Pence, Ross, to Talk Trade with Japan

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

Vice President Mike Pence and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will travel to Japan to discuss trade later this month. The duo is scheduled to travel to Tokyo on April 18th. The U.S. officials will meet with Japan's finance, foreign and industry Ministers. Japan is the top export market for the U.S. pork industry, and the…

Mexico Approves ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta

Josh McGill Industry News Release

Mexico has signed-off on ChemChina’s acquisition of Swiss-based Syngenta. The Federal Economic Competition Commission of Mexico recently announced approval the $43 billion takeover of Syngenta by the state-owned Company, ChemChina. The two companies call the move a step towards closing the transaction, which is expected to take place in the second quarter of this year.…

Grow Your Own Watermelons This Summer

Josh McGill Top Posts

Watermelons are a great treat for beating the heat. They also prefer the heat if you’re thinking about growing your own this year. Soils need to be at least 70 degrees to avoid problems with germination. You can start the seedlings indoors, or in a greenhouse, then transplant them when the weather is favorable. Watermelons…

Nutrients Are Nice, but Produce Better Pass the Taste Test

Josh McGill Produce, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Consumers want produce that tickles their taste buds and is easy on the eye, but they think quality fruits and vegetables are a matter of luck, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. The fact that consumers purchase produce to satisfy their senses –…

Blueberry Consumption Set to Continue Climbing

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

From the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council  Folsom, Calif. April 10, 2017 – With global blueberry production up 40 percent 2012-2016 and projected to reach 1.45 billion lbs. in 20171, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) is focused on driving demand upward on the same trajectory. U.S. per capita blueberry consumption grew 599 percent from 1994-2014…

Freeze Gets Best of Georgia Blueberries

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

  The Georgia blueberry industry is facing a pretty tough situation this season. The late freeze that occurred March 15–16 impacted the crops severely. Temperatures were reported as low as 22 degrees as far south as the Florida line. Add in a very warm winter to the mix, and it creates one hectic season for…

Conference Highlights Women’s Role in Agriculture Advocacy

Abbey Taylor Top Posts

Agriculture advocacy, politics and food technology were among topics for the annual Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Conference this week in Birmingham. More than 250 Federation members from around the state attended the conference, which was held in conjunction with the Alabama Farm-City Awards program at the Hyatt Regency—Winfrey Hotel. Cullman County’s Lisa Lake has…

USDA Warns it Only Takes One Person to Spread Harmful Invasive Pests

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

April is Awareness Month for Invasive Plant Pests   Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts. It only takes one person who moves one piece of infested firewood, one infected plant, or…