El Niño Impact on Blueberry Crop

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This year’s Florida blueberry season had a unique challenge to overcome. The unusually warm winter combined with an El Niño climate phase of cloudy and cool conditions in early spring resulted in harvest of the 2016 Florida blueberry crop hitting its peak approximately three weeks later than normal. Gary England, a multi-county Extension agent, says by the time that Florida growers …

PMA Brings Fresh Produce Insight

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PMA Brings Fresh Produce Insight to White House Meeting on Trade Policy Newark, Del. — Global trade is critical to the fresh produce industry, and Produce Marketing Association (PMA) President Cathy Burns brought the industry’s perspective to a White House meeting on global trade policy Feb 29. The discussion among high-level U.S. trade officials and other leaders from across the …

EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment

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EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees From the Environmental Protection Agency: WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some

The Final Produce Safety Rule

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Where to get Information About the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule The new Produce Safety Rule in the Food Safety Modernization Act was one of the major topics of discussion at the recent Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia. We caught up with Dr. David Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology at …