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Consider a June planting of sorghum sudangrass following orchard removal

Have you recently pushed out a block of older fruit trees? In commercial grower plots, we are learning that sudangrass is an excellent first step to replant success. Sorghum sudangrass hybrids, also called sudex, are crosses between fora... more


National ag employers’ organization head Gasperini to retire

Frank Gasperini, president & CEO, National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE), has announced his pending retirement. A search process has been initiated to find his replacement, who will takeover the position later this year. [caption id... more


Review requested regarding Michigan wetlands program

Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce are asking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Administrator, Scott Pruitt, that the agency conduct a second review of the state’s Clean Water Act permitting program, cur... more


Market research reveals why consumers are drawn to wineries in Michigan

In 1980, Michigan was home to 10 wineries and just over 200 acres of vineyard land. Today, those numbers have skyrocketed to more than 200 wineries and nearly 3,000 acres dedicated to wine grape production, representing more than $790 million in annu... more


NOFA-NY launches on-farm field days around New York state

From Niagara to Suffolk County and from pest management and high tunnel tomatoes to soil health and grass-based dairy management, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) kicks off its 2017 statewide organic on-farm field days.... more


Longtime blueberry salesman Paul Askier retires

Olympia, Washington-based Berry Brokers International has announced the retirement of well-known frozen fruit salesman, Paul Askier after a lengthy career in the industry. According to a news release, Askier, originally from southern California, sta... more


US House rolls back pesticide regulations

The U.S. House of Representatives on May 24 approved bipartisan legislation to eliminate "an unnecessary, duplicative, and costly regulatory process under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the approved use of pesticides." According ... more


Lifestyle factors tied to CSA membership

If you’re a high earner and have a graduate degree, chances are you’d rather eat out than buy your food through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, according to a national survey co-authored by a researcher at the University of Flori... more


UC Davis strawberry case ruling issued

According to a news release from the University of California-Davis, a federal jury has ruled in favor of the University of California in its lawsuit with two former UC Davis strawberry breeders and the private breeding company they created with UC-o... more


Industry reactions emerge regarding President Trump’s ag budget proposals

Agricultural organizations are reacting to this week's U.S. budget proposals outlined by the Trump administration. Reports indicated the budget proposes an almost 21 percent cut to the USDA, the third-largest percentage cut proposed for any agenc... more



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