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UPDATED: Industry pioneer Frieda Rapoport Caplan dies

(UPDATED, Jan. 21) Produce industry pioneer Frieda Rapoport Caplan, 96, has died.

Organic produce industry eyes sustainable packaging

Organically grown products and sustainable packaging should go hand in hand, so many organic growers, shippers and distributors are launching programs to reduce the use of plastics.

Poinsettias: A Christmas Crop with a Short Market Window

Christmas may be over and so is the retail market window for growers to sell poinsettias. That's because it only has a retail market until Christmas Day. AgDay journeys to a greenhouse during the retail rush.

New survey shows blueberries are No. 1 recommended fruit

A survey of about 200 U.S.-based registered dietitians by the Folsom, Calif.-based U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council reveals that 86% of those polled said they recommend blueberries frequently or always.

House passes farm labor bill; industry shifts focus to Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act Dec. 11.

FDA: Do not eat Salinas romaine, E. coli traceback continues

As the number of E. coli cases linked to romaine has risen to 40, federal health and regulatory officials are warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce originating from Salinas, Calif.

Wages for Farm Labor Increase from 2018 According to USDA

Congress is taking steps to address the labor crisis facing farmers and ranchers.

The bill now moves to the full house for consideration. It comes on the heels of USDA releasing a new farm labor report.

Talking Fresh Summit and indoor farming companies

The Packer’s Tom Karst visits with Craig Carlson of Carlson Produce Consulting Oct. 25 about the just-concluded 2019 Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit. 

CAST Releases New Pesticide Report

Many people are concerned about exposure to pesticides in the fruits and vegetables they buy. The report comes from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

NJ-based AeroFarms receives sustainability award, launches microgreens

Newark, N.J.-based AeroFarms won the Responsible Business Award for Sustainable Innovation at the Ethical Corporation Awards, a Reuters event.