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11/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
A new integrated sorting system from Key Technology can increase belt speeds for fresh spinach and other leafy greens by 30% while removing foreign material and wilted product with a false reject rate of less than 1%. Read more on the system from this Packer article.

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11/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Workers directly hired by farmers declined 10% in October and wages were up 1%, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture farm labor report. Read more details from the report from this Packer article.

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11/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Gummy stem blight is a common disease of cucurbits worldwide, and in northern states has been prevalent on squashes and pumpkins. Vine crop growers should follow the disease management tactics in this MSU Extension news article for next growing season.

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11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Broccoli: Supplies of bunch material are readily available in Salinas while crown material is the majority being harvested in Yuma. Quality is good however, expect to see an increase in stalk size on bunched. Demand is steady. Cauliflower: Supplies in Salinas will be well below average again this week as the season comes to an end by the end of November. Quality continues to remain strong overall with a majority of 9s and 12s. Demand is strong due to the approach of Thanksgiving. Quality is very good with white curds, uniform size and good green jacket leaves.

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11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
The cantaloupe market is flat due to cold weather across the country. Supplies are somewhat limited, but lack of demand is causing prices to stay low. Off-shore cantaloupes from Guatemala have arrived in Florida as well with even more volume coming next week. Arizona will have a few more weeks of supplies as well as Nogales. The honeydew market is steady with a good run of sizes.

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11/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a new formula to calculate fee increases for fruit and vegetable inspections and other Agricultural Marketing Service functions. Read more on the formula from this Packer article.

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11/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
President Obama's favorite vegetable doesn't go down easily when altered, according to comments from McDonald's CEO who said the fast food chain found failure when it asked kids to taste-test bubble gum flavored broccoli. Read more on the failed attempt from this Packer article.

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11/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Available supplies of pulses in North America will be down over last year unless production estimates for Canada and the United States are boosted when the final numbers are available in December and January. Read more on pulse supplies from this Statpub.com article.

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11/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
A new training tool for leafy greens workers in California is set for an all-star, online launch Nov. 19 as the Food and Drug Administration's deputy commissioner for foods joins the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement staff to unveil a new video. Find out more on the new video from this Grower article.

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11/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
The Food and Drug Administration sampling program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Data Program have room for improvement in the way they collect and share data on pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables and other food, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. Read more on the study from this Grower article.

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