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Time for Lakso carbohydrate model in Pennsylvania

More Pennsylvania orchards entered full bloom over the weekend. In some cases, there was as much as a week’s difference in full bloom with some cultivars. For example in Bedford, Pennsylvania early blooming cultivars like McIntosh and Ginger Gol... more


Funding available for antimicrobial resistance research

The USDA is making $6 million available to fund research to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, and administered by USDA's Na... more


USDA toolkit provides resources for urban farmers

The USDA has unveiled the Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA's Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. Industry estimates ... more


Vermont conducts farmers market price study

Commonly purchased foods can be affordably priced at Vermont farmers' markets, a study by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) found.  Last year, VAAFM conducted a pilot research project to address the consumer perception... more


Michigan launches Certified Fertilizer Applicator program

In its first five months of operation, the newly-launched Michigan Certified Fertilizer Applicator Program (CFA) has enrolled more than 450 professionals representing 45 companies in Michigan. The CFA, developed by the Michigan Agri-Business Associat... more


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Michigan company turning rock dust into fertilizer

Thomas Logue may be a financial planner. But he’s a farmer at heart. Growing up around and working on farms, Logue holds a degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois. He went on to establish a financial planning business in Hinsdale,... more


Loans available for portable storage, handling equipment

USDA will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to... more


Study analyzes individual neonicotinoid effects on bees

A new study analyzes the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides to determine their relative risk to bumblebees. The study published in Scientific Reports, "Neonicotinoids target distinct nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and neurons, leading to differ... more


BRANDT acquires majority stake in BAICOR

BRANDT has acquired a majority interest in BAICOR, based in Logan, Utah. BAICOR manufactures and distributes specialty fertilizers, focusing on liquids for foliar and soil applications.  This acquisition will give BRANDT additional manufacturing... more


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



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