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  • The big red hand picks Australian vegetables for freezing

    AUSVEG, the National Peak Industry body representing Australian vegetable and potato growers, has welcomed an initiative rolled out on Australia Day by retailer Coles to replace all of its Smart Buy frozen vegetables with 100 per cent Australian grown vegetables and potatoes. The agreement comes in the form of a five-year contract that the retailer has inked with Simplot, who operate vegetable ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Cherry Picking Season is here! Keep birds away from trees

    Springtime brings fresh fruit and chirping birds. This can lead to problems, especially for cherry growers. These birds are constantly on the lookout for a new source of food. After all the hard work put into growing cherry trees, the last thing a grower wants is pest birds ruining them. No matter the use for cherry crops, ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • UF/IFAS study: Strawberry growers must pick, harvest earlier for best profit

    Florida strawberry growers must produce more fruit earlier in the growing season — in November and December – to keep a competitive advantage in the global market, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. Florida and California combine to produce 99 percent of the United States’ strawberries, and Florida ranks as the biggest producer ...

  • Time is ripe for wine grapes

    Grape berry ripening is occurring earlier and the harvest season is becoming shorter, possibly due to increases in atmospheric temperatures and CO2 levels. This is causing wineries considerable difficulty in accurately scheduling harvests to maximise the wine-making potential of some grape varieties. “We discovered that the application of certain plant-growth regulators can delay berry ...

  • UF/IFAS method detects 83% of immature citrus; helping cut costs

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found a new way to detect immature citrus 83 percent of the time, which lets growers know where to apply fertilizer and water and perhaps save on labor costs for the $10.9 billion a year Florida industry. By detecting green, immature citrus more accurately and efficiently, ...

  • Preserving the best qualities of `Honeycrisp` apples

    'Honeycrisp' apples are among the most popular varieties in today's fresh fruit market. The apple's explosive crispness, juiciness, and flavor have made them a new favorite among consumers. However, the apples' distinctive characteristics are at peak only when they are properly grown, picked at optimum maturity, and stored under ideal conditions. A new research study in the August 2015 issue of ...

  • Machine harvesting may increase apple supply for hard cider market

    Cider - or "hard cider" as it is typically known in the United States - is experiencing a real revival. The fermented apple juice with 0.5% to 7% alcohol-by-volume is the fastest growing alcohol market segment in the US, boasting a 54% increase in production annually from 2007 to 2012. Naturally, increasing consumer demand for cider translates to a need for more apples to make quality cider ...

  • UF/IFAS researchers could improve how companies ship fresh produce

    A University of Florida-led research team’s development of a tracking system could change the way companies ship fresh fruits and vegetables, letting them know which produce is closest to expiration and providing consumers the freshest products available. Jeffrey Brecht, director of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Center for Food Distribution and Retailing, ...

  • Pip, pip hooray, it’s National Cherry Day!

    Saturday 17 July is National Cherry Day and there’s something to celebrate as British cherry orchards begin to grow again. During the 20th century Britain lost 90 per cent of our cherry orchards. But between 2003 and 2008 they increased by 17 per cent. However, despite the good news, the UK still imports around 95 per cent of our cherries. Food and Farming ...

  • Apples top new `Dirty Dozen` list

    Environmental Working Group has released the seventh edition of its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated information on 53 fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlights the worst offenders with its "Dirty Dozen" list and the cleanest conventional produce with its "Clean 15" list. Analysts at EWG synthesized data collected from the U.S. Department of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Big Hanna at Millets Farm Centre, Frilford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

    Millets Farm Centre has an extensive range of facilities including a farm shop, garden centre, cafe, craft gallery and restaurants. For the children they have a farm zoo and play area. The farmhouse restaurant is open daily and meetings, weddings and Parties can be booked in the Lake view restaurant.  From June to September Millets Farm has more than 75 acres of crops ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Healthier processed food? Essence of strawberry could be the key

     University of Florida scientists believe they have pinpointed the exact compounds in strawberries that give the fruit its delightfully unique flavor – findings that will allow UF breeders to create more flavorful varieties even faster. What’s more, the researchers believe that eventually, those naturally occurring compounds will be used to make processed foods taste ...

  • Intelex celebrates the holiday in style

    Intelex celebrated the holiday season with a night of dinner and dancing on Saturday, December 4th at The Carlu, a unique and historical venue in downtown Toronto. Guests enjoyed a varied menu of hors d'oeuvres including mini beef burgers, pulled chicken & mulled pear quiches, grilled prawns, seasoned potato wedges, mini salmon pot pies, and ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Toyota Joint Tree-planting Project in Philippines Receives Gold Rating

    Tokyo, Jan 29, 2010 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces that on December 20, 2009, its joint tree-planting project in the Philippines obtained a gold rating under the widely used, international Climate, Community and Biodiversity Project Design Standards (CCB Standards). The Philippine Penablanca Sustainable Reforestation Project has been ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • Ag tourism touted as way to boost rural economies

    With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters- including a dancing lemon - Bloomery Plantation Distillery has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as Laos and Iceland. The West Virginia mini-distillery is part of a growing agriculture tourism trend that advocates say can help revive struggling rural economies. Ag tourism ...


    By Associated Press

  • OPINION: in a world of abundance, food waste is a crime

    What does the U.S. have in common with countries in sub-Saharan Africa? Both waste large, obscene amounts of food. Better knowledge and technology would reduce food waste, deter environmental damage and, especially in that region of the African continent, reduce the number of people who go hungry each day. In sub-Saharan Africa, at least 265 million people are hungry, heightening the travesty of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Summer produce comes to Ohio Colleges during winter chill

    As students head back to school in the coming weeks, Bon Appétit Management Company has found a new way for its chefs to include tasty summer produce in their menus throughout the fall and winter, and a means to further support local Ohio agriculture. For the first time ever, Bon Appétit chefs at Ohio's Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin College will serve ripe summer ...

  • World population day: Agriculture offers huge opportunities for a planet of 7 billion

    Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planetteamhighlights sustainable ways to feed a growing population while also providing economic opportunities and enhancing the environment.. As the global population increases, so does the number of mouths to feed. The good news is that in addition to providing food, innovations in sustainable agriculture can provide a solution to many of the challenges that a ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Fighting for farmworkers’ rights: an interview with baldemar velasquez

    Incensed by the injustices suffered by his family and other farmworkers, Baldemar Velasquez founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in 1967. FLOC works to give migrant farmworkers across the United States a voice by including them in decision-making processes on conditions that affect their lives. What is your background, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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