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Largest CA Processing Tomato Crop Forecasted Since 2015

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has forecasted contracted production for California processing tomatoes at 12.9 million tons for 2023, averaging 50.8 tons per acre. The current production forecast is 23% above last year’s contracted production of 10.5 million tons, and 2% above the May forecast. The projected harvested acreage of tomatoes grown under contract is 254,000 acres, up 13% from 2022. …

USDA Extends Comment Period on Regulatory Status of Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV)

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is issuing a Stakeholder Registry announcement extending the public comment on two pathway risk assessments and three potential regulatory policy options for Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) in fresh tomato and pepper fruit for consumption and plant propagative material (including seeds). The public will have an extra 30 days to provide comments to the …

New Sensor Chip Advances Rapid, Cost-Effective Disease Diagnostics

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists and collaborators at Iowa State University have developed a sensor chip that can detect many disease pathogens with 10 times the sensitivity of currently available methods. The chip also eliminates the need for chemical dye reagents typically used in the diagnostic process. The new technology shows promise for rapid, low-cost point-of-care diagnostic capabilities in plants, foods, …

Connecting the Watermelon Industry with Retail and Foodservice Buyers

The new National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) Watermelon Supplier Database is the perfect platform to connect retail and foodservice buyers with suppliers as the summer season takes off for America’s favorite melon. Each year the NWPB staff promote watermelon to retail and foodservice audiences, both in-person and digitally. When a contact asks where they can get watermelon, this new database …

New Apple Variety Blends Honeycrisp, Cripps Pink

Washington State University’s newest apple variety, WA 64, is a sweet, tart, firmly crisp hybrid of Honeycrisp and Cripps Pink, a variety that includes the well-known Pink Lady®. Officially released for commercial licensing this summer, WA 64 is expected to reach stores in 2029. WSU will select a partner in the coming weeks to make trees available to growers, and the college will choose …

Turlock Irrigation District Comments on Serving Farmers in a Wet Year

With the bountiful supply of much needed rain and snowpack over the winter and spring, watch this brief interview with Michelle Reimers from Turlock Irrigation District as she shares how they are utilizing it, serving and protecting their farming customers this summer with full water allocations. Please thank this video’s sponsor G3 Enterprises for their industry support.

Webinar Reveals Three Actionable Insights On How To Help Close Avocado Demand Gap

Updated findings from a forecast study by CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development, point to a surplus of fresh avocados in the global market by 2030 unless action is taken to create demand. Proactive strategies through promotion similar to the model of the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) are discussed in the Avocado World Market Projection Up to 2030, Version …

Brighter Bites Announces Upcoming Three-Part Webinar Series

Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, announces its upcoming three-part webinar series which will provide more insight and information on the program impact with its followers, supporters, and potential friends. Brighter Bites’ first ever webinar series entitled, “Brighter Bites: Our Not-So-Secret Formula”, aims to educate its audience on the Brighter Bites …

Brighter Bites Announces Upcoming Three-Part Webinar Series

Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, announces its upcoming three-part webinar series which will provide more insight and information on the program impact with its followers, supporters, and potential friends. Brighter Bites’ first ever webinar series entitled, “Brighter Bites: Our Not-So-Secret Formula”, aims to educate its audience on the Brighter Bites …

International Olive Symposium Coming to UC Davis

The IX International Olive Symposium grants a golden opportunity for researchers and industry stakeholders to once again share research findings and industry development, at the University of California, Davis, September 10-14th. This is not an annual event, so take advantage of this rare occasion and visit some of the best places that California has to offer! This 5-day Symposium, hosted by ISHS, will include all …

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