J.R. Simplot Company and Plant Sciences Inc. Forge Strategic Alliance on Gene Editing of Strawberries

October 29, 2021 J.R. Simplot Company

The J.R. Simplot Company announced today it has entered a strategic alliance with Plant Sciences Inc. (PSI), a Watsonville, CA-based plant breeding company, to drive new breeding techniques for strawberries, including gene editing.

Fresh Del Monte Announces Price Increases in Response to Inflationary Market

October 29, 2021 Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.

The move comes in response to unprecedented market conditions and inflationary pressures being felt across all industries, affecting Fresh Del Monte particularly as it relates to production and supply chain.

U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council Details Strategic Plan Empowering Industry to ‘Make Blueberries the World’s Favorite Fruit’

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) today announced details around its recently approved 2021-2025 strategic plan, which charts an ambitious course to exponentially grow the volume and value of blueberries domestically and across the globe. The comprehensive plan explains how USHBC will lead demand-driving programs based on shared resources, research and insights that inspire possibilities and sustain the profitable growth of the blueberry industry – ultimately uniting industry stakeholders to work together toward making blueberries the world’s favorite fruit. 

USDA Announces Over $243M in Grants Awarded to Strengthen the Specialty Crop Industry

October 29, 2021 USDA AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an investment of more than $243 million in grants to support specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and nursery crops through two USDA programs – the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grants program.

Atlantic Mackerel Fishing Shut Down for the Rest of the Year

October 28, 2021 Associated Press

The federal government is shutting down the harvest of an important species of fish for the rest of the year because of concerns about overfishing.