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Produce groups receive $ millions to offset tariffs, trade barriers

The USDA named 49 recipients of Agricultural Trade Promotion funds — designed to spur new export markets for growers hurt by tariffs and other trade disruptions — including 11 produce industry groups.
Jul 19, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Exports, #USDA, #China

Interim tree fruit center named at Washington State University

Washington State University professor and horticulturalist Kate Evans is the interim director of the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.

Paul Hulsbos joins NatureFresh Farms in Mexico

NatureFresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario, has hired Paul Hulsbos as procurement manager, based in Mexico.

Apple Acres opens NY packing facility

Apple Acres LLC, Lafayette, N.Y., has opened a 60,000-square-foot packing facility, in time for the new apple crop, with harvest starting this month.

California avocado growers talk labor, trade with Sonny Perdue

Agriculture Sonny Perdue toured an avocado grove in Escondido, Calif., discussing water and labor issues with growers and industry members.

Senators sponsor bill to boost inspectors of imports

Four U.S. senators have introduced legislation to boost the number of federal employees inspecting food at the borders.

Border ag specialists find ‘highly unusual’ pests entering Florida

Agricultural specialists with the Customs and Border Protection recently intercepted several “highly unusual” pests at Port Manatee, Fla.

Hazel Tech reports success with tropical fruit shipments

Hazel Technologies Inc., Miami, has completed successful commercial trials with tropical fruit distributors, seeing reduced shrink rates of up to 50%.

FDA, papaya company discuss recall, disagree on evidence

Despite requests from the Food and Drug Administration, the distributor of Mexican papayas named by the agency in an outbreak of salmonella has declined so far to issue a recall.

Mexico tomato growers say data confirms no dumping in the U.S.

Growers of Mexican tomatoes recently submitted data to the U.S. Commerce Department and groups representing them say the information shows they are not dumping tomatoes into the U.S.