Amid discussions by a state water agency that agricultural users with senior water rights would soon face significant cutbacks, a group of California farmers have voluntarily agreed to a 25 percent reduction in water use in exchange for no further cuts this year. The voluntary plan was approved by the California State Water Resources Control Board last week (May 22) with participating farmers required to submit their water... Read more

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Zespri SunGold seeing excellent reception, Oppy category manager says
After the first loads arrived on April 30, volume of Zespri kiwifruit from New Zealand picked up considerably, said Steve Woodyear-Smith, Oppenheimer category manager for tropicals. With a background that includes 10 years with Zespri International, Woodyear-Smith oversees pineapple and mango procurement and marketing initiatives in addition to kiwifruit. He... Read more

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New Titan Farms sales team takes the field
Together the five new sales team members, with their leader, Daryl Johnston, vice president of sales, have 60 years’ experience in produce sales. Most have been on the job since April 1, and none more than a month. They all live in or near Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, SC. “I told them I wanted boots in the ground where the tree roots are,” said Johnston. He will... Read more


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David Peri receives Outstanding Agriculturalist Award
David Peri, president of Peri & Sons Farms, has been named the 2015 Nevada Outstanding Agriculturalist Award winner by the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. Initiated in 1967, the Outstanding Agriculturalist Award recognizes individuals who... Read more


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SEPC duffers hit the links at Terry Vorhees Golf Classic
A rollicking casino night that raised $50,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on day one of the second annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic was just a build up to the main event. The following morning, some 130 Southeast Produce Council duffers raised a like amount on the esteemed grounds... Read more