A multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections was linked to a single brand of Maradol papayas from Mexico, but other varieties and brands have not been implicated, according to a leading importer of the tropical fruit. On July 21, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued an advisory not to eat yellow Maradol papayas due to the possibility of the presence of Salmonella Kiambu, which to date has afflicted... Read more

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Onions great, sweet corn late for Sakata Farms
A rough start to the season that included replanting 60 acres of onions following a May hailstorm, Sakata Farms in Brighton, CO, is on track to ship “one of our better onion crops and good sweet corn,” according to farm founder Bob Sakata. Bob Sakata of Sakata Farms in Brighton, CO, says onions look great this year and sweet corn, though maybe a... Read more

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Fagerberg expecting normal early August start for onions
Although unsettled weather was hit and miss across Colorado during the planting and early growing season, Fagerberg Farms in Eaton north of Denver largely escaped the unwanted effects of a cold, wet, late spring and pounding hail later. Ryan Fagerberg, who works sales and is also involved in farming operations, said all in all the season has progressed normally,... Read more


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NYAA announces changes to marketing and communications staff
New York Apple Association Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Haskins will direct the association’s activities to market and promote the 2017 New York state apple crop, and has assembled an experienced staff team of both new and familiar faces to assist her. “I am very excited... Read more