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Articles By Chris Koger

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Aug 22, 2019

FDA releases Arizona romaine sampling results

A Food and Drug Administration program that tested numerous romaine samples from Yuma, Ariz., found just one E. coli sample, which was non-pathogenic.
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Aug 20, 2019

USDA expands citrus disease quarantine areas in 3 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded quarantined areas for citrus greening in California, Texas and Louisiana after the disease was detected in plant tissue samples in multiple locations in the states.
Aug 20, 2019

Cocaine found in lime shipment at Texas port of entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Pharr, Texas, recently stopped a load of limes containing $1.86 million in cocaine.
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Aug 19, 2019

Tons of marijuana in load of peppers stopped at border

The Customs and Border Protection seized almost four tons of marijuana in a truck hauling jalapenos at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego.
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Aug 13, 2019

Always Fresh Farms, Giddings Fruit partner for year-round berries

Berry grower-shipper Always Fresh Farms, Winter Haven, Fla., has entered into a long-term partnership with Giddings Fruit S.A., a berry and cherry grower in Mexico and South America.
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Aug 12, 2019

Sun Belle expands berry grower relationships

Sun Belle Inc., Shiller Park, Ill., is expanding relationships with growers following a decision by the Giddings Group, which supplies berries from Mexico and Chile, to market its own berries.
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Aug 01, 2019

National Mango Board seeks frozen fruit members

Following an industry vote that narrowly approved frozen mangoes to be included in National Mango Board programs, the board is seeking members to represent the frozen fruit.
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Jul 30, 2019

Farmers of the Year include Georgia, Florida produce growers

Georgia peach grower Robert Dickey III and Florida vegetable grower Charles Obern have been named 2019 Farmers of the Year by Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo.
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Jul 30, 2019

USDA expands Florida’s citrus black spot quarantine area

The U.S. Department of Agricultures has expanded a citrus black spot quarantine in four Florida counties.