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 »

WSU research studies aerosol pheromone emitters

Research in Washington state has shown that aerosol pheromone emitters can suppress codling moth as well as hand-applied dispensers, according to Jay Brunner, an entomologist with Washington State University (WSU). Brunner discussed WSU pheromone research... more »

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Talking tech: New app innovations aid growers

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New Geneva rootstocks to help apple growers with size, yield, disease

Georgia peach success: Pearson Farm’s six generations find orchard happiness

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Farm Market & Agritourism: Insights from the 2023 farm markets survey

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