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8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant operators expressed a mixed outlook for future business in the latest survey from the National Restaurant Association. Read more on the outlook from this Packer story.

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8/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Three fungal diseases have hit Pacific Northwest vegetable and oilseed growers, prompting Washington State University plant pathologists to urge growers to take extra precautions. Read more on the diseases spotted from this Grower article.

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8/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
The next incarnation of the Food and Drug Administration's food safety rule for fresh produce is expected to be made public in September, with agency officials hopeful that they will be scheduling meetings before the end of the year to gather more industry input. Read more on the new rule from this Grower article.

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8/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
The California drought still hasn't had a major effect on consumer-level fruit and vegetable prices, but economists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the potential remains for large and lasting effects on how much they cost. Read more on price levels from this Grower article.

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8/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Dry edible bean markets were little changed in seasonally light trading interest. The only fundamental news entering markets was Statistics Canada?s first production of the year. Read more on the impact on markets from this Statpub.com article.

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8/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Just when you thought the drought in the Southwest couldn't get much worse a joint university study predicts a "megadrought" within the next century. Read more on the prediction from this Grower article.

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8/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
The first U.S. detection of the noxious weed Egyptian broomrape, Orobanche aegyptiaca, has been found in a processing tomato field in Solano County, California. Read more on the find from this Western Farm Press article.

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8/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
More than 60% of 1,100 school districts polled this year offer salad or produce bars, according to a national survey from the School Nutrition Association. Read more on these findings from this Packer article.

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8/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Green and Red Leaf: Light supplies on green and red leaf this week. Quality is very good. Green leaf will be 9-10" long and 24- 25 lbs. per case. Red leaf is 8-9" long and 20-21 lbs. per case. Iceberg Lettuce: Steady to moderate supplies are expected to continue with a firm market. For the next few weeks, quality and condition are good (aside from sclerotinia and mildew issues which are normal for this time of year) with medium head size and light weights due to drop in yields. Romaine: Good supplies and steady demand. However, romaine availability has the potential to tighten in response to the current shortage on iceberg, as buyers begin to substitute romaine for iceberg. Quality is expected to be stronger; without seeder and very light and occasional fringe burn. Each case will be 36- 38 lbs. and heads of 11-12" long. Romaine Hearts: Good supplies with strong demand. Fringe burn continues to be an issue in the fields. Crews are being diligent to what is harvested and put into the final product. Expect issue to continue for another few weeks. Otherwise, quality is steady with light green color and a nice amount of cupping.

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8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Broccoli: Industry supplies are lighter than expected along with other growing regions stating limited supplies. Consistent demand should remain for the next several weeks. Overall appearance of supplies are showing a good green color, small to medium bead size and nice uniform dome shape. However, issues have been challenging as in hollow stem, brown bead and insects. Crews are being diligent to what is harvested and put into the final product. Cauliflower: Good supplies available this week. Quality remains fairly good; off white curds, well -trimmed jacket leaves and tight pack with weights of 28-30 lbs.

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