Worker dies after 20-foot fall at Michigan fruit facility

An employee at Belding Fruit Storage in Belding, Michigan, died from a 20-foot fall at the facility on Oct. 15. Arturo "Sam" Medina was a 38-year employee of the Belding Fruit Storage facility, the Ionia Sentinal-Standard reports. The Michigan Oc... more

Luna fungicide receives label expansion in California

Luna fungicide is now approved for use on a wider range of fruit, tree nut and vegetable crops in California. “This label expansion offers key fungicide options to horticulture growers in California,” said Bayer Product Manager Joel Lipsitch... more

Vertical Designs receives permit to build vertical strawberry farm

Vertical Designs has received permits to build a vertical farm producing strawberries under the license agreement with Affinor Growers. Construction will begin in early 2017 and currently in the process of finalizing purchase orders required to begi... more

Vole tunneling. Photo: Amy Irish-Brown/MSU Extension.

Integrated approach needed for rodent management in orchards

As the 2016 apple harvest wraps up in many areas in Michigan in the next week or so, there are many tasks to get done before winter gets here. Michigan State University Extension suggests one task best done as soon as possible after harvest as the co... more

Funding available for farmers across New York state

Funding is available to assist new and early-stage farmers through the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Now in its third year, the program builds upon the success of 2015 when more than $743,000 was awarded to 25 early-stage farms across the st... more

Organic farms see growth in New York

Consumer interest in organic products has grown in recent years, as reflected by rising sales nationwide - with a 56 percent increase in New York from 2008 through 2014. The number and total acreage of organic farms in New York also rose over that ... more


Sprouts named Pear Retailer of the Year

On the show floor of the 2016 PMA Fresh Summit, USA Pears presented Sprouts Farmers Markets Produce Warehouse with the 2016 Pear Retailer of the Year award for their pear category improvements in merchandising performance and sales increase. “On... more


California growers find new technique for controlling spray drift

Controlling pesticide spray drift has been an important topic in California given the potential human health impacts and new practical solutions are always in demand. Orchard growers have a new practice that can reduce spray drift from their orcha... more


Timorex Gold biofungicide now registered in 30 states

The biofungicide Timorex Gold, developed by Stockton, is now registered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The product holds 30 registrations throughout the United States. Timorex Gold is now registered in ... more

Michigan recipients of USDA specialty crop grants named

Michigan recipients of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program have been named by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “Each of these projects will help enhance of the growth of Michigan’s food and agricult... more

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