Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Putting a finer point on export trends

With this blog post, I have included a series of charts showing export sales of fresh fruit and vegetables to some of the biggest export destinations for U.S. producers.

Organic price premiums slip sliding, Rabobank report says

Grower-shippers must pace their conversion of land to organic production or risk losing premium pricing, a new report from Rabobank says.

“Student driver” and the Big Idaho Potato Truck

The Idaho Potato Commission released a new commercial in its long-running Big Idaho Potato Truck series on Aug. 31 during the ESPNews broadcast of Boise State University’s football season opener against Florida State.

Potatoes USA drops culinary group, asks other ag groups to follow

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Potatoes USA is ending its investment in and association with the Culinary Institute of America.

Mexican tomato import volume steady, but value lower

U.S. imports of Mexican tomatoes in July showed gains in volume compared with a year ago but experienced declines in price.

Anthropomorphize this! Ugly produce needs a friend

That cucumber shouldn't be trashed; it is merely a senior citizen.

Indian River citrus region spared hurricane damage

Florida’s Indian River citrus region dodged major damage from Hurricane Dorian.
Sep 04, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Citrus

Salix Fruits look for growth in Argentina lemon program

Atlanta, Ga.-based Salix Fruits is concluding its second season of importing Argentina lemons to the U.S., with bigger volume expected in future years.
Sep 04, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Lemons

‘Big Potato’ seeks policy advances

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The National Potato Council — “big potato,” as some critics sometimes call it — is working hard to protect the interests of growers, Kam Quarles says.

Half of fresh produce is lost on the journey from farm to consumer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research has just released a new data series on loss-adjusted per capita food availability.