USDA awards $113 Million to support specialty crop production for rural communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded more than $113 million in program grants to support farmers growing specialty crops through research, agricultural extension activities, and programs to increase demand and address the needs of Americ... more

Penn State Extension works to support farmers in their establishing years

Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, c... more

As expected, the deadline for integrating unmanned aerial systems into U.S. commercial airspace has come and gone. According to media reports, the Federal Aviation Administration made progress, but more work is needed. Here’s more from the Bu... more

Fresh Ideas Showcase to display new products, fresh innovations

This year more than 18,500 fresh produce and floral industry professionals from over 60 countries will gather at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, October 23-25, for Produce Marketing Association’s 66th annual Fresh Summit Con... more

TKI acquires Hexazinone herbicide business assets from DuPont

Tessenderlo Kerley (TKI) and DuPont Crop Protection announced the sale of certain of DuPont’s global Hexazinone solo product and its Hexazinone/Diuron-only mixture product business assets to TKI. The sale excludes assets in Brazil.  Financial t... more

USDA grants assist in science-based biotechnology risk assessment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced more than $4 million in grants that will provide federal policy makers with scientific knowledge to identify and develop appropriate management practices to minimize any risks associated with genetically e... more

New insurance program protects all crops under a single policy

Northern Michigan is a perfect place for USDA’s new Whole Farm Revenue Protection program. With their diverse fruit farms growing multiple commodities and the unpredictable weather they’ve experienced in the last few years – hail, freeze events... more

Crunch Time Apple Growers launches SnapDragon apples

SnapDragon apples, grown in New York State and available exclusively from Crunch Time Apple Growers, are debuting at retailers throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions starting in October. After a successful limited release in ... more

Labor shortages reported during California harvest

This year, California farmers planted fewer acres and let go of hundreds of farm workers. But despite the downsizing, labor shortages are being reported across the state. Here’s more from the Sierra Sun Times: Contra Costa County winegrape grow... more

Ready Pac Foods to provide job opportunities for refugees

Ready Pac Foods opened its employment doors for refugees relocating to the United States from the current crisis in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The fresh foods company has committed to train and hire refugees from among the 10,000 Syrian refu... more

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