Tom Karst

Tom Karst

PMA to honor Rich Dachman, Vic Smith at Fresh Summit

The Produce Marketing Association will honor Rich Dachman and Vic Smith with leadership awards at Fresh Summit in Anaheim, Calif.
Oct 09, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #PMA, #Awards, #People

U.S. imports of European citrus face 25% tariff

U.S. importers of European citrus will soon have to pay an additional 25% tariff after the World Trade Organization sided with the U.S. in its dispute with the European Union over illegal subsidies to Airbus.

North Carolina leads U.S. sweet potato production

North Carolina sweet potato shipments accounted for 70% of U.S. sweet potato shipments in 2018, down slightly from 73% in 2017 and even with 2016.

Groups developing updated agenda for organic research

The Organic Farming Research Foundation and the Organic Seed Alliance have been given a $500,000 grant through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Organic Research and Extension Initiative.

United Nations group joins fight against banana disease

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has stepped forward to fight the spread of Tropical Race 4 (TR4) strain of fusarium wilt in Latin American and Caribbean banana-growing regions.
Oct 08, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Bananas

Clear Labs’ platform receives listeria testing certification

Clear Labs' Clear Safety platform has received Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC) Performance Tested Methods certification for genus listeria and Listeria monocytogenes testing. 

AgroFresh Solutions helps foresee bitter pit in Honeycrisp

Philadelphia-based AgroFresh Solutions’ FreshCloud Predictive Screening system has added capabilities to help Honeycrisp apple growers.

PBH brings retail dietitians to Fresh Summit

The Produce for Better Health Foundation is bringing more than 20 retail dietitians to its 2019 Education2Action Retail Dietitian Event at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.

Mark Nicholson joins Fair Food Network as policy director

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Fair Food Network has hired apple industry veteran Mark Nicholson as its policy director.
Oct 03, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #People