IFTA post-conference tour: Day 2

On the second day of the International Fruit Tree Association’s (IFTA) post-conference tour to northwest Michigan, the bus stopped at Williams Orchards in Cedar to see Greg Williams’ high-density sweet cherry plantings. Most of the trees were ... more

Cornell researchers developing weather technology for farmers

Researchers at Cornell University are developing technology to help farmers lessen damage from warm winters, according to Allison Chatrchyan, director of the Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture. A current development is a freeze risk tool... more

Registration opens for Highland Ag and Natural Resources Conference

Michigan State University Extension announced the first Highland Ag and Natural Resources Conference. The conference will be held on March 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center in Cadillac, MI. The conference is p... more


Harvest technology curbs labor woes

Michigan apple grower Steve Tennes has seen his attempts to grow his farm’s production numbers crimped by ongoing labor concerns. His foray into finding a solution to those challenges was bolstered this past growing season with the first-time use o... more

USDA announces $58.25 million to protect agriculture from pests

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has allocated $58.25 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This money will support 434 projects that prevent the introduction or spr... more

IFTA post-conference tour: Day 1

A busload of people traveled north from Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Feb. 11, to get a feel for the fruit industry in the northwest corner of the state’s Lower Peninsula. The tour was part of the International Fruit Tree Association’s (IFTA) 59th a... more

Water sampling for Food Safety Modernization Act compliance

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule on Produce Safety. One area that was tweaked in the final rule from the proposed rule was clarification around sampling when testing i... more

Van Arkel joins Miller Chemical & Fertilizer

Miller Chemical & Fertilizer, international manufacturer and distributor of non-hazardous crop protection products, foliar nutrients and adjuvants, has added Bob Van Arkel to its domestic sales team for the Michigan region. He will work with ag... more

US Department of Labor announces H-2A delays

Employers who participate in H-1B, H-2A and H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa programs may experience delays in the processing of applications, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC). The OFLC is ... more

2016 Michigan spring peach meeting scheduled for March 1

Peach growers are always looking for ways to improve their profitability. Michigan State University Extension’s 2016 Michigan Spring Peach Update is the best annual meeting in Michigan to learn about this crop. This one-day meeting will be held Tue... more

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