Honeycrisp prices up; total apple dollars down

Retail prices for the consumer favorite Honeycrisp apple rose in October 2015, yet the total dollars apples contributed to the produce department fell by half a percent when comparing the same four weeks from 2014, according to a Stemilt analysis of ... more

Florida Postharvest Horticulture Tour Feb. 29-March 4

The Florida Postharvest Horticulture Tour brings participants “up-close and personal” to learn how fresh subtropical, tropical and temperate fruits, vegetables and ornamental crops are handled. With exclusive, behind-the-scene visits hosted by t... more

Poster requirements can be daunting for ag employers

Employers must often keep up with a variety of required government posters at their orchards, farms or other places of business, which can be daunting at times. Private poster services can be helpful by selling a grower a large poster th... more

Michigan Grape & Wine Conference Feb. 24-26

The Michigan Grape & Wine Conference will be held for the first time in southwest Michigan, Feb. 24-26 at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites. The conference will be the hosting center for the Northern Grapes Symposium annual meeting ... more

Pruning mature trees in a semi-dwarf apple orchard

Apples are a long-lived perennial crop, thus most fruit farms have several blocks of trees that vary in age and size. Many orchard enterprises have adopted intensive (≥ 518 trees per acre) orchard systems over the past 25 years. However, blocks of ... more

Free webinars will discuss latest FSMA final rules

Produce industry members will have an opportunity to interact with FDA and ask questions about three final Food Safety Modernization Act rules and their implementation requirements via two free webinars. Each of the 90-minute webinars is hosted by Pr... more

Bush named Grape and Wine program manager for Michigan

Peter Anastor, Division Director, Agriculture Development Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Devleopment (MDARD), has announced that Karel Bush has been selected as the Grape and Wine Program Manager on the staff of the Agr... more

Spotted wing drosophila webinar for Michigan sweet and tart cherry growers

Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch, along with the Michigan Cherry Committee, are hosting an online Zoom webinar on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about the invasive fruit fly pest spotted wing Drosoph... more

Organizations get funding to expand commercial export markets

USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has awarded fiscal year 2016 funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for U.S. goods. The Market Access Program (MAP) focuses on consumer promot... more

Study targets eco-friendly pest management solutions for invasive fruit pests

Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) have received a $173,151 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study novel, non-spray control methods for invasive fruit pests. The two-year project will examine the use o... more

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