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Sep 30, 2020

Unilever exec takes reins of Chilean fruit exporter Agricom

Hans Eben is the new CEO of Agricom Ltda., a Santiago, Chile-based wholly owned subsidiary of Westfalia Fruit Co.

Sep 30, 2020

Port Manatee recertified for anti-terrorism program

Port Manatee, Palmetto, Fla., has earned recertification for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program.

Sep 30, 2020

Deadline to comment on USDA’s anti-fraud organic rule nears

The end of the comment period for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule to cut down on organic fraud is approaching.

Sep 27, 2020

FDA proposes heightened traceability rules for certain produce

(UPDATED) The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new traceability rules that seek elevated record-keeping for many fresh produce items, from all fresh-cut products to leafy greens and tomatoes.

Sep 27, 2020

Reebok offers fresh produce with purchase of plant-based shoes

As plant-based diets become more trendier, is the next phase plant-based fashion?

Sep 20, 2020

Texas port of entry project to speed up produce imports

Construction has begun on a $40 million project to cut wait times for produce and other agricultural goods at a busy Texas port of entry.

Sep 18, 2020

Wind, fires affect Washington apple harvest, production estimate

Windstorms, wildfires and a revision of yields on trees is dropping Washington apple crop estimates for the 2020-21 season by 5-10%, according to the Washington Apple Commission.

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Sep 17, 2020

California LGMA survey looks at members’ traceability plans

Members of the California LGMA, who grow an overwhelming majority of the lettuce and other leafy greens in the state, and 80% of the U.S. lettuce, say they’re capable of quickly tracking recalled products.

Sep 14, 2020

Hurricane Laura extends CFAP payments in Texas, Louisiana

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended application deadlines for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for farmers and ranchers in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Laura.