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Chinese cherry production, imports to rise in 2019-20

According to the USDA's report, the Chinese industry is expected to see a 23% year-on-year rise in production to 420,000 metric tons (MT) this coming season.
July 18 , 2019

U.S. judge denies Chiquita's request to be let out of poisoning litigation

A U.S. Magistrate Judge denied the company's motion to dismiss it from the Ecuadoran portion of a mass tort lawsuit filed by workers from South and Central America against multiple companies, including Dole Foods Co. Inc. and Dow Chemical Co
July 18 , 2019

India: Maharashtra grape growers to organize marketing efforts under federation

By joining forces, the 50,000 Indian farmers in the country's Nashik district could better tackle industry problems, such as unfair pricing, the lack of insurance, and demands from export destinations.
July 18 , 2019

Australia ups efforts against Queensland fruit fly with A$10M research project

The money will support the SITplus program, which involves the release of millions of sterile flies, limiting the opportunity for wild flies to mate, and ultimately leading to a collapse in subsequent generations of wild flies.
July 17 , 2019

U.S.: Western Growers urges "swift implementation" of proposed H-2A reforms

Proposals include updating the way wage rates are determined, streamlining and simplifying the application process, strengthening protections for U.S. and foreign workers, and easing burdens on employers. 
July 17 , 2019
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