National Council of Agricultural Employers to be led by Marsh

Chair Joe Young of Goffstown, New Hampshire, announced Oct. 18 that following an exhaustive national search, the board of directors of the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) has selected Michael Marsh as the organization’s new presid... more

Napa Valley winemakers optimistic as wine region recovering

Despite Mother Nature challenging Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Solano and Lake Counties in unimaginable ways, the tragic wildfires of the past 10 days have demonstrated the spirit of strength and resilience of these communities. Across the North Coast... more

Michigan awards specialty crop grants to 17

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Oct. 18 announced 17 recipients in the state would receive more than $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. [caption id="att... more

UNH to develop strawberry varieties for organic production

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have launched a research project that aims to develop the first varieties of strawberries specifically designed for organic agriculture in the United... more

Green and yellow Deere colors protected in lawsuit win

A U.S. District Court in Kentucky has ruled in favor of Deere & Co. in a lawsuit that was filed to protect use of the trademark green and yellow color combination on John Deere agricultural equipment. Following a one-week bench trial that took... more

Pouch bagger modified to gently handle tree fruit

[caption id="attachment_16009" align="alignright" width="216"] Fox Solutions' pouch bagger[/caption] Equipment provider Fox Solutions has added a new feature to its pouch bagger to better serve tree fruit packers. The machine’s “soft fill... more

Bleak outlook after latest round of NAFTA talks

In a trilateral statement following the fourth round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations that ended Tuesday in Arlington, Va., U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that Mexico and Canada are unwilling to accept u... more

California farms have chronic work shortage, study says

Across California, farmers and ranchers face chronic problems in finding and hiring qualified employees, according to a survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF). The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more... more

California, Chile to co-host webinar on precision agriculture

Sensors that tell growers how much water to use; drones that can fly over operations and asses the health of crops; real-time data at the fingertips of farmers. It’s not science fiction – it’s the future of agriculture. In an attempt to s... more

USApple joins launch of healthy snacking grant program

The U.S. Apple Association in partnership with the School Nutrition Association and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, are calling for  entries for the 2017 Apples4Ed grant program. The program, with a renewed focus and re... more

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