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  • “Willy Wonka” of Vegetables to Inspire Aussie Vegetable Growers

    The ingenious mastermind behind several strange and wonderful varieties of watercress that resemble the taste of oysters, liquorice and citrus is set to join an exciting panel of speakers at an industry-first seminar next month. Dutch cultivator Rob Baan will provide highly-anticipated insight into his sustainable and innovative horticultural enterprise, Koppert Cress, at the 2014 Produce ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Produce Safety Rule to Change the Way Fresh Fruit, Vegetables Are Grown and Handled

    Ever since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January 2011 and the act’s Produce Safety Rule was proposed two years later, fruit and vegetable growers have waited for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to finalize the regulations they will be expected to follow on the farm. Now that the FDA has done so — the final Produce Safety rule was printed in the Federal ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Providing more lower-grade fruit may not increase consumption

    New research suggests that increasing the availability of lower grade fresh fruit and vegetables may not be the answer to increasing its consumption. The research by Cranfield University set out to understand what affects fruit and vegetable demand.  Of those surveyed, the research identified that the fresh produce industry perceived that the ‘5-a-day’ message has had little ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Veolia`s Nottinghamshire composting plant plans rejected

    Veolia Environmental Services’ planning application to build a composting plant next to a fresh food supplier in Nottingham has been refused by the local authority. Despite planning officers recommending the construction of the plant, Nottinghamshire County Council unanimously refused the application because of its possible impact on ...

  • Exciting News for Vineland with FedDev Investment Announcement

    Member of Parliament Vance Badawey, Niagara Centre and Member of Parliament Chris Bittle, St. Catharines announced $5.76 million in FedDev Ontario funding for Vineland’s new Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre at a special event June 3. Hon Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair were also present to discuss the ...

  • Urban horticulture supplies fresh food, creates jobs, recycles waste

    By 2025, more than half the developing world's population - an estimated 3.5 billion people - will be urban. For policy makers and urban planners in poor countries, greener cities could be the key to ensuring safe, nutritious food, sustainable livelihoods and healthier communities. The concept of "green cities" is usually associated with urban planning in the more developed world. But it has a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Morbark Introduces Beever M15RX Brush Chipper

    Morbark, Inc., introduces a new brush chipper to its Beever line of Tree Care Products. With its high capacity and lighter-weight design, this compact chipper is the ideal unit for residential tree services, utility line clearing, vegetation management, maintenance contractors and municipalities. “Our popular Beever M15R brush chipper includes more standard features than any other chipper ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • New Bauer Group Dealer Meets Delta Region Demand for Low-Pressure, Efficient Irrigators

    Farmers are turning to low pressure booms on hose-reel irrigators to increase efficiencies. The Bauer Group's newest dealer in the Southern U.S., Scott Irrigation, meets the demand with the Rainstar A3 and T-Series models.  "Bauer's small, low-pressure irrigators are less expensive to run and less labor intensive," says Jesse Fallin, vice president of Scott Irrigation, based in Delhi, La. ...


  • 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, ...

  • Hudson Valley organic farm produces seeds largely by hand

    Drying corn stalks wilt in late summer sun as Ken Greene tours his crops. Calendula flowers are past bloom and brown. Melon leaves lay crinkled by the dirt. Plants have, literally, gone to seed. A perfect picture for an organic seed harvest. "It looks like hell now, but it's actually good for the seeds," said Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. The small business 70 miles ...


    By Associated Press

  • International experts limit Melamine levels in food

    An international food safety body has set new rules on preparing bagged salads and said the chemical melamine that tainted Chinese milk is acceptable only in tiny amounts in infant formula and food. The maximum amount of melamine allowed in powdered infant formula is 1 mg/kg and the amount of the chemical allowed in other foods and animal feed is 2.5 mg/kg, according to new rulings from the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Sentera’s real-time NDVI video streaming is a giant leap for growers & agronomists everywhere

    Streaming Directly to Your Mobile Device in Real Time Sentera today announced the upcoming release of LiveNDVI video: livestreamed NDVI video via the Sentera Double 4K sensor. This breakthrough technology will offer agronomists worldwide the fastest way to make decisions and specify inputs based on complete, real-time data. Sentera’s Double 4K “little green sensor” ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

    In remarks at the National Farmers Union National Convention, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect small- and mid-sized farmers and ranchers with USDA resources that can help them build stronger businesses, expand to reach new and larger markets, and grow their operations. "The recent ...

  • Keeping plant pests and diseases at bay: experts focus on global measures

    How to prevent insects, bacteria, viruses and weeds from infesting fruit, vegetable and other plant and food consignments and then spreading across the world is the focus of a four-day gathering of international experts which began at FAO today. The annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the ...

  • Confronting Labor Exploitation in the Developed World

    Seasonal Pressure and Migrant Labor The toys and gifts traditionally exchanged during the holiday season are produced year-round, often in countries where labor standards come under regular scrutiny. In developed countries, however, while not usually considered a high exploitation risk, production of seasonal items and, in particular, items with short shelf lives puts great pressure on ...


    By SGS

  • Recycled Christmas trees: mulch, dunes, habitats

    It's one of America's great recycling success stories: Every year, hundreds of thousands of discarded Christmas trees are collected and reused. Many are picked up curbside by local garbage collection services and turned into mulch. But there are other second acts for Christmas trees, too. They're placed on beaches to shore up dunes and sunk in lakes as fish habitats. They've even been milled into ...


    By Associated Press

  • Moringa Energy, Farming Operations, Industry Trends & Quality Standards

    The 2nd Global Moringa Meet 2013, an International Workshop on Moringa Agronomy Horticultural and oil Production, under the patronage of the BBA, will take place in Jaipur, India on November 21 & 22, 2013. Science and Horticulture for People, the theme of the workshop, emphasizes scientific components of successful Moringa farming and how it relates to scientists, producers, consumers and ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • USAID, green mountain coffee, and fair trade USA biodiversity initiative supports economic and social development for brazilian coffee farmers

    U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Green Mountain Coffee, and Fair Trade USA today announce a new partnership to promote biodiversity, conservation, and environmental education among Brazil's coffee growing communities, as biodiverse ecosystems form an important foundation for economic and social development. Fair Trade certification offers coffee farmers fair prices, community ...

  • Big Hanna and ABB - a secure solution for Rosendals Trädgård

    In the latest edition of ABB's corporate magazine 'Utblick' an article tells the story about our joint venture at Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm. The same story was published at the ABB website and we´re happy to share it here with our readers.  At Rosendals Trädgård our Big Hanna model T-240 turns garden and food waste into useful and fertilising ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Can GM crops feed the hungry?

    Golden Rice burst into the public imagination a decade ago, in the form of a cover article in Time magazine that claimed the genetically modified (GM) rice could 'save a million kids a year'. The rice gets its golden hue from an excess of beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A that could help half a million children who go blind each year from an often-fatal vitamin A deficiency. But ten years ...


    By SciDev.Net

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