Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training REMOTE

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires that every farm have a food safety qualified individual.  Compliance dates for Small Business ($250,000 – $500,000/yr) was 1/29/19, and for Very Small Business ($25,000 – $250,000/yr) was 1/27/20.  Basically all fruit and vegetable operations selling produce covered by the rule must now come into compliance with most […]

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Vertical Farming Congress Makes Virtue of Virtual

The first Vertical Farming World Congress will now be held online on 22-24 September, with numerous innovations to help develop an emerging community of leading producers, funders, suppliers and customers. Its theme will be ‘Shaping Food’s Future.’  “We already had top speakers confirmed from around the world including North America, the Middle East and Asia […]

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FFAR Funds Emergency Research to Address Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is highlighting food system deficiencies. While the food system is successfully providing for Americans during this crisis, many are encountering empty grocery shelves. Simultaneously, producers are struggling to reach consumers due to concerns with processing, distribution and demand. To understand and address these challenges, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is […]

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PMA launches the Essentials of Produce Safety, an online training program uniquely designed for produce industry mid-level professionals

The online certification teaches producers how to best manage produce safety risks. Newark, DE – The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced the launch of its eLearning certificate course Essentials of Produce Safety, an entirely online, affordable and in-depth program covering the key challenges and best practices in produce safety. The course is the first […]

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Bloomberg Markets: America interviews AppHarvest CEO

Bloomberg anchors Alix Steel and Guy Johnson interviewed AppHarvest Founder & CEO Jonathan Webb this week about the company’s focus on building more resilient food systems. “Coming out of COVID, we need to be building more resiliency into our systems — food, health and energy,” Webb told Steel. “We can see through COVID how weak […]

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New institute to address food production and sustainability at global scale

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has announced the creation of the UF/IFAS Food Systems Institute, which will bring together the university’s top researchers to find solutions to feeding the world in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable.   “This institute brings together global engagement with what we call systems thinking – addressing […]

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Ancient Medicinal Qualities of Raspberries and Blackberries

By Janet Colston, PhD Raspberries and blackberries are among the fastest growing fruit categories in the U.S. in the last 5 years according to analysts at RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness [1]. These are a great choice for people who want a different texture from strawberries or blueberries but still want to eat berries high in […]

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UF/IFAS team aims to increase blackberry yield with $76K Grant

Blackberries ripen in Florida in May and June, so it’s an ideal time to be thinking about how to grow more of them. Those who produce blackberries in Florida want to increase their yield, and UF/IFAS faculty want to help farmers boost their output. Unfortunately, a UF/IFAS team also knows that those who grow blackberries […]

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Systems Analysis of Hydroponic, Aquaponic, and Aeroponic Food Production (HAAFP) in Six US Cities

Written by Blaire O’Neal, PhD, San Diego University I am excited to share the survey for my research project, “Systems Analysis of Hydroponic, Aquaponic, and Aeroponic Food Production in the United States. This research is funded by the United State Department of Agriculture and administered by myself, Dr. Blaire O’Neal, a postdoctoral fellow at San […]

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EAT THIS! dives into sustainable investments in controlled environment production

PRESS RELEASE – This webinar series, named ‘Eat This’ is a close collaboration between NethWork and World Horti Center. Both organizations want to connect the horticultural sector with the world beyond horticulture. Renee Snijders and Ed Smit of NethWork will present these weekly webinar sessions.   During weekly webinar sessions, thought leaders in the field […]

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Free Webinar with Stephen Ritz and Charles Platkin

Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center Executive Director Charles Platkin, PhD, JD, MPH will be joined by Stephen Ritz, the Founder of Green Bronx Machine and self-proclaimed CEO – Chief Eternal Optimist – of Bronx County to discuss COVID-19, food insecurity and food policy in New York City. Jun 17, 2020 09:30 AM in Eastern Time […]

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Indoor Ag-Con kicks off new free webinar series with United Fresh panel discussion on produce trends, business opportunities for indoor growers

Free monthly virtual events to share content originally planned for May 2020 annual in-person conference postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic PRESS RELEASE – Indoor Ag-Con LLC, producers of the premier event for the indoor|vertical farming industry, is launching a free monthly webinar series to share content originally planned for its May 2020 in-person annual conference […]

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The Medical Qualities of Strawberries and Blueberries

By Janet Colston Coronavirus is the first global pandemic of most of our lives and so far the virus has predominantly affected the elderly and those with decreased immunity to disease. As we start to come out of lock down there is more fear for healthy individuals, in particular with regard to the ability to […]

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How will you ensure that your small business survives both COVID-19 and the post COVID-19 economy?

By Chris Higgins Over the past few months I have watched many small farmers who were solely focused on servicing the food service and restaurant industry change simply to stay alive.  I have been amazed and impressed by their conviction and ability to create new opportunities to survive.  Their actions have inspired me to share […]

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