Jodi Lewis • October 2022
99% of users say our Service Specialist Team goes above and beyond to make sure operations can implement Highland Hub with ease.
99% of users say our Service Specialist Team goes above and beyond to make sure operations can implement Highland Hub with ease.
Highland Ag Solutions provides digital solutions for food safety, compliance, and data management through a virtual ecosystem called Highland Hub. The introduction of Highland Ag MarketWatch to Highland Ag’s suite of products is another advancement in agriculture technology now available to the fresh produce industry.
Highland Ag MarketWatch is a first-of-its-kind data analysis software delivering visibility into current market trends for marketers to make impactful, data-driven decisions.
Since it’s National Watermelon Day, who best to go to than Stephanie Barlow, Senior Director of Communications with the National Watermelon Promotion Board? We asked Stephanie a few questions about the Promotion Board and all things watermelon:
Grimmway Farms, the largest carrot producer in the world and largest organic vegetable producer in the United States has chosen Highland Ag Solutions as their food safety and regulatory compliance management software provider.
Our customers grow, pack and ship specialty fruits and vegetables, working hard each day to safely provide the fresh ingredients that go into that cherished family recipe. It’s no different here at Highland Ag Solutions. Our team follows a recipe to make sure we are providing the newest, and best features in Highland Hub that enable our customers to virtualize the business of agriculture.
Let’s face it, if you are responsible for running a food safety program in agriculture or in any industry, then you know how complicated it can be. During my time as a Food Safety Specialist, Food Safety Manager or any other Food Safety position (in produce and in other industries) I have seen reoccurring mistakes made, and with mountains of paperwork and daily updates, it can be overwhelming.
As Florida and the nation continues to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Grower® magazine is recognizing the important role businesses play in serving specialty crop producers in the state. This month, we are featuring Steve Maxwell, founder and CEO of Highland Ag Solutions.
Mulberry, FL – The board of directors of Highland Ag Solutions is proud to announce that Justin Machell has just been promoted to Chief Executive Officer.
Please help us welcome Aimee Smith as the new Sales Manager for Highland Ag Solutions. Aimee will be responsible for implementing and managing our strategic sales efforts.
I’ve been in the produce industry now for more than 30 years and I can testify that we’ve seen a lot of change. The Blueberry industry can also testify that much change has occurred during those 30 years. But not all change is bad.
Stopping cross contamination is a crucial step in keeping our nation’s food supply safe for human consumption. It becomes a daily task that few people enjoy. Maintaining equipment that is clean, safe and running plays an important role in moving products through the supply chain. Highland Fresh Technologies is dedicated to helping blueberry growers through the post-harvest process with sanitizing and cleaning products that are effective, efficient and easy-to-use.
July is the peak of blueberry production in North America and appropriately, National Blueberry Month here in the US. While the blueberry industry is focused on promoting the healthy benefits of berries to consumers, it is also a perfect time to share how industry farmers, packers and marketers can use data to help their businesses.
CDC and the Department of Labor have created a checklist for agricultural operations to aid growers and packers in assessing the unique risks and practices specific to farming activities.
When we look way back to 2005, at the beginning of Highland, there was a very small group of people learning about an emerging need in the produce industry. That small group had limited knowledge about the plastics and packaging world, and each day was a learning experience. It was an opportunity to listen to …
We only need look to agriculture to put our current situation into context. Every farmer has dealt with some type of new pest problem over time. There are clear analogies between what we do in agriculture and what the medical community does to combat disease challenges.
The National Institute of Health released a pre-publication report March 11th on environmental stability of the virus causing COVID-19 illnesses. This was based on lab work conducted in the U.S. with the new virus. They examined survival in aerosol form in the air (such as after a sneeze or cough), and on cardboard, copper, stainless steel, and …
A Guide for Growers What is coronavirus and why is this unique? Coronavirus is a term used to describe a family of viruses that have a number of common characteristics. Coronaviruses are known to cause the common cold in humans. The recently identified strain of coronavirus that originated in China late in 2019 is now …
In order to control agricultural pests, sometimes growers need to turn to natural solutions to help increase the efficiency of an existing integrated pest management program, or in the case of organic growers, to meet regulatory standards. One of the most heavily utilized natural solutions to control these pests is the use of biocontrol agents. …
Recently, many of our customers have been experiencing strawberry crown rot, leaf spots and fungal pathogens on berries and vegetable crops. In the case of strawberries, the prolonged overhead irrigation required after transplanting provides optimal infection conditions for bacterial and fungal pathogens. In addition, warm and humid weather conditions result in increased disease pressure on …
If your operation is registered with FDA as a food facility, you are required to be compliant with the Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule, rather than the Produce Safety rule. This is an important distinction. Many packing or storage facilities previously registered under older criterion can now be categorized as secondary farms under the Produce Safety …
Late spring and early summer are the times of year where a drive through eastern North Carolina takes you through fields and fields of strawberry patches hugging the ground in perfectly manicured rows. It gives you the kind of feeling the Beatles crooned about: that the strawberry fields really do go on forever. Even though …
A grower wakes to the glowing light of the phone on his night table. A notification has been pushed from the weather station in the early hours due to last night’s storm, which produced heavy rainfall. A second one appears quickly after from the soil and salinity probe, notifying him that he is reaching his …
The bane of any farmer’s operation is an unpredictable shift in weather that can harm one’s crop. From rains at harvest, to freezes during flowering, even the best predictive weather models cannot always account for inopportune weather. Farmers spend a decent portion of their time constantly observing the patterns of mother nature, in the hopes …
HPA now offers the Highland Hub to our agricultural educators, providing access to the exact application that numerous farms are implementing in their own operations. Join our training session at the FFA State Convention on June 14. It’s open to all agriculture educators that are interested in purchasing the Highland Hub for their classroom. For …
We hear it all of the time when we meet a new customer, attending an industry show, or answering questions on a discussion panel, “You all are a drone company, right?” It’s then that we smile and realize what a great opportunity we have to let them know what Precision Agriculture means.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is said to be the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years. FSMA is made up of seven major rules, one of which being the Produce Safety Rule.
