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Josie’s Organics brand sleeved celery and celery hearts

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
¾ Sleeved celery and celery hearts are the newest fresh vegetables Braga Fresh has added to its sustainable produce brand, Josie’s Organics.“We are proud to expand our offerings of fresh, sustainable produce to help retailers meet growing consumer demand for organic vegetables,” said CEO and president of.....
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Ecuador to promote bananas at Madrid's Marathon

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
PRO ECUADOR, via its commercial office in Madrid, will promote Ecuadorian bananas at the 37th edition of the Rock 'n' Roll Madrid 2014 Marathon. The Ambassador of Ecuador in Spain participated, on Friday April 4, in the official presentation of the marathon, which will take place on April 27.Ecuador will.....
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AU: Ord Valley bananas hitting the market

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
After a ten year break Kimberley Produce in the Ord Valley is busy harvesting and packing bananas. In September last year the company ripped out 12 hectares of grapefruit trees and replaced them with bananas and the first truck load of fruit is heading out of the packing shed today.Bananas have made a return.....
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Spanish onions seek to consolidate in Europe

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
The 2013/2014 onion campaign can be rated a good season, as stated by sources from the sector itself. However, as it usually happens in horticulture, when something is going well for some, it does not necessarily go likewise for others. Growers have managed to reach profitable levels with their production,.....
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UK Potato Council marks 50 years of storage research

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
This week saw the Potato Council division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of its Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) facility, near Spalding in Lincolnshire.The leading post-harvest applied research centre for agricultural storage.....
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US: Onion grower says he's shipping early, despite regulation

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
A major vidalia onion grower says he's shipping out his produce early in defiance of the state agriculture commissioner who's warned that a new regulation prohibits shipping the onions before Monday.Delbert Bland and Bland Farms in Tattnall County sued the agricultural commissioner, saying Gary Black.....
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APHIS proposes importation of mangoes from Jamaica to US

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to amend the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh mangoes from Jamaica into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, the mangoes would have to be produced in accordance with.....
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India: Calcium Carbide still used to ripen fruits

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
The National Human Rights Commission has sought an action taken report from Health Ministry over use of Calcium Carbide to ripen fruits despite a nationwide ban. The Commission has ordered the secretary of Health and Family welfare Ministry to file a report in the matter within eight weeks time.The directive.....
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UK: British Growers Association names Jack Ward as new chief executive

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
Jack Ward has been appointed chief executive of the British Growers Association (BGA). He will take up his new role on 28 April 2014.Mr Ward was previously chief executive of City & Guilds / NPTC and NFU Regional Director for the East Midlands. A Nuffield Scholar and former chairman of the Nuffield.....
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Sakata Seed America & Alf Christianson Seed Co. announce merger

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
Sakata Seed America, Inc. and Alf Christianson Seed Co. announce this week that the two companies will merge, effective immediately. The newly merged entity will operate under the Sakata Seed America name and will be headquartered in Morgan Hill, CA. Sakata Seed America will retain a significant presence in.....
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Italy: Radishes, kohlrabi and watermelons very popular abroad

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
"We always wanted to specialise in some products in particular in order to achieve the best quality possible and to be able to provide a continuous supply," explains Giovanni Carotenuto, chairman of Società Cooperativa Agricola Sotea."The quality of Italian produce is undisputed, but Italians lack the right.....
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French government studying introduction of tax on foreign trucks

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
"I am looking for a system to make foreign trucks pay," said Segolene Royal, French Minister of Ecology in a televised interview on RMC and BFM TV, in which she justified the introduction of a system to tax foreign carriers specifically, as they are not subject to other French taxes, including that on motor.....
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Will the EU CAP affect agricultural agreement with Morocco?

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
While EU Commissioner Stefan Fule in 2012 hailed the EU-Morocco agreement on the liberalization of trade in agricultural products, fish and fishery products as a sign of the EU’s credibility in advancing relations with its southern neighbour, hat credibility now seems to be in doubt.Moroccan press today.....
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Price of Gariguette strawberries drops in France whilst foreign varieties increase

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
According to Relaxnews, the price per kilo of Gariguette strawberries has dropped 10% to €10.52. Foreign varieties have increased 11% but are still cheaper at €3.26. Foreign strawberries are the fresh product that has seen the largest price increase in one week. Cucumber prices have dropped 20% to.....
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French agri-food exports to China to increase

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
With the Chinese President, Xi Jinping's State visit to France, the government has rolled out the red carpet for Chinese companies and investors in the hope of reanimating the sometimes rather dusty economical relationship. In 2013 French exports dropped 2.6% in China, a first since 2009 - explained by.....
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Plant breeders release first 'Open Source Seeds'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.It's inspired by.....
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Scientists baffled by superfast growth of Space Station cherry tree

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
Scientists are baffled by the amazingly fast growth of a tree that grew from a cherry stone sent into space. The stone was harvested from an ancient 1,250-year-old Chujohimeseigan-zakura cherry tree at Ganjoji Temple in the Gifu Region of Japan. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata took the stone up to the.....
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AU: No Little Cherry Virus detected in Mother Blocks for cherry trees

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
Virus freedom testing for Little Cherry Virus in ANFIC plant material in Australia The Australian Nurserymen's Fruit Improvement Company (ANFIC) Ltd and Neerim Hi-Plains Growers (D&Y Pike), would like to announce that Neerim Hi-Plains Growers have been tested by DPI VICTORIA and no Little Cherry Virus.....
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Blueberry market, the most dynamic in 2013

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
Blueberries have a number of features that make them more attractive than other fruits, such as good post-harvest properties and a "superfruit" status because of their health benefits.With a 9% volume growth rate worldwide, the fruit has doubled the growth registered in 2012 and tripled that of the fruit.....
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Worldwide cherry acreage and production continue to increase

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
Between 2010 and 2012, the world's ​​cherry acreage registered a 4.2% increase, reaching 401,656 hectares, according to figures from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). During this same period, some changes took place in the share that each country has in the total.....
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