Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Blueberry importers expect good Argentina season

Argentina blueberry prospects appear solid for the September through December season, marketers say.

New podcast launched for citrus producers 

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Southeast AgNet are partnering to provide the latest news on citrus-related research in a monthly podcast. 
Sep 11, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Citrus

Eastern apple growers look for easier H-2A program

Eastern apple growers are increasingly using the H-2A program for guest workers, but that doesn’t mean it is easy.
Sep 11, 2018 by Tom Karst #Eastern Apples, #Labor, #Apples

Hess Bros. Fruit looks for full apple crop

Hess Bros. Fruit Co., Lancaster, Pa., is expecting close to a full crop this fall, said Andy Figart, sales and marketing manager.

CPS calls for research proposals

The Center for Produce Safety is accepting requests for proposals on food safety research for 2019.

North Carolina growers brace for Hurricane Florence

 Skies were sunny and blue on Sept. 11 in Chadbourn, N.C., but Hurricane Florence was bound to change that reality by Sept. 12 or Sept. 13.

Monterey Mushrooms awards $235,000 in scholarships

Watsonville, Calif.-based Monterey Mushrooms has recently presented 127 children of its employees with $235,000 in scholarship awards for the 2018-19 academic year.

USA Pears celebrates harvest start with new celebrity spokesperson

Portland, Ore.-based USA pears kicked off the start of the 2018 harvest season with actress Amy Smart’s new role as official spokesperson for the group.
Sep 07, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Pears

USDA lingers over cranberry diversion proposal 

With harvest starting later this month, cranberry growers are still waiting on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to decide on a proposal to cut the allowable amount of fruit marketed in the 2018-19 season by about 25%.

A pragmatic approach to checkoffs

Can a voluntary checkoff program work?