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BioConsortia adds scientists to Science Advisory Board

BioConsortia Inc. added three experts to its Scientific Advisory Board. All three are renowned leaders in their respective fields of research and each brings experience and knowledge to different aspects of BioConsortia’s AMS (Advanced Microbial Se... more


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Blueberry industry to continue research, promotion order

Highbush blueberry producers and importers have voted to continue the Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order (order). In a referendum held from July 5 to July 28, 74 percent of the producers and importers voting, and 80 percent of the... more


Michigan Tree Fruit Commission establishes mini-grants

Mini-grants are a new effort by the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission (MTFC) to ensure a fast response to pressing issues facing the tree fruit industry. Adopted by the MTFC board on Aug. 17, the mini-grant program provides resources to Michigan State U... more


FDA extends compliance dates, issues guidance for FSMA

FDA has extended some of the compliance deadlines for parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and has issued draft guidance for a key portion of the law, the Produce Safety Rule. The changes affect compliance dates for parts of the curre... more


European grapevine moth eradicated from California

Agricultural officials from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and USDA, in cooperation with county agricultural commissioners, have declared the European grapevine moth (EGVM) eradicated from California and have lifted quaranti... more


Michigan fruit industry scholarships now available

Scholarships are now available from the Michigan State Horticultural Society and The Michigan Vegetable Council for students who intend to pursue careers in the Midwest fruit industry or vegetable industry, respectively. The awards are made availab... more


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Scientists unravel genetic ancestry of cultivated strawberry

Scientists from the University of New Hampshire have unlocked a major genetic mystery of one of the ancestors of cultivated strawberry. A genetic analysis conducted by New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researchers, which took four years t... more


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Farmers markets, farms use Pokemon Go to draw customers

Farmers markets and farm marketers are tapping into the Pokemon Go phenomenon to attract visitors and customers. The app has reached more than 30 million downloads in the U.S., and as many as 25 million smartphone users in one day, according to Surve... more


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What will California’s strawberry industry do without methyl bromide?

For many years, California growers relied on methyl bromide to kill a wide range of soil-borne pests, from fungi to insects to weeds, before planting crops. 2016 marks the last year in which the highly effective soil fumigant will be available. Th... more


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Penn State research helps shape apple industry

One glance at a commercial orchard today and you realize these aren't your grandfather's apple trees. Long gone are the 40-foot-high, widely spaced, gnarled and spindly trees of the past. They have been replaced by squat, tightly planted trees loaded... more



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