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Charity Golf Event- 2015

Please join Ag World Support Systems for the Ag World Golf Classic on June 15, 2015, to benefit the Spokane Ronald McDonald House. Have a great day of golf at the beautiful Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, WA (www.canyonlakesgolfcourse.com). The event will include a 4-person scramble, dinner banquet and awards receptions following the golf. Tournament Information – Registration […]

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USDA Good Delivery Webinar

During our training classes we encounter many questions regarding good delivery tolerances, and whether loads meet or fail these specs.  On December 5th, the USDA is hosting a live webinar, free to anyone interested.  Listed below is from the USDA: Interpreting USDA Fruit & Vegetable Inspections: Does the shipment make good delivery? Please join us […]

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Private Industry Job Openings

A few months ago we wrote about searching for available government jobs within the produce industry.  Most of the jobs catered to entry level fruit and vegetable inspectors, or some job openings within FDA, related to food safety.  Unfortunately, recent events have unfolded and so have the job openings within the government.  Budget cutbacks have […]

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Help Wanted- USDA Inspectors

Less than a year ago I let you know about the financial problems within the Pennsylvania State fresh products inspection program.  Although the dust has not completely settled, events are unfolding that could very well happen to other state inspection programs.  This is worth watching. The USDA was quoted in The Packer as saying they would […]

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Table Grapes- Import Requirements

On April 10th, all seedless grapes being imported into the United States from Chile will have to meet U.S. Import Requirements.  What exactly does this mean? The United States has import requirements that are effective on April 10th of each year.  These import requirements offer protection for California grape growers from having competing countries export below quality grapes into the […]

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The Packer- Fresh Talk Blog

About a week ago I had the pleasure of paticipating in an on-line chat with Tom Karst, National Editor of The Packer.  He asked me a few questions about International Produce Training, what we offer to the produce industry and a few questions about my experience with the USDA, during the bribery scandal in Hunts Point. The entire chat […]

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Operation Forbidden Fruit- 10 Year Anniversary

It is hard to imagine but ten years has past by since Operation Forbidden Fruit occurred.  In late October 1999, eight USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Inspectors, including two supervisors were arrested on charges of bribery and corruption.  On a personal note, I was one of the replacement inspectors called in that day, to continue inspections at the […]

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USDA Food Safety Audit Programs

If you have taken notice, there has been quite a bit of news recently involving produce recalls involving green onions and spinach.  Various blogs are posting comments related to recalls in general, the responsibilities of industry, and the blame on the food safety auditing firms.  The Leafy Greens Marketing Order (LGMA) has taken the brunt of […]

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Inspection Troubles in Pennsylvania

I received a phone call from a worried industry member this past week as he told me of some recent shakeups in the Department of Agriculture in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With the state budget not having been signed, cuts were made throughout the state, including some key spots in Agriculture. The first key position eliminated […]

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