USDA resource helps food hubs improve performance

A new resource from the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service will help food hubs improve their financial performance. Food hubs are a businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of locally-produced food. ... more

Fall Creek names Verges International COO

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery has named Oscar Verges as international chief operations officer. In his new role at Fall Creek, Verges will be responsible for Fall Creek’s international subsidiaries including Europe, Mexico and Peru and will oversee... more

MFFPA opens scholarship application period

The Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association (MFFPA) will present up to three scholarships to winning applicants on Wednesday, June 22. Applicant requirements include having successfully completed freshman year at an accredited community/state ... more

Selling directly to consumers helps farms stay in business

Opportunities to buy food directly from farmers, in urban and rural areas, have increased considerably in recent years. The number of farms that sold food at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, onfarm stores, and community-suppo... more

Mummy berry germinates in Michigan blueberries

Mummy berry is caused by the fungus Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi and is characterized by blighting of young shoots, which are referred to as “shoot strikes.” Fruit infection leads to the shriveling and mummification of berries, hence the name mum... more

Miticide options for controlling mites in fruit

Mites can be significant pests of fruit crops. There are many miticides available for control of European red mites (ERM), twospotted spider mites (TSSM), cyclamen mites (CM) and rust mites (RM), as well as apple and pear rust mites, pear blister mit... more

IFTA seeking scholarship applications, donations

The International Fruit Tree Association is accepting applications for Young Professional Scholarships to its summer tour in New York state and annual winter meeting in Wenatchee, Washington. All young persons involved in the tree fruit industry are ... more

Visa backlogs threaten this year’s harvest

Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest America's food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, American Farm Bureau Federation President ... more

Root pruning helps reduce excessive vigor

Using root pruning to help control excessive tree vigor has been researched by Dave Ferree of Ohio State University and Jim Schupp of Pennsylvania State University. Root pruning is accomplished by pulling an offset subsoiler blade or a large coulter ... more


Equipment monitors orchard temperature

When it comes to apples, idealists continually search for the best one, pessimists settle for the one within easiest reach, while optimists take them all and make pies – or in the case of the Watson family in Sonora, California, hard apple cider an... more

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