Bayer CropScience Launches #CitrusMatters Campaign

Jamie Johansen Agribusiness, Bayer, Citrus, fruit

Bayer CropScience and California Citrus Mutual announced #CitrusMatters, a year-long campaign geared at raising consumer awareness of the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease and the devastating impact it could pose to California’s $2.4 billion citrus industry. The announcement was made during the Citrus Showcase, California Citrus Mutual’s annual event that brings together as many as 600 citrus growers from around the state. …

Agribusiness, Bayer, Citrus, fruit

Season’s Greetings from The Produce Mom

Jamie Johansen fruit, Holiday, Produce

The Produce Mom shares how to Deck the Halls with a Strawberry Tree. What you need: 9-12″ craft foam cone 1 starfruit, sliced 5 lbs. strawberries, cleaned and trimmed 1 box toothpicks 1 – Push a toothpick into the cleaned top of the strawberry, leaving half of the toothpick exposed. 2 – Starting at the bottom, affix the strawberries to …

fruit, Holiday, Produce

Improving Plant Health Through Nutritional Balance

Jamie Johansen Agribusiness, Audio, Crop Science, fruit, Nutrition, Vegetables

Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) is a plant nutrition consulting company that works with fruit and vegetable growers from across the country. They have become known for helping farmers grow crops that are completely resistant to diseases and insects using nutrition and enhancing plant immunity through nutritional balance. During Crop Health Laboratories’ Power Growers Seminar I spoke with founder and CEO …

Agribusiness, Audio, Crop Science, fruit, Nutrition, Vegetables

A Blood Test for Plants

Jamie Johansen Agribusiness, Audio, fruit, Nutrition, Vegetables

Crop Health Laboratories presented Power Growers Seminar over the weekend in Santa Clara, CA. The event provided a comprehensive introduction to plant sap analysis technology. This new nutrient management strategy was created by Sjoerd Smits, owner of NovaCropControl and HortiNova. Both companies are based out of the Netherlands and currently sap samples are shipped there for analysis. Crop Health Labs …

Agribusiness, Audio, fruit, Nutrition, Vegetables

Fresh Produce Sales Up in 2013

Jamie Johansen Ag Group, Food, fruit, Produce, Vegetables

United Fresh Produce Association released the 2013 Year in Review edition of the FreshFacts® on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce for the past year. The report shows that during 2013, the produce department averaged more than $47,000 per week per store, which was up 4.8 percent over the previous year. The FreshFacts® on Retail report, produced …

Ag Group, Food, fruit, Produce, Vegetables

Canadian Cranberry Time

Chuck Zimmerman Ag Group, Audio, CFWF, Food, fruit, International

That cranberry was this big! At least that’s what it looks like Mike Wallis, BC Cranberry Growers Association Mgr., is saying during a presentation at Shergill Cranberry Farm, the second stop for the “farm bikers” tour group during the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation conference. Also on hand was farm manager Bob Deroche. They talked to us about the farm and …

Ag Group, Audio, CFWF, Food, fruit, International

Iowa Accepting Grant Applications for Specialty Crops

Joanna Schroeder Farming, fruit, specialty crops, Vegetables

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced that the IA Dept. of Ag is accepting grant applications for the Specialty Crop Block program. The estimated $271,000 grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa and are contingent on federal funds being made available to the Department. Grant awards will be considered …

Farming, fruit, specialty crops, Vegetables

Upcoming Blackberry Field Day

Melissa Sandfort Agribusiness, Events, fruit

Growing blackberries in the Midwest has been productive and profitable. Richard Barnes, a produce grower and founder of Trellis Growing Systems (TGS), invites growers to see and hear firsthand how blackberries are being grown in Ohio and surrounding states with great success at a field day on Friday, Nov. 2nd at Rhoads Farms in Circleville, Ohio. Field day participants will …

Agribusiness, Events, fruit

Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools

Jamie Johansen Citrus, Education, Food, fruit, Grocery, Produce, Vegetables

The United Fresh Foundation just announced the new campaign Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools. The goal is to donate salad bars to 350 California schools at the United Fresh 2013 convention in San Diego. The campaign is spearheaded by four California produce industry leaders passionate about increasing children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. “This is truly a …

Citrus, Education, Food, fruit, Grocery, Produce, Vegetables