USDA and FDA announce key step to advance collaborative efforts to streamline produce safety requirements for farmers

2018-06-27T09:58:38+00:00June 27, 2018|Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing effort to make the oversight of food safety stronger and more efficient, USDA and FDA announced the alignment of the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program (USDA H-GAP) with the requirements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) Produce Safety Rule. (more…)

An ounce of prevention keeps organic tomatoes healthy

2018-05-04T10:52:21+00:00May 4, 2018|Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Sally Colby

Dr. Lori Hoagland, Purdue University, said that tomatoes are one of the most important vegetable crops in the world. “Organic and local production is increasing throughout the nation,” she said. “Tomatoes have a lot of production issues, so the driving force behind the project was to learn more about the production challenges in order to answer them.” (more…)