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Farm bill promising for fruit, vegetables

An analysis by specialty crop advocates indicates the 2014 Farm Bill contains programs that constitute a 55 percent increase in the government’s investment in the produce industry’s competitiveness and the nutritional well-being of Americans through... more »

MACMA does more than negotiate processing prices

Michigan Processing Apple Growers, also known as the Apple Division of the Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Association (MACMA), has been helping the state’s apple industry for more than five decades. Its role has expanded in... more »

Cider producer receives first-ever felony conviction under Michigan food law

After nearly two years of investigation and legal action, James Ruster, owner of Mitchell Hill Farm in Ellsworth, Mich., was sentenced on Feb. 18 for one felony violation of Michigan’s Food Law, the first-ever felony... more »

Michigan tree fruit growers voting on research commission

A referendum to determine whether to establish a Michigan Tree Fruit Research & Development Program will be conducted from Feb. 17 through Feb. 28 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD). The... more »

USApple promotes heart health

February is American Heart Month, and USApple and its members are contributing to this important moment by launching a digital campaign centered on apples’ many heart health benefits.Through its “28 Days of Apples” initiative, USApple... more »

Agricultural groups hail passage of farm bill

Specialty crop advocates are hailing the U.S. Senate’s passage Feb. 4, by a vote of 68-32, of the conference report to the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The legislation now goes to President... more »

Michigan packer-shipper debuts $22 million facility

Heeren Bros., a family owned wholesaler, marketer and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables in Michigan, officially debuted its new, $22 million processing facility in Alpine Township in mid-December. Heeren Bros. distributes a diversified line... more »

Apple pollination driven by honeybee management

Operating a flourishing family farm near Shelburne, Mass., keeps owner Tim Smith on a busy schedule. Among the important tasks is overseeing Apex Orchards’ apple pollination and honeybee management. Smith spoke about the topic on... more »

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