Cornell leading effort to train farmers on produce safety rules

Cornell is leading a national alliance aimed at improving the safety of fresh produce and helping fruit and vegetable growers meet new regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The act, signed by President Barack Obama i... more


Prepare sprayers for storage now to avoid problems in spring

Growers — extra care for your sprayer now can save time and money later. So says Erdal Ozkan, an engineer and spray technology expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Ozkan, who ... more

Michigan value-added grant proposals due Nov. 17

The Value-Added Grant Program is accepting abstract grant proposals until 3 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Nov. 17, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD). Proposals received after 3 p.m. will not be considered. ... more


‘Nothing is typical’ for UC Farm Advisor

If you ask Ben Faber about a typical day as UC Farm Advisor working on Subtropical Crops, Soils and Water issues, he’ll tell you they simply don’t exist. “Nothing is typical,” explains Ben, who has worked 27 years as a Farm Advisor. “One... more


Apple presentations on tap at 2016 Great Lakes EXPO

Even though apple harvest is wrapping up for the 2016 season, there is still much to do – orchard clean up or removal, late-season mowing, rodent management, equipment repairs and education. Yes, education is a vital component of your apple operati... more

Worker dies after 20-foot fall at Michigan fruit facility

An employee at Belding Fruit Storage in Belding, Michigan, died from a 20-foot fall at the facility on Oct. 15. Arturo "Sam" Medina was a 38-year employee of the Belding Fruit Storage facility, the Ionia Sentinal-Standard reports. The Michigan Oc... more


Latino Farmer Conference aims to help Spanish-speaking farmers

The second annual Latino Farmer Conference will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Monterey, California. This annual conference is conducted in Spanish and translated into English for all attendees. “Hispanic farmers and ranchers are a dynamic ... more

Luna fungicide receives label expansion in California

Luna fungicide is now approved for use on a wider range of fruit, tree nut and vegetable crops in California. “This label expansion offers key fungicide options to horticulture growers in California,” said Bayer Product Manager Joel Lipsitch... more

Vertical Designs receives permit to build vertical strawberry farm

Vertical Designs has received permits to build a vertical farm producing strawberries under the license agreement with Affinor Growers. Construction will begin in early 2017 and currently in the process of finalizing purchase orders required to begi... more

Vole tunneling. Photo: Amy Irish-Brown/MSU Extension.

Integrated approach needed for rodent management in orchards

As the 2016 apple harvest wraps up in many areas in Michigan in the next week or so, there are many tasks to get done before winter gets here. Michigan State University Extension suggests one task best done as soon as possible after harvest as the co... more

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