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Israel May Seek U.S. Pistachio & Vegetable Imports Due to Turkish Trade Ban

USDA Foreign Ag Service — Turkey, Israel’s third largest foreign supplier of imported agricultural and related products, recently announced a ban on all trade with Israel due to the regional conflict. Accordingly, Israeli importers may look to source certain agricultural imports from elsewhere. Israel’s leading agricultural and related imports from Turkey include fresh and processed agricultural produce—specifically tomatoes, olive oil, cucumbers, onions, and eggplant. For the …

USDA Funding to Address Specialty Crop Export Challenges

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis M. Taylor today announced the availability of funding for the first five projects under the new Assisting Specialty Crop Exports (ASCE) initiative. The ASCE initiative is part of USDA’s commitment to create more, new and better markets at home and abroad for U.S. producers and agribusinesses. The …

California Fruits and Vegetables Prove Some of the Safest in the World

Newly released California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) data show that 97% of fresh fruit and vegetable samples collected and tested contain no illegal pesticide residue. The department’s 2022 California Pesticide Residue Monitoring Annual Report includes information on 3,281 produce samples collected from more than 500 businesses throughout California. Key findings from the report include: 97% of fresh produce tested …

Organic Vegetables Market Size Worth $74.2 Billion in 2029

According to Adroit Market Research, the size of the Organic Vegetables Market is expected to be worth USD 74.20 Billion in 2029, growing at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2021 to 2029. Growing consumer interest in health and wellbeing, as well as worries about chemical exposure and pesticide residues, have increased demand for organic goods, especially vegetables. Customers are becoming …

Webinar on Basic Mushroom Growing, Harvesting and Packing Activities Under Produce Safety Rule

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will hold an informational webinar on Thursday, May 30, 2024, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm ET on basic mushroom growing, harvesting, holding, and packing activities under the Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Part 112.1. The Produce Safety rule established, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables …

Compost Tax Credit Bill for California Farmers Progresses Through Legislature

California growers investing in compost to boost soil fertility on the farm may soon reap additional benefits in the form of a tax credit. Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) joined Matthew Malcolm on California Ag Network to share how this promising CAWG-sponsored bill is currently making its way through legislature. Watch this brief video to learn …

2024 International Produce Excellence In Foodservice Awards Featured In Monterey, CA

The International Fresh Produce Association has announced the names of the winners of the 2024 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards. Sponsored by FreshEdge, this prestigious awards program honors chefs and foodservice operators across the country for their produce innovation, creativity, and all-around excellence in the use of fresh produce in the culinary arts. Along with global exposure, the winners also …

Unearthing Opportunities in Fresh Potato Retail Sales

While fresh potatoes are the number three seller in produce department dollar sales, retail analysts suggest there is still substantial opportunity for growth. To help grocers seize potatoes’ full potential, Potatoes USA has released a new educational series filled with fresh data and actionable recommendations. “Fresh potatoes are the number one selling vegetable accounting for more than 10% of all …

Root Inhibitor Herbicide Injury in Tomatoes

Root inhibitor herbicides such as Trifluralin (Treflan HFP) and Pendimethalin (ProwlH2O) are soil applied and preplant- incorporated and used for control of many annual grasses and broadleaves in processing tomatoes in the Central Valley. This year, I have seen symptoms from these root inhibiting herbicide injury in a processing tomato field and the damage was quite uniform and widespread in …

Soil-less Substrates for Greenhouse Strawberry Production

Soil-less substrates in pots or bags can be replaced year to year, eliminating the need for crop rotation and fumigation. This system is often used in conjunction with greenhouse or tunnel systems for environmental protection, and the crop can be placed at any height for more ergonomic and effective labor usage. Additionally, most of the structural and irrigation components of …

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