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Research Reveals Promise For Expanding Hard Cider Industry

November 20, 2014 2:25 pm | by Hort Technology | News | Comments

Hard cider consumption is trending steeply upward in the region surrounding food-conscious Seattle, and Washington is part of the nation’s hard cider revival. The amount of cider produced in the state tripled between 2007 and 2012.     

McDonald's Refuses to Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 17, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically...

18 Killed, 13 Injured in Chinese Carrot-Packaging Plant

November 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire in a carrot-packaging plant has killed 18 people in eastern China. An additional 13...

Florida Grapefruit Season is Back and Looking Positive

November 13, 2014 10:15 am | by Florida Department of Citrus | News | Comments

Growers are continuing to find innovative...

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Port Problems Endanger Apple Exports

November 12, 2014 9:28 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations.                 

Showdown Looms as Calif. Eyes Pesticides

November 10, 2014 10:14 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chief among the complaints of organic growers: The California Department of Food and Agriculture's pest-management plan says compulsory state pesticide spraying of organic crops would do no economic harm to organic producers, on the grounds that the growers could sell sprayed crops as non-organic instead.

USDA Approves a Genetically Modified Potato

November 10, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals.               

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81-Year-Old Charged With Looting Tangerine Grove

November 7, 2014 1:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Deputies in Florida say an 81-year-old man picked thousands of tangerines — 11 truckloads worth — and then sold the stolen bounty at a nearby market. Herman Southall was charged with transporting citrus without a certificate, grand theft and trespassing. 

VIDEO: Salty Potatoes Spur Food Revolution

November 5, 2014 10:34 am | by Reuters Plus | Videos | Comments

A Dutch farmer is using diluted sea water to successfully grow crops, a breakthrough that could potentially minimize the impact of increasingly salinated fresh water reserves due to climate change, as well as save thousands of coastal farms around the world. 

VIDEO: Why Do Apples Turn Brown?

November 4, 2014 8:00 am | by SciShow | Videos | Comments

Why do apples turn brown after you cut them, or when they rot? Basically for the same reason that human hair, eyes and skin is brown, too. Not that we're calling you rotten. Quick Questions explains!             

Simple Paper Keeps Produce Fresh Up to 2-4 Times Longer

October 30, 2014 10:55 am | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

Fenugreen, a simple piece of paper infused with a mixture of organic spices and botanicals that inhibit bacterial and fungal growth and extend the life of quickly perishable produce, is featured in the week's segment of The Lempert Report Innovation Series.

Chiquita Accepts $681M Deal With Brazilian Bidders

October 27, 2014 2:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has agreed to sell itself to two Brazilian companies for approximately $681 million. The deal comes just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

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VIDEO: Cider Week in America

October 24, 2014 12:25 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Time to get boozy with this season’s crop of hard cider. Cider Week returns to America beginning Friday, Oct. 24 and lasting until Nov. 2. The annual festivals celebrate regionally produced cider with a series of drinking events, free tastings, special cocktails and classes at local venues.

First Lady: 'Turnip For What' Video Goes Viral

October 24, 2014 10:15 am | by What's Trending | Videos | Comments

DJ Snake and Lil Jon have some serious competition from Michelle Obama ...and a turnip?! On Tuesday, the White House posted a 6-second Vine of the first lady dancing — root vegetable in hand — to the tune of "Turn Down for What."    

Brazilian Companies Raise Chiquita Offer

October 23, 2014 2:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million — a day before Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.     

France Reclaims Title as World's Largest Wine Maker

October 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

France has reclaimed its crown as world's biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy's wine production plunge 15 percent. Total world wine production is set to fall 6 percent this year to 271 million hectoliters.     

Bailey Farms Recalls 6K Pounds of Chile Peppers

October 22, 2014 3:26 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Bailey Farms, Inc. of Oxford, NC is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.   

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Brazilian Pair Boosts Bid For Chiquita

October 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita already has a merger agreement in place with Irish fruit importer Fyffes. The shareholders would own about 40 percent. If the deal goes through, it would create the world's largest banana supplier.            

Onion Growers Relieved by Water Rule Change

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Onion growers say their customers may be more demanding than the federal government has been in setting new rules for irrigation water quality.                              

Hard Cider Drinkers Give Apple Growers a New Revenue Stream

October 16, 2014 9:26 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

With hard cider making a hardcore comeback across the country, apple growers are tapping a juicy new revenue stream by establishing farmstead cideries and planting varieties too tart or tannic for the lunchbox but perfect for smashing and fermenting into distinctive artisanal brews.

Sewing Needles Lodged in Potatoes at P.E.I. French Fry Plant

October 16, 2014 9:11 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Police in Prince Edward Island say the metal objects found in six potatoes in Atlantic Canada in the last week were sewing needles and they have expanded their investigation to include a french fry production facility in the province.     

Whole Foods to Begin Ranking Produce by Eco-Friendliness

October 15, 2014 9:59 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.           

Stomping Out Grape Disease One Vineyard at a Time

October 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by American Society for Microbiology 2014 meeting | News | Comments

Cracking the genetic code of a common disease affecting grape production could improve vineyard management and help protect the multibillion-dollar industry that includes raisins, juice, jam/jelly, fresh grapes, grape-seed extract and oil, vinegar and wine.

USDA Gives Maine $600K to Invest in Specialty Crops

October 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will give Maine $602,679 to invest in ten specialty crop initiatives. The initiatives will help strengthen food products such as potatoes, wild blueberries and maple syrup.           

Photo: Eco-Friendly Product Allows Produce to Grow From Fish

September 24, 2014 10:28 am | by Sphereness | News | Comments

Most people want to live healthier, and the Vegua offers an opportunity for people to grow organic produce effortlessly in their own home. The core concept of the Vegua is to raise awareness about food production and the importance of a sustainable society. 

Infographic: A Guide to Fall Food

September 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Health Central | News | Comments

While we'll miss the exciting flavors of Summer, we're stoked to see Autumn produce hitting the local groceries. From squashes to pomegranates, take a look at this list of Fall favorites along with their incredible health benefits.      

Organic Leaders Assess Future Challenges

September 23, 2014 9:12 am | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

Organic Trade Association Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha noted that organic acreage and production in the United States have not kept up with the growth in organic demand.              

USDA Approves Genetically Modified Corn, Soybean Seeds

September 18, 2014 10:11 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. The agriculture industry has been anxiously awaiting the approvals, as many weeds have not become resistant to glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide on corn and soybeans.

Infographic: Look Who's Buying Organic

September 18, 2014 9:46 am | by Hartman Group | News | Comments

As consumer understanding of organic and natural foods evolves, people gain more awareness of and knowledge about these topics than ever before. This infographic shows which generation groups are buying organic.           

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