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California Navel Orange Objective Measurement Report, issued by the California Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, is a usually reliable estimate of California's Navel crop. The newest report, released Sept. 11, estimates the 2014-15 crop at 78 million 40-pound cartons, which would make it the smallest crop since the freeze year of 2008-09.... Read more

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Three organic visionaries to receive 2014 Organic Leadership Awards
At the Organic Trade Association’s 2014 Organic Leadership Awards celebration Sept. 17 in Baltimore, three organic visionaries will receive awards. “These outstanding visionaries have made invaluable contributions to demonstrating how organic practices can change our world for the better,” Laura Batcha, OTA’s executive director and chief executive officer, said... Read more

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Fiesta Farms teams with Eagle Eye Produce for sales and marketing
A new chapter is being written in the story of Nyssa, OR-based Fiesta Farms; the company has recently formed an alliance with Eagle Eye Produce for sales and marketing of Spanish Sweet onions from the Treasure Valley. Marc Bybee, Fiesta’s vice president and third generation of a farming-shipping family, said Sept. 5 that the operation had partnered with Eagle... Read more


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Jack Brown Produce recently added three new members to its professional staff: Maria Rivera has been named export sales manager; Tom Labbe has been appointed domestic sales manager; and Scott VanHouten will be responsible for logistics. Rivera brings a wealth of experience from the Spanish... Read more


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Domex Superfresh self-driven platforms helping workers, fruit quality
In an orchard update from Domex Superfresh Growers, Dave Gleason talks about the beginning of this year's apple harvest and the use of self-driven, multi-level platforms that aid workers in the pick process. The platforms allow Domex to do away with ladders altogether, creating a much safer and more... Read more