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Is organic raspberry production a profitable enterprise?

Brambles, including raspberries and blackberries, can be a very profitable crop, but how profitable they will be for you depends on several factors. To begin with, your market will determine the price you receive for your berries. You will get premium prices selling directly to consumers at farmers markets,.....

US (WI): Research program provides free produce

When Hannah DePorter’s plant breeding and genetics lab at UW-Madison grows beets, only a fraction of what the students harvest winds up being used for research.Some of the rest goes to local food pantries and to students such as DePorter, who takes beets home to cook and give to friends. But there’s always.....

New board game helps children eat vegetables

Every parent dreams of having fun during dinner, but the reality is often different. Are your children picky eaters? Do they refuse to eat anything green, resulting in them not eating a balanced meal? The board game De Reis van 5 (The trip of five) wants to change that.You and your children become pirates,.....

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American Farmland Trust celebrates farmers markets

'The most powerful tool we have to protect farmland – is our fork.' That’s the message of a summer-long campaign to promote family farmers and local farmers markets — the people and the places that bring us ripe, luscious strawberries, flavor-packed tomatoes, crisp greens and cucumbers and other fresh and.....

"Each generation of shoppers speaks its own language"

‘Language’ can be seen in a broad sense here; in terms of values but also in the way in which shoppers buy their groceries. By communicating in a fitting way, via preferred platforms and media, similar products can become popular with different target groups.Millennials: Sustainable, healthy and flexible.....

“We’ve noticed customers returning to brand products”

Gilad launches own brand: Chili Festival

By launching their own brand Chili Festival and renewing their house style, Gilad Produce wants to make the pepper market more distinctive. “We see customers returning to brand products.”The pepper market is doing well. There are more and more different varieties to be found, there’s more demand, and more.....

US: FLM+ and Harvest PR & Marketing join forces as FLM Harvest

FLM+ and Harvest PR & Marketing announced they will join forces, merging complementary competencies, cultures and client portfolios across the farm, food, environmental sciences and lifestyle spectrum. Together, the companies will rebrand as FLM Harvest. Combined, the new organization will have more than.....

Sunset tomatoes and peppers win international flavor awards

Sunset has won two flavor awards from The International Taste and Quality Institute in Belgium for their peppers and tomatoes. This is the 8th consecutive year the greenhouse company has been recognized for its flavor. Taking top honors this year was Sunset’s newest product, Aloha peppers, a unique striped.....

Village Farms releases fruit & veg ice-pop recipes for summer

Village Farms has released some summer themed ice pop recipes to help their customers keep cool during the summer months. Recipes include Cherry No. 9 Fall in Love Again, Cabernet Estate Reserve, and Lorabella Blossom tomatoes as well as Scrumptious Mini cucumbers.“While everyone else has turned their focus.....

Are you ready to win Yara's Open Innovation Challenge?

Do you like thinking outside the box? Do you have an inquisitive mind? Do you like challenging conventional wisdom? In Yara’s Open Innovation Challenge, they’re awarding NOK 100,000 in prize money to the student who comes up with the best idea for solving some of the world’s major challenges.Yara is looking.....

Canada invests to connect students with agriculture

The Government of Canada is working with industry to help raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of agriculture among young Canadians. The agriculture and food sector is one of Canada’s key growth industries and the opportunities for youth are endless.Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence.....

Will Trump eliminate the Farmers Market Promotion Program?

President Trump’s proposed budget recommends the complete elimination of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) in the upcoming Farm Bill. FMPP is the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) primary grant program serving America’s farmers markets and direct marketing-ranchers and.....

"Every sales channel has a story to tell"

The number of sales channels keeps growing, but how do you make sure shoppers keep purchasing certain products? By gaining insight in why they choose a certain sales channel at certain moments and understanding its added value. Providing the right information and inspiration at the right place and time,.....

Australia: NFF push for a more unified horticulture lobby

The growing push for a more united horticulture sector could see the National Farmers’ Federation take a lead role alongside some of the industry’s heaviest hitters.The NFF has proposed a horticulture members’ council — potentially to sit within the NFF — in a bid to get the sector’s 40-odd lobby groups.....

US: “Better Seed, Better Life” student video contest

Are you a graduate or undergraduate student focusing on a plant-science discipline? The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB), and the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America (Tri-Societies) invite you.....

Copa and Cogeca meet with Canadian traders and industry

Led by EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan, Copa and Cogeca are taking part in a trade mission to Canada which offers a good opportunity to find new markets for European produce and to meet traders, after a free trade deal was finalised with Canada this year (CETA).The mission includes a delegation of 60.....

Spanish ad campaign tackles greenhouse myths

The greenhouse fruit and vegetable sector interprofessional, Hortiespaña, has held its first Ordinary General Assembly in Almeria; a meeting with the main actors in the horticultural sector of the province which has also been attended by public representatives of the regional and national administrations.The.....

Setting prices for organic crops

The number-one factor in effective pricing is quantifying your costs and selling above those costs. It can be difficult to quantify production costs accurately and estimate profits from sales, but knowing production costs is key to staying in business. You must make sure that you’re making more than you're.....

Phil Hogan leads EU food and drink delegation to Canada

Phil Hogan, EU agriculture and rural development commissioner, will lead a delegation of 60 EU food and beverage producers and associations to Canada from 1-3 May 2017 to promote quality food and beverage products from Europe.The visit coincides with SIAL Canada, the biggest food and beverage trade fair in.....

China: Fruit and vegetables from space

Space lettuce, space bamboo shoots and space clover. All these are vegetables that were grown at a space station in outer space. What are they like? What about outer space vegetables such as space carrots, space eggplant and space pumpkins? Are they really different from what is grown on earth? Yesterday was.....