All posts tagged "USDA"

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    Opinion: Labels and GMO

    Brandon McFadden Humanity needs an innovative food system to not only survive, but to thrive. In 2050, nearly 10 billion people will populate the Earth. Future generations will be dealing with not only greater numbers of neighbors and denser population centers, but also a food system likely to face the negative impacts...

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    Citrus farmers: The pest comes from private orchards

    WESLACO – The Mexican fruit fly is causing costly havoc for local citrus growers. The pest left its mark on more than 4,000 acres of orchards across the Rio Grande Valley. Texas Citrus Mutual said the fruit fly cost growers about $1 million in profits. Fred Karle has several hundred acres inside...

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    Citrus greening is currently the most dangerous disease for citrus

    Huanglongbing (HLB) or “citrus greening” is currently the most devastating disease of citrus worldwide. The disease was first reported in 1919 in China, and again in Brazil in 2004 and discovered in Miami, FL in 2005. Since then, the disease has affected most of Florida’s citrus-producing areas leading to a remarkable 75...

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    What you need to know about the Citrus Disease

    Marie A. C. Langham South Dakota State University In recent years, Florida’s $9 billion commercial citrus industry...

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    US ambassador in Chile visits Plant Health Inspection site

    The US ambassador to Chile, Carol Perez, paid a visit to the Plant Health Inspection Site at Lo Herrera and to the Dole Chile SA company in Codegua. She wanted to see for herself the phytosanitary inspection sites and the selection and packaging processes used to export Chilean fruits. The Ambassador and...

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    Oceanside adds brussels sprouts to tomato range

    On the heels of a winning 2016 tomato season characterized by outstanding weather, high quality, and speedy sales rates powered by numerous successful ‘California grown’ promotions with local retailers, the Singh family of Oceanside, Calif., and exclusive marketer Oppy enter the fifth year of partnership with their eyes set on even greater...

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    Fighting to keep stink bugs out of New Zealand

    While the stink bug is ubiquitous in the Eastern Panhandle, the brown pest with its signature scent has not reached some foreign countries. That’s why two Ph.D. students from New Zealand are currently studying stink bug behavior at the USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville: to keep the bugs from reaching...

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    Premiere for two new berry varieties—a blueberry and a blackberry

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) geneticist Chad Finn and his colleagues at the Horticultural Crops Research Unit in...

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    What is Agroforestry and how important will it be?

    In the race to feed a growing population, it is important to consider sustainability. University of Illinois...

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    Increased Health Awareness Creates Demand for Organic Canned Fruits

    The global canned fruits market is highly concentrated with the top three players accounting for over 50% of the total market in 2012. Some of the players in the market include Dole Food Company, Inc., H.J. Heinz Company, ConAgra Foods, Seneca, and Del Monte. Most of the companies operating in canned fruits...

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