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WASHINGTON — Lifting tariffs as high as 40 percent on U.S. fruits is one of the reasons the Obama administration is advocating for the Trans Pacific Partnership, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said recently. U.S. trade negotiators are trying to hammer out the biggest trade deal on the TPP with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. USDA pointed to key commodities... Read more

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Utah facility reinforces Houweling’s  position as a greenhouse industry leader
Houweling’s Tomatoes continues to reinforce its position as an innovative world-class leader with the addition of its new greenhouse facilities in Mona, UT. “The Utah expansion is a significant addition to Houweling’s portfolio, as both a year-round supply of USA-grown tomatoes and as a model for sustainable agriculture,” David Bell, chief marketing officer,... Read more

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OriginO poised for excellent season in greenhouse organics
A mild winter in British Columbia’s lower mainland is setting the stage for an outstanding season at the region’s top organic greenhouse grower, Origin Organic Farms in Delta, BC, according to a company press release. “With no prolonged cold spell over the last few months, the plants are thriving beautifully,” Raymond Wong, company president, said in the release. The... Read more

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Dan Croce has been named president of ACME Markets, which operates more than 100 stores in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He succeeds Jim Perkins, who was promoted to chief operating officer of parent company Albertsons-Safeway’s East region. Croce, a 30-year grocery industry veteran,... Read more

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Gold medal skier Picabo Street taps into 'Southern Roots' at SEPC women’s luncheon
The Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Roots program for women in produce kicked off at the organization’s fall meeting in 2014 and continued with a Feb. 26 luncheon at the SEPC Southern Exposure expo in Orlando, FL at the Caribe Resort. Olympic gold medalist skier and Idaho farm girl Picabo... Read more