Apples

Crop insurance correction helps New York growers

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has clarified guidance that will now allow for the re-review of yield decisions that should lead to the reversal of determinations for dozens of New York farmers who purchased crop... more »

New York apple growers approve marketing order

More than three-quarters of voting New York apple growers recently elected to continue the state’s marketing order, in a referendum conducted by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM).The vote also continues... more »

Ag community voices support for immigration proposal

A recent agreement between agriculture, labor and Congressional interests is being hailed as a key step in achieving comprehensive immigration reform – reform that includes long-sought provisions essential to growers.The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and... more »

Organic board limits antibiotics

USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recently rejected a petition to extend the expiration date for the use of oxytetracycline in apple and pear production beyond Oct. 21, 2014, according to Consumers Union, the policy... more »

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 »

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