Midwest

Purdue Extension specialist brings new perspