August 2011

Post image for Volunteers band together to help with storm recovery

Dia Davis arrived at Burlington’s Intervale at 7 a.m. Monday, knowing she would spend the day harvesting vegetables as flood waters from the nearby Winooski River edged into the farm fields. Davis “hurled,” or picked, winter squash out of a field. Other volunteers slogged through water to get to the Intervale farms and harvested whatever [...]

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Post image for Mango Production Increases in Peru

Production of mangoes in Peru will reach approximately 180,000 tonnes from  2011 to 2012, according to the president of the Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (EMPA), Mario Salazar. He said that in the last two seasons domestic production fluctuated between 200 thousand and 250 thousand tons, which meant an overage in production for the [...]

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Post image for Blue Diamond Wins Prestigious Food Safety and Quality Award; Sacramento Manufacturing Facility Named “Plant of the Year”

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Blue Diamond, the leading U.S. almond grower and manufacturer, today announced that their Sacramento manufacturing facility was named “Plant of the Year of the Pinnacle Club” by the American Council for Food Safety & Quality, also known as the DFA of California. The Council, with state-of-the-art [...]

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Robert Morris Adams, 45, of Turlock pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit mail fraud and bank fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud almond growers and nut processors. It happened when Mr. Adams was the plant manager at a nut processing facility. According to the plea agreement, Mr. Adams and other co-defendants caused [...]

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Post image for Changing Economy Helping Florida Citrus Growers Catch Up to Brazilians

HAINES CITY | Brazil’s booming economy makes it an up-and-coming player in the global marketplace, but its citrus industry is being left behind. The changing global economy is making Florida citrus more competitive with its longtime rival, said Tom Spreen, an agricultural economist at the University of Florida in Gainesville and an authority on the [...]

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Post image for Iowa Corn went way too far

Mere weeks from now, Iowa and Iowa State will meet on the gridiron to battle it out in this year’s installment of the Cy-Hawk Series. Thankfully, they won’t end up playing for a Precious Moments trinket. Last week, the Iowa Corn Growers Association announced it would overhaul its newly released abomination of a Cy-Hawk Trophy, [...]

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Post image for Farm life is sweet as bumper mango harvest looms

Northern Territory mango growers are about to start picking what is being hailed as the largest crop in more than seven years. The Territory Mango Growers Association says farmers are hoping to produce around 4.2 million trays this year, two million more than last year. Barry Albrecht from Arnhem Mangos says it will be a [...]

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Post image for Meet the Farmers Special tasting dinners feature the farmers, fishermen and chefs who harvest the food.

While attending the first Meet the Farmers event at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, farmer Marvin Wilhite remarked that this was only second time in his life that he had walked into the lobby of the luxurious hotel, the first being his wedding night. In April, Meet the Farmers brought together local and regional farmers and [...]

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Post image for So. Georgia pecan growers affected by drought

Pelham, Ga (WTXL) — Liz Farris says the extreme hot and dry conditions are taking a toll on her 100 acre pecan farm. Her more than 700 trees are made up of mostly Stuart pecans.She believes they are the most sensitive to the extreme heat. Many of the nuts have started falling and the trees [...]

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WENATCHEE, Wash. — Washington’s commercial tree fruit growers are being asked to double research and outreach assessments on their crops to contribute $32 million over eight years for added research at Washington State University. The Washington State Department of Agriculture mailed ballots to about 3,000 growers Aug. 10. The ballots are due back to the [...]

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Post image for Growers warn bad apples could spoil whole industry

THE Gillard government has been accused of abandoning Australian apple and pear farmers by giving New Zealand the green light to import apples into the country. The government yesterday lifted a long-held ban on the importation of New Zealand apples, opening up the domestic market to a new competitor and, it is argued, the incursion [...]

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Post image for Tough times for horticulture

Australia is renowned for a rich abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. But an avalanche of factors is hurting producers deeply. The floods and strange summer weather across the nation have destroyed crops and trees. The strong Aussie dollar and high labour costs have caused processors to shut shop, and quarantine inspection fees have risen [...]

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Post image for Argentina launches fruit assistance fund in Rio Negro

Fruit growers in the Argentine province of Río Negro will now have access to ARS77 million (US$18.45 million) in assistance funding that has been granted by Federal and Provincial governments, website Telam.com.ar reported. The announcement was made by Minister for the Economy Amado Boudou yesterday, following a meeting with various ministers and authorities, Río Negro [...]

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Post image for Investment in bee research good for BC honey, fruit growers

SURREY (NEWS1130) – A big cash injection into honeybee research could mean tastier blueberries and honey for you in the not-too-distant future. The province is giving $25 million to researchers at Genome BC to help the province’s 130 commercial beekeepers, but also BC’s fruit growers, by finding the best honeybees for pollinating and the best [...]

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