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NWMHRC receives new Blosi platform

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center (NWMHRC) recently received their newest piece of equipment thanks to funds provided by the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission. The NWMHRC staff had the opportunity to test three orchard platforms la... more


MDARD’s Clover Adams elected to NASDA board

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams was recently elected Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. The election took place on Sept. 24, during the NAS... more


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Pesticide predicament for California strawberry growers

The powerful fumigant methyl bromide will be retired from California’s strawberry fields at the end of this year after more than 20 years of fierce debate over its effects and alternatives. According to new research published by UC Santa Cruz pr... more


USDA awards $21.4M for Extension, organic research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released details of 26 grants that will help organic farmers and ranchers improve business operations and bring more organic food to the table. Agricultur... more


Empire with suspected brown marmorated stink bug injury. Photo: Phil Schwallier, MSU Extension.

BMSB trap catches increased heavily in east Michigan

We have seen a strong trap catch of adult brown marmorated stink bugs in traps checked Sunday, Sept. 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 27, in half of the 10 Michigan State University Extension trapping sites scattered over eastern Michigan orchards. With the e... more


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Georgia’s dry summer aids grape harvest

Fall may be known as harvest time for peanuts, cotton and apples in Georgia, but the state's winemakers would like Georgians to start thinking about grapes when the leaves start to transition to red and orange. Between August and mid-October, Geor... more


Ohio AgriBusiness Association to offer fifth LAUNCH program

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) will select up to 25 promising leaders to participate in a leadership enhancement program early next year. Knowing that half the agribusiness workforce could retire in the next 10-12 years, Leaders Achievin... more


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Florida agriculture employment up 29 percent in 13 years

About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers from 2013, and nearly 29 percent from 2001, according to a new University of Florida Institute of F... more


Northern New York precision apple project results released

The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted the results of recent precision apple orchard management research evaluating the impact of applying precise orchard management practices to improve the yield, fruit size ... more


Integrated Crop, Pest Management Update set for Dec. 20

Michigan State University Extension and Eaton County MSU Extension will host the 2016 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education (4301 Farm L... more



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