This month the FDA plans to resume an assignment to collect and test frozen berries that it paused at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency says the strategy is being developed in response to a history of hepatitis A (HAV) and norovirus (NoV) outbreaks linked to the consumption of both fresh and frozen berries.

The assignment seeks to estimate the prevalence of HAV and NoV in frozen strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and help the FDA identify sites where practices or conditions may exist that constitute safety vulnerabilities.

De Ann Davis

IRVINE, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2022) - Pinnacle Claims Management, Inc., part of the Western Growers Family of Companies (WGFC), has announced it will facilitate patient care as a managing services organization at the Cedar Health and Wellness Center located in Santa Maria, California. This comes after Pinnacle announced it was taking over health care delivery and management of its Cedar Health and Wellness Center in Oxnard, Calif. last year.

Ann Donahue

Jeff Morrison, the Director of Innovation and New Technology at Grimmway Farms, joins the podcast to discuss how he uses his interest in the business side of agriculture to dictate the choices his company makes on the technology side.

For Morrison, solving the puzzle of how best to use agtech to make a return on a company's investment is a universal concern, and he's traveled extensively throughout Europe and Australia to learn how they have worked to solve the problems now faced by farmers in the Western U.S.

Ann Donahue

Registration is now open for YCEDA’s free 2022 Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus Workshop on Aug. 17 to help area growers prepare for the upcoming Yuma produce season.

The workshop will take place at the Yuma Agricultural Center, 6425 W. 8th St. Lunch will be offered at 11:30 a.m, with the workshop itself lasting from noon – 4 p.m.

The agenda includes presentations on the Epidemiology of Impatiens Necrotic Virus; 2022 Update on Thrips and INSV in the Salinas Valley and the Impact and Management of Western Flower Thrips and INSV in Desert Lettuce.

Robert Medler

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