Sivanto Prime insecticide has been approved for foliar use on stone fruit, caneberries and many additional crops. In addition to expanded crops, Sivanto Prime is also now available for soil use on leafy and brassica vegetables.
Sivanto Prime, from Bayer Crop Science, also has received a reduced-risk designation from EPA for use on stone fruit, avocado, and pomegranate. With these new uses, Sivanto Prime is now registered on a broad range of horticulture crops, including citrus, pome fruit, stone
Safe for babies: FDA has no objections to GRAS status of Ganeden's BC30 probiotic strain for use in infant formulaThe FDA has no objections to Ganeden BC30s GRAS status for use in infant formulas, the company announced this week.
- Winegrape growers and others affiliated with the industry who can’t make it to the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium this week but are interested in the latest news, can tune into live reports Wednesday morning on the State of the Industry.
The editor of American Fruit Grower®and Western Fruit Grower® magazines, David Eddy, will be attending the annual State of the Industry session and reporting live on his Twitter feed: @dave_wfg_avg, with the hashtag #UWGS.
The symposium, which
- USDA has released its first-ever survey on direct marketing, and it shows that the local food industry is huge. More than 167,000 U.S. farms sold food through direct marketing, earning $8.7 billion in 2015, the survey shows. The report includes not only fresh produce, but also “value-added foods,” defined as foods like meat and cheese.
The report, titled “Local Food Marketing Practices Survey,” is the first survey USDA has conducted focusing on the economic impact of
- The Tampa Bay Times raised a few eyebrows in ag circles when it recently published its “Dying on the Vine” article. The lengthy piece went into great detail about the demise of Florida’s agricultural sector.
Photo by Frank GilesThe story suggested the statement that agriculture is one (along with tourism and construction) of the three pillars of the state’s economy is false. The article also stated the contention that Florida agriculture pumps more than $120 billion into
- Lēf Farms has launched its new website, www.lef-farms.com.
Lēf’s new website carries a contemporary look that gives visitors all the information they need in small bite-size portions. From short bits of news, to where you can find lēf greens, to summaries about each product, to the story of how lēf started.
Digging deeper into the site, you’ll uncover the driving force behind lēf Farms, including its vision for New England food independence, as well as its go
- In today’s highly competitive landscape, many food and beverage manufacturers try to set their brands apart by tapping into consumers’ desire for products that not only are better for them but also better for the planet or for society.
- Photo by Lindsey du ToitDisease Specs
Caused by the fungal pathogen Stemphylium botryosum f. sp. Spinacia, this disease was initially reported in the U.S. in 1997 in limited spinach acreage in the Salinas Valley of California. By 2005, Stemphylium leaf spot was reported in fresh market spinach crops in Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Quebec, and Arizona.
Initial symptoms of Stemphylium leaf spot consist of small spots (0.13-inch to 0.25-inch diameter) that are circular to oval in sha
- Concerns surrounding Premier Foods’ “ability to recover from its long-standing ‘zombie’ status”
- A reduction in supermarket multibuys and own-label growth has wiped out branded sales growth, Premier Foods has claimed
- The app is currently being trialled in the Warner Budgens flagship store in Moreton-in-Marsh
- The new Apple & Custard yoghurt will see the brand partner with Tesco and Adam Wakeley in an effort to reduce food waste
- The success of Iqos in markets such as Japan and Italy has boosted PMI’s share price
- Young’s Seafood has announced the hire of Nick Munday as international sales director
- A group of 19 drivers employed by DHL Supply Chain based in West Thurrock are being balloted for strike action
- The prime minister this week gave her most detailed speech yet on the UK’s approach to Brexit
- Booming investor demand for food and drink brands has fuelled a recordbreaking year on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, with popular craft brewer BrewDog hitting its £10m target at the end of 2016.
- Each pack will provide six months of clean water for one person in the developing world
Propylene glycol in the spotlight as Hint Water is targeted in â€˜all-naturalâ€™ lawsuit with a new twistPropylene glycol (PG) is an FDA-approved synthetic substance widely used as a solvent in ‘natural flavors‘– which are clearly defined in law. But would consumers expect to find it in a product marketed as ‘all-natural’ – a term that doesn’t have a clear legal definition? Not according to a class action lawsuit filed against Hint Inc this week.
Marine greens and curry culture: Here are some trends spotted in Campbell Soup's Culinary Trendscape 2017 reportAccording to the culinary trend experts at Campbell Soup, 2017 will see more adoption of food as medicine, modern middle eastern cuisine, and a plethora of new condiments.
- Late blight is the bane of potato and tomato growers around the globe. To the tune of being a $6 billion a year problem, this notorious disease has devastated many a crop far and wide. However, new findings by UF/IFAS researchers, published in the journal Molecular Ecology, could help prevent more genetic strains of the deadly pathogen from entering the U.S.