Highland Precision Ag is very excited to share the 2016-2017 edition of Florida Magazine – your guide to Florida’s farms, forests food and exports. Florida Magazine is published in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Waypoint Analytical, Inc. (WP), in Memphis, TN and Highland Precision Ag, LLC, (HPA), in Mulberry, FL, are pleased to announce a strategic alliance in the Precision Ag industry that will enhance Highland’s laboratory testing services.
As the agriculture industry changes to include new farming practices, such as precision agriculture, a new generation of farmers are beginning to adopt the responsibility of integrating these new practices into their operations.
For the Florida citrus industry, time is not on our side.
Huanglongbing, commonly known among growers as citrus greening, has compromised millions of citrus trees all over the world and has only recently made its way to the western hemisphere.
Pesticides. Whenever the word is mentioned, it usually strikes a debate between those who think we should use them and those who think we shouldn’t use them for a variety of different reasons.
When most people think of a farmer, they think of an idealistic pasture, dotted with cattle that are peacefully grazing as a humble family picks fresh fruits and vegetables from their fields.
Farmers markets were the first source of income for many of our grandparents and great-grandparents. After a long week of tending to fields, they’d pack up their pickup trucks and head down to the local market to sell their fresh fruits and vegetables.
On Monday, August 29, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new rules for commercially used, small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) went into effect.
A quick Google search for “precision agriculture degrees” brings up nine colleges with curriculum focused on precision agriculture. With several technologies being introduced into agricultural processes, schools across the country are creating new agriculture programs or adapting their current agriculture curriculum to include new techniques and technologies.
Earth’s surface is approximately 71 percent water. Of that percentage, our oceans hold about 96.5 percent of it, while things like water vapor, rivers, lakes, ice caps, glaciers and aquifers make up the remaining 3.5 percent.
The FDA has announced several final rules in recent months as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). There are some key details that every member of the fresh produce industry needs to examine and understand in terms of how FDA defines certain activities and types of operations.
President Obama signed a bill into law that makes labeling genetically modified foods mandatory. Keep reading for more information on the new requirements and how this may impact your packaging.
Calloused hands from years of hard labor. Weary eyes from decades of watching the sun and the fields and the weather. Deep wrinkles from what seems like a century of hoping that this year’s harvest will provide enough to get by. This is the stereotypical farmer that many Americans tend to think of when we are talking about the people that grow our food. Dirty boots, coveralls, plaid shirts, straw hats and maybe a piece of straw sticking out from between their teeth.
Big data, by definition, is extremely large sets of data that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends and associations. In agriculture, big data refers to all of the information being collected by various agriculture technologies or farm employees.
Did you know, on July 1, 2016 the Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act went into effect. Of course, the devil is in the details or in this case the rules. The US Department of Labor just announced “new” rules to adjust civil penalty amounts to adjust for inflation.
In 1835, Alex de Tocqueville, a French political thinker and historian known for his works Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution wrote, “The greatness of America lies in her ability to repair her faults.” But, how do we repair our faults within the current political discourse?
Farmers have always faced a variety of challenges, spanning from weather, environmental degradation, regulatory and compliance, costs of production and labor, and the chaos of markets. Precision agriculture allows farmers to easily track all of this data while collecting real-time information that can help farmers respond more quickly to the challenges they face.
He’s the brains behind Highland Precision Ag. Growing up alongside his grandfather in the fields of Georgia, Steve has seen firsthand some of the challenges growers have faced with maintaining postharvest quality, as well as handling and marketing their products. That’s why he’s dedicated himself to building a company steeped in precision agriculture practices committed to the success of the farmer.
Climate change. No one wants to talk about it, yet, it’s something that will continue to have an impact on the agriculture industry for years to come. And farmers—arguably the individuals most affected by weather variability—may be on the front lines in the battle against it, armed with more sustainable farming practices, such as precision agriculture technologies.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that $130 million in funding is available to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including: certified organic production, agriculture technology, food safety and more.
Weather can be the source of a variety of farming struggles for growers. But did you know that many farmers actually rely on cold temperatures to help prevent insect infestations? Growers have been dealing with ever-changing weather for centuries. However, as weather patterns change, it becomes much more difficult to follow the traditional cycle of spring, summer, winter and fall, and even more difficult to predict weather day-to-day.
They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. While regulators shouldn’t be the enemy to growers, sometimes it can feel like they are. Becoming a friend of the land oftentimes requires becoming an even closer friend of local, state and federal agencies. However, many farmers feel that these agencies are working against them, as with every minor change in policies and procedures leads to a big change in their processes—and ultimately their productivity.