1. Shuman Farms Will Reveal New Packaging at Southern Innovations
It’s that time of year again, folks, when the produce industry is packing up its innovative products-and its cowboy boots-and heading down to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Southeast Produce Council’s (SEPC) Southern Innovations.
2. California Giant Adds to Staff, Creates New Roles
California Giant Berry Farms recently hired new key employees and assigned new roles for current staff members. Tom Smith, the director of foodservice, is taking on a new role as director of foodservice and organics, according to a press release from the company.
3. With Regenerative Agriculture Booming, the Question of Pesticide Use Looms Large
The phrase is on everyone’s lips. Major food and apparel companies, presidential candidates, farms, both conventional and organic, even chemical giants are touting “regenerative agriculture” as the be-all and end-all solution to reversing climate change.
4. There’s a New Group of Workers Spreading Organic Pesticide on Crops: Bees
Bees are great at retrieving tiny cargo: their main job is to visit flowering plants in order to gather pollen and nectar for their hive. Now one pesticide company has gained federal permission to ensure they’re bringing something special along on each trip.
5. Where in the World is Organic? Find.Organic will show you!
It’s not easy for an organic seed dealer in Oregon to get connected with that organic grain farmer in Iowa who’s in need of organic seeds, or the organic granola maker in California who wants to use environmentally-friendly containers to find out about the sustainable packaging company in Texas. And even harder for an organic snack food maker in Europe to know about the organic peanut butter and almond butter maker in New York.