Photo courtesy of UF/IFASErica Goss, a UF/IFAS Assistant Professor of plant pathology, who published a study in 2014 showing Toluca, M
- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the Obama Administration has initiated a new trade enforcement action against Canada at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The action challenges British Columbia’s (BC) regulations that discriminate against the sale of U.S. wine in grocery stores. These regulations appear to breach Canada’s WTO commitments and have adversely impacted U.S. wine producers. Today’s action marks the 26th trade enforcement challenge
- “We did everything you’re not supposed to do,” observes the COO of Primal Kitchen, which exploded out of the blocks with a sugar-free avocado oil-based mayo in February 2015, notched up revenues of $13.2m in 2016, and is expecting to almost double that in 2017.
- The long wait to learn who Donald Trump would appoint to serve as Secretary of Agriculture ended with the announcement that former two-term Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was selected by the incoming President of the United States. The post was the last remaining cabinet-level position to fill in the new administration. The announcement was made only a day before Trump’s Inauguration.
Photo courtesy of the State of GeorgiaPerdue has a strong agricultural background, growing up on a farm and
- By looking at the size of loaves of gluten-free bread versus conventional bread at the grocery store, one could infer that making a larger loaf sans gluten isn’t as easy.
New York Representatives Introduce Bill to Move H-2A from Department of Labor to Department of AgricultureCongresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) and Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY-27) have introduced the Family Farm Relief Act of 2017, legislation to move the H-2A Agricultural Visa program from the Department of Labor to the Department of Agriculture to better meet the unique labor needs of farmers and agricultural businesses.
“Agriculture is the backbone of our North Country economy and I am pleased to introduce this important bill to address the labor shortages facing our farmers,&rdqu
- With real-time digital tools, farmers can now learn about the probability of extreme weather events on their farm before the growing season so they can more appropriately plan agricultural practices such as when to fertilize and irrigate.
Photo by Tyler Jones, UF/IFASFor farmers, possessing the ability to anticipate and properly prepare for weather extremes is key as it can make or break a growing season. Thanks to new research and modern horticultural technology, that climate-based challenge co
- Lindt said it was now the fastest-growing chocolate brand in Great Britain, where it now has 13 retail shops, as group sales rise 6.8% to CHF 3.9bn (£3.1bn) in 2016.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) made available $27 million in grants to fund projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses.
Applications have been requested for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which includes Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP).
- Shoppers are facing price hikes on their favourite table sauces as well as Marmite
- USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $18.9 million in funding for eligible 1890 land-grant colleges and universities to obtain or improve agricultural and food sciences facilities and equipment. The 1890 Facilities Grant Program helps the eligible institutions educate the future workforce in the food, agricultural, and human sciences job sectors.
“This funding signals our ongoing commitment to create future leaders and skilled professionals in the fi
- The EU called for trade bodies to report any suspicion to their respective food regulators
- This year’s season is expected to start between early to mid-March
- M&S said the system had “great potential” to increase customisation of labelling
- Even though a final USDA rule strengthening animal welfare standards squeaked into the Federal Register today before the new administration takes control of country, the rule may not be safe from repeal, like so many others finalized under Obama’s leadership.
- MAIO, an indulgent tasting yet better-for-you alternative to conventional mayonnaise, is the latest test product to come out of C-Fresh's innovation team and its unique approach to incubating products on a small scale before expanding.
- President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for USDA secretary of agriculture, Bloomberg reports.
The nomination is welcome news to American Farm Bureau, according to a statement from the association.
“Gov. Perdue will provide the strong voice that agriculture needs in the new administration. He is an outstanding nominee,” said Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall.
Here’s more from Farm Bureau’s statement:
“I have kno
- The new lineup will include swede, apples, pears, sprouts, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, courgettes and peppers
- Unilever is supporting the relaunch with a £1m spend
- Eight customers reported they had found pieces of plastic in the product
- Nearly £30m, or 4.6%, has been wiped off the nappies and baby wipes market
- Him! names three new shopper mentalities: Casual Connoisseur, Modern Mindset and Fast Consumption shoppers
- International bank ’financing forest destruction for palm oil’, claim campaigners
- The Kent-based supplier surpassed its £20k campaign target by raising £22,761 of pledges from 71 backers
- NPD includes We Make a Great Pear, a duo of white chocolate pears
- US hedge fund Paulson & Co, until recently Premier Foods’ second-biggest investor, has launched a blistering attack on the company after it blamed commodity prices and a weak pound for a profit warning that sent its shares tumbling.
- Often dominated by candy, soft pretzels, nachos and highly processed meats, concession stands at school events could be fertile ground for better-for-you snack and beverage manufacturers to boost sales and exposure to young consumers who are developing eating patterns and taste preferences for life, new research suggest.
- It’s been a long time coming, but President elect Trump has reportedly chosen his agriculture secretary - former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue – pleasing some food and farming associations, but alarming Friends of the Earth.
- If it felt like this past year was hotter than usual, you were not imagining things. According to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Planet Earth’s surface temperatures during 2016 were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880.
This finding makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures and continues what has been a long-term warming trend. Globally-averaged temperatures in
Roquette to open world’s biggest pea protein plant in Manitoba in 2019, says CEO: 'Demand absolutely outstrips supply’Roquette has made a bold move to solidify its leadership position in the pea protein market with a jaw-dropping CAD400m+ (US$306m+) investment to build the world’s biggest processing plant for the on-trend ingredient dedicated to (human) food & nutrition applications, in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
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