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Retailers partner with Michigan Potatoes for free groceries campaign
In order to promote and help raise awareness of locally grown potatoes, the Michigan Potato Industry Commission is partnering with SpartanNash stores and other Michigan retailers in giving away free groceries for a month to some lucky spud lovers. Due in part to a nearly $100,000 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, the MPIC, along with SpartanNash, created 90 Michigan Potatoes-branded orchard bins that will be featured in produce... Read more

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Spring Policy Summit to feature USMCA discussion
The U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement will be a featured topic of discussion March 19-20, when the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas hosts its 2019 Spring Policy Summit. Matt Mandel of SunFed, with Sabrina Hallman of Sierra Seed, at the 2018 FPAA Spring Policy Summit in Tubac, AZ. In mid-December, FPAA announced a confirmed speaker, Salvador Behar, Mexico’s... Read more

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Epic involved in Mexico in several ways
Mexico continues geographic limitations regarding fresh potato exports from the U.S. into Mexico. Phoenix-based Epic Produce Sales LLC still has managed to export spuds to the south for at least 15 years. Art Miller of Epic ProduceEpic owner, Art Miller, supplements that export business with fruit and a full line of vegetables for Mexican consumers. Of course,... Read more


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Jim Allen receives New York Society Foundation Distinguished Service Award
In mid-January, the New York Society Foundation bestowed Jim Allen, a long-time New York apple professional, with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award. Those who are familiar with Allen’s background would agree that the award is duly appropriate given his unabashed enthusiasm throughout his decades... Read more