Tom Karst

Tom Karst

UPDATED: Trump announces Mexico trade agreement

President Trump said Monday that a trade “understanding” has been reached with Mexico.

Extreme heat shouldn't hurt Idaho/E. Oregon onions

Idaho and eastern Oregon onion grower-shippers were off to a very hot start in mid-August, with extreme temperatures curtailing early harvest activities.

Problems and answers on food loss in produce crops

Yes, there is another food waste study.

Trump administration considers changes to hours of service rules

After months of complaints tying new electronic logging device regulations for truckers on increased costs and shipping delays, the Trump administration is considering changes to its hours of service regulations.

System allows avocado shippers to determine ripeness

A rapid and non-invasive way to measure dry matter content, which would help determine ripeness in avocados, is close to commercialization.

Trump trade tactics bring out doubters, but believers persist

I was visiting with my 30-something son last night and he was remarking about President Trump’s incredible energy. He also marveled at how Trump simplifies all the issues he deals with to black and white.

Best ways to spur organic sales

What are the best ways to spur organic sales at the retail level?

Lancaster Foods sees growth in organics, value-added

Demand growth in organic produce and value-added fruits and vegetables are key trends for Jessup, Md.-based Lancaster Foods.

UPDATED: Apeel Sciences hires former Sun World exec Gordon Robertson

(UPDATED, 4:15) Charged with building the company’s sales and building out its sales force, Gordon Robertson is the new chief revenue officer at Goleta, Calif.-based Apeel Sciences. 
Aug 16, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #People

Bigger farms bear food safety costs easiest, study says

When it comes to bearing the cost of produce safety rules, the bigger the farm, the better.