The on-line Postharvest Resource Directory can be searched by keyword for hundreds of supplies and a wide variety of postharvest equipment and tools.
The International Ripening Company offers a wealth of products for handling produce from the identifying maturity in the field to managing the ripening room at the retail level.
http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/ (National Organic Program standards)
http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ (Fruit & Vegetable Programs)
http://www.ams.usda.gov/tmd/ (Transportation & Marketing Programs)
Agricultural Marketing Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Agricultural Marketing Service includes six commodity programs--Cotton, Dairy, Fruit and Vegetable, Livestock and Seed, Poultry, and Tobacco. The programs employ specialists who provide standardization, grading and market news services for those commodities. They enforce such Federal Laws as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Federal Seed Act. AMS commodity programs also oversee marketing agreements and orders, administer research and promotion programs, and purchase commodities for Federal food programs.
The mission of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is to protect America 's animal and plant resources by:
A list of the APHIS/Plant Protection and Quarantine Manuals that are available electronically.
Regulating the Importation of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – (This complete handbook is available online.)
The Produce Reporter Company Blue Book Services allow members to check out vital business information such as credit ratings of potential buyers.
A case study of postharvest handling, marketing and transportation training for Ghana . Website contains many postharvest training materials and marketing links.
President Clinton signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) into law on May 18, 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act of 2000. The Act offers tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets. Included in this website are a few the resources African businesses can use to either search or post information on the products or services they wish to sell. Unless otherwise noted, the services provided by these websites are free.
The Produce Marketing Association, founded in 1949, is a not-for-profit global trade association serving over 2,400 members who market fresh fruits, vegetables, and related products worldwide. Its members are involved in the production, distribution, retail, and foodservice sectors of the industry.
University of California's Food Safe program offers information for growers that assists in their efforts to protect food safety.
University of California's Good Agricultural Practices
Gateway to U.S. government information on food safety.
US FDA manual on "Improving the Safety and Quality of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables".
Food security guidance documents.
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition - Any pesticide used in growing and post-harvest treatment of each produce item must be registered for use in the United States for the particular produce item. Pesticide residues must not exceed established limits.
Cornell University ’s Good Agricultural Practices Program offers a free copy of a grower’s guide entitled Food Safety Begins on the Farm: Good Agricultural Practices for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.
At this University of California (UC) website you will find a wide range of fact sheets on individual fruits and vegetables, temperature recommendations for storage, links to suppliers of postharvest equipment and many reference articles on the postharvest handling of perishables.
Website hosted by Extension Systems International offering mentoring at no charge to extension workers and postharvest professionals interested in developing further skills in postharvest technology, training and demonstrations of practices. CDRom of a wide range of postharvest training materials available free of charge by mail order (please include $4.95 for copying services, packaging, shipping and handling).
A draft version of the forthcoming revision to USDA Agricultural Handbook 66: Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables and Florist and Nursery Stocks.
This United Nations website includes a variety of FAO and other publications that users can browse on-line or download for their personal use. The UCDavis training publication. Small-Scale Postharvest Handling Practices: A Manual for Horticultural Crops (3 rd edition) provides cost-effective recommendations on improved handling of fruits and vegetables from the farm to the market. Other publications focus on packaging, storage, marketing or training and extension.
This website sponsored by North Carolina State University offers information on postharvest cooling and storage options for many commodities.
University of California Kearney Agricultural Center.
University of Florida Postharvest Group
Florida Department of Citrus postharvest information.
Washington State University postharvest information.
Sydney Postharvest Laboratory information ( Australia ).
South Australian Research and Development Institute.
A comprehensive assembly of information about postharvest handling of floral crops.
This website describes the many publications, slide sets and videos on agriculture and horticulture developed and offered for sale by the University of California . There is also a long list of free publications available to read online or to download.
This website contains the basic information related to Food safety.
Note : if you find any useful websites not mentioned please let us knows.