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Legislation Introduced to Expand Salad Bars in Schools

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) recently introduced ‘The Salad Bar in Schools Expansion Act’ in the House of Representatives.

The Salad Bar in Schools Expansion Act establishes grant funding to provide training, technical assistance and placement of salad bars in elementary, middle and high schools across the country. It also ensures USDA is proactive in promoting school salad bars and allows schools flexibility to use federal funding for …


What to Do In Case Of a Crisis

One of the primary areas in which the Association works with the National Watermelon Promotion Board is Crisis Communications. As we have all seen in recent years, when a crop is recalled or an outbreaks occurs, the media and government agencies envelope the story like bees on a hive.

The NWPB crisis communications plan is in place to assist staff and the industry to be prepared to address a crisis in watermelon industry if necessary. The plan has a number of resources that have been put in place to ensure that the …


Seeds for Thought

#nwafuturisticfridays - Generation Quiz: How well-informed are you?

By Nicole Schrader Traveling through Georgia recently, a friend and I stopped at Cracker Barrel for lunch. If you've ever eaten at a Cracker Barrel you would know that on each table there is a peg game in which you try to jump pegs, removing one with each move, in order to have the least number remaining at the end. If you are very good at the game, only one peg will remain and you will be proclaimed a 'genius.' I've never had fewer than three on the board and humbly accept the label, 'just plain dumb.' I may not be...


#nwamembermondays - Buddy Leger

It is no wonder that Mr. CM 'Buddy' Leger of Leger & Son, Inc. was honored in Georgia's Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2012; his outstanding history in produce and specifically, watermelon, has also made him a renown member of the National Watermelon Association. Buddy's career began in the early 1950's when he worked for the Federal State Inspection Service grading fruits and vegetables. In the '60s, he managed Cordele's Farmers Market operated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, but it was in 1964 that he set foot in the watermelon business for himself. In the late 1970s, Mr. Buddy Leger...


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