PMAs Glimpse into the Future 2017 Produce and Floral Environmental Scan

Special Report: PMA’s 2017 Glimpse into the Future

PMA’s “Glimpse into the Future” report identifies issues and trends that are likely to affect the global fresh produce and floral industries in the next three to five years. It was developed from information gathered by the PMA Research team, in conjunction with members and volunteer leaders worldwide, as well as global subject matter experts.

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work smarter not harder

To Address Labor Challenges, Work Smarter Not Harder

Ask produce and floral industry executives on the production side of the supply chain what keeps them up at night, and chances are that labor is at the top of their list of insomnia inducers. Labor consumes a significant amount of management time to hire, fire and take care of everything in between.

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Can Farm Robots Avert a Growing Labor Shortage?

Can Farm Robots avert a growing labor shortage?

Produce and floral growers are quickly identifying labor as one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today. Small and large farms are encountering the twin threat of a dwindling labor pool and rising farm costs. A dire need for a solution is apparent. Automation and robotics stand to provide more productive, efficient and cost-effective farms than ever before. PMA is dedicated in providing you the latest technological advancements and its effect on the produce and floral industry.

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Leveraging Operational Systems: webinar

Webinar: Leveraging Operational Systems

Supply chain transparency is quickly becoming a cost of doing business spurned by millennials' insatiable appetite for information. Social media, smart phones and the Internet of Things have made it possible for companies to share their story and communicate with consumers. Now more than ever, new technology is enabling organizations to communicate within the supply chain.

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Emerging Leaders Program Center for Growing Talent by PMA

Business Profile - Eco Farms

Business profiles are part of an ongoing series in which PMA members share their expertise and experience with other PMA members. In this profile, Eco Farms discusses overcoming challenges and staying up on current trends.

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Seed treaty offers tools for greater produce nutrition, flavor; less waste

Seed treaty aims to establish a global system to provide farmers, plant breeders and scientists from around the world access to plant genetic materials to address pressing challenges in the fresh produce and floral industries.

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Big data

Big Impact of Big Data

Part of the challenge of big data is finding where the sheer volume of data and insights available about foodservice intersect with the more narrow data and insights that matter to your business, Massa said.

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Data in the Floral Category

Point of Sale data can be a treasure trove of information for marketers. What products were purchased, when and where they were purchased and in what quantities can lead to a better understanding of the velocity and effectiveness of our retail efforts. If this data is available, using it within your organization and sharing it with your retail channel partners is useful for both the merchandising efforts and your supply chain.

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EPA's shrinking tolerance for risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears to be signaling a change in how it looks at crop protection tools and the evidence it considers for reregistration. This agency’s decisions can have dramatic impact on growers’ ability to produce their crops. PMA will be working with cooperators, engaging with federal agencies and submitting comments whenever appropriate to ensure EPA uses the best science in its decisions about crop protection tools our members need. The produce industry’s voice must be heard.

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GMO labeling negotiations near final

Just days before the Vermont genetically modified organism (GMO) mandatory labeling law went into effect, July 1, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee leaders and industry stakeholders reached agreement on their version of legislation addressing labeling products containing GMOs. Today only a few produce varieties have been genetically engineered, but the eleventh-hour agreement, combined with Vermont officials’ statements deferring enforcement of the law, provides a potential path to avoid further concerns about a state-by-state patchwork of differing rules.

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