesses have got until the end of this week to enter the inaugural Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards. Awards Program Coordinator Kate Gunn has already received a good number of entries across the nine categories, but there’s still plenty of time to grow that…

US imports of select Mexican agricultural products in 2018

According to an article on ibtimes.com , the tariffs on Mexican goods scheduled to go into effect next Monday could cost American households dearly. While cars and auto parts make up the largest chunk of US imports from the south, Mexico is also an important supplier of agricultural goods to the United…


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