Tom Karst

Tom Karst

2020 potato acreage cuts could be big

2020 U.S. potato acreage is likely to be down substantially in response to disappearing foodservice demand for frozen potatoes and large count-carton potatoes in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions.

Shay Myers garners spotlight on food losses, COVID-19 pressures

The disconnect between long lines at food banks and images of wasted produce has struck a nerve with the American public.

Oppy tests Hazel shelf-life technology on South American grapes

The Oppenheimer Group has concluded a grape quality trial using Hazel Technologies shelf-life extending sachets in pallets of imported of South Africa red seedless grapes.

USDA approves imports of fresh citrus from China

Despite consistent long-term opposition from some U.S. citrus leaders, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved U.S. imports of Chinese pummelo, nanfeng honey mandarin, ponkan, sweet orange, and satsuma mandarins.

Senators call on USDA to pay growers, ramp up produce purchases

Twenty-nine U.S. senators have asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to directly pay specialty crop growers and to immediately increase purchases of fresh produce for food banks and federal feeding programs.

Dandrea Produce’s Ron Dandrea dies

Produce industry veteran Ron Dandrea, 57, died April 11.

Agricultural innovation needed and the USDA is open to ideas

What kind of innovation is needed to feed x(number) billion people in Y(date)?

York looks back on four decades and looks forward to challenges

Tim York began working in the produce industry after college, without knowing he would never leave it.

PMA sets speakers for April 15 Virtual Town Hall

A panel of retail and foodservice experts will share their perspectives on the COVID-19 crisis at the Produce Marketing Association’s April 15 Virtual Town Hall.

U.S. tree fruit groups urge federal relief for sector

The U.S. Apple Association, the Northwest Horticultural Council and other organizations have asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider the needs of tree fruit growers when allocating funds from the CARES Act.