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IFTA post-conference tour: Day 1

A busload of people traveled north from Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Feb. 11, to get a feel for the fruit industry in the northwest corner of the state’s Lower Peninsula. The tour was part of the International Fruit Tree Association’s (IFTA) 59th a... more


Water sampling for Food Safety Modernization Act compliance

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule on Produce Safety. One area that was tweaked in the final rule from the proposed rule was clarification around sampling when testing i... more


Van Arkel joins Miller Chemical & Fertilizer

Miller Chemical & Fertilizer, international manufacturer and distributor of non-hazardous crop protection products, foliar nutrients and adjuvants, has added Bob Van Arkel to its domestic sales team for the Michigan region. He will work with ag... more


US Department of Labor announces H-2A delays

Employers who participate in H-1B, H-2A and H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa programs may experience delays in the processing of applications, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC). The OFLC is ... more


2016 Michigan spring peach meeting scheduled for March 1

Peach growers are always looking for ways to improve their profitability. Michigan State University Extension’s 2016 Michigan Spring Peach Update is the best annual meeting in Michigan to learn about this crop. This one-day meeting will be held Tue... more


FMC expands label for Rhyme fungicide in California

Rhyme fungicide from FMC, first registered in California in late 2014 for grapes, has now received approval from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, according to an FMC news release. Rhyme has received approval for a wide range of spec... more


IFTA names award winners

[caption id="attachment_9574" align="aligncenter" width="441"] Ed Wittenbach, left, of Wittenbach Orchards, Belding, Michigan, was presented the Grower Award at the IFTA annual banquet. He's pictured with IFTA president Tim Welsh, Columbia Fruit Pack... more


USDA Specialty Crop Grant opportunities available for Michigan businesses

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced new opportunities for Michigan businesses through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the USDA Ag Marketing Services. The grant funding is contingent on the availa... more


Obituary: Jeff Kindhart

Jeff D. Kindhart, age 51 years, a resident of rural Grantsburg, Illinois, passed away Monday morning, Feb. 8, at 11:45 a.m. at his home. Jeff was born Jan. 18, 1965 in Springfield, Illinois. He was the son of Dean and Alberta (Miller) Kindhart. ... more


IFTA continues precision-based conference

The International Tree Fruit Association’s (IFTA) Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, continues Thursday with a full array of educational programming for the more than 400 attendees. The IFTA Orchard Tour Feb. 9 on The Ridge area north ... more



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