Fruit Crop Guesstimate scheduled for June 19

The 58th Annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate, sponsored by the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association (MFFPA), will be held at 2:30 p.m. June 19 at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids, Mich.The guesstimate provides a forum... more »

Michigan growers renew promotion program

Michigan apple producers recently voted to continue the Michigan Apple Advertising and Promotion Program, according to Jamie Clover Adams, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).The Michigan Apple Advertising and Promotion... more »

Proposed FDA safety rules frustrate tree fruit farmers

Blueberries and bananas are in, but black-eyed peas are out. Papaya is in, but plantains and pumpkins are out. Spinach and summer squash, in. Sweet potatoes and winter squash, out. Artichokes? Out. Apples? In.And many... more »

Groups seek ban on antibiotics in organic apple production

Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, has announced that it, Food & Water Watch and the Center for Food Safety are urging the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to discontinue the use of... more »

Apple pest makes first appearance in North America

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has been notified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that it has detected apple proliferation phytoplasma (APP) in an apple orchard near Kentville, Nova Scotia. The... more »

Penn State gets new pathologist

A new tree fruit pathologist, Kari Peter, began work in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences on March 1.With a faculty appointment in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, she will be stationed... more »

Delaware fruit farm survives by adapting

T.S. Smith & Sons in Bridgeville, Del., is going on 106 years – one of the few surviving apple growers in the state. Seventy-five years ago, there were 92 apple growers in Delaware. Today, there... more »

Labor shortages force growers to get creative

Back in the 1990s, cherry growers in the Hood River area of Oregon could see a labor shortage looming. “Here in the Pacific Northwest, of course, we use mostly Mexican laborers, and there have been,... more »

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