Beyond Food Safety – Sustainability

In Chicago at the United Fresh Expo, a group of passionate contributors met at the GLOBAL G.A.P. 2015 Tour. Previously, I recapped the first session, “Food Safety Harmonization – 6 years later” – this post summarizes the second session Moderated by Robert Denny II a leading Environmental Policy & Risk Reduction Consultant. “Define for me […]

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Get Your Grower Numbers In Line

Cherry harvest is on in Washington State and to a grower that means 25-hour days! Thinking about doing one more thing just isn’t on the radar. But harvest isn’t only about getting the fruit to the packing shed, it’s about depositing those returns back in the bank. In order to make those returns the best […]

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Sense + Nonsense of Farm Certification

Last week at the United Fresh Produce Association GLOBAL G.A.P. Tour in Chicago we heard from leaders in Agriculture about the challenges of Food Safety and Sustainability Certification.  With representatives present across the spectrum, perspectives were varied but on point. After the keynote addressing the role of audits in the industry, GLOBAL G.A.P. President Kristian […]

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Global GAP Tour 2015

We’re excited to be joining our friends and colleagues at the GlobalGAP and the United Fresh produce trade association United Fresh Convention (June 8-10).  We’ll be heading out to Chicago for the one-day conference, Thursday, June 11, with leading agricultural industry and government representatives. The tag line is “beyond food safety” which has many concerned, […]

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A Perspective on Value of Analytics in Agriculture

The AGx Conference was a sponsored ApRecs event held in conjunction with the Washington State Horticultural Association Annual Meeting. Below is a transcription of Dr. Clark Seavert, Professor at OSU bringing the perspective to the discussion regarding return on investment and value of analytics in agriculture. Dr. Seavert is a professor in the Department of […]

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Leveraging Data for Continuous Improvement (Lean)

The AGx Conference was a sponsored ApRecs event held in conjunction with the Washington State Horticultural Association Annual Meeting. Below is a transcription of the second Discussion Group that centered on Leveraging Data for Continuous Improvement (Lean). Download PDF of Transcription Discussion Panel consisted of the following: Joe Dager, Lean Six‐Sigma Blackbelt at ApRecs will […]

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Standard Work as Part of Vertical Integration

The AGx Conference was a sponsored ApRecs event held in conjunction with the Washington State Horticultural Association Annual Meeting. Below is a transcription of Jeromy Markwort’s presentation on Lean Standard Work. Jeromy Markwort is the Lean Coach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Jeromy will discuss; Vertical Integration for Efficiency, Reduced costs and Staff Development or […]

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Angel Reyes Discusses Lean at AGx Conference

The AGx Conference was a sponsored ApRecs event held in conjunction with the Washington State Horticultural Association Annual Meeting. One of the conference sessions was Leveraging Data for Continuous Improvement (Lean) and below is a transcription of Angel Reyes presentation.  Angel Reyes, Lean Champion & Food Safety Supervisor at Underwood Fruit & Warehouse Co, discussed; […]

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AGx Conference: Collision of Agriculture and Data

The AGx Conference was a sponsored ApRecs event held in conjunction with the Washington State Horticultural Association Annual Meeting. Below is a transcription of Drew Zabrocki presentation on the impending “data collision” of the consumer and producer and shed light into how the industry must take a leadership role in this inevitable evolution.  Drew Zabrocki […]

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Leadership Table Discussion at AGx Conference

Why Food Safety Data & Analysis Deserves a Seat at The Leadership Table The AGx Conference was a sponsored ApRecs event held in conjunction with the Washington State Horticultural Association Annual Meeting. Below is a transcription of the First Discussion Group that centered on Why Food Safety Data & Analysis Deserves a Seat at the […]

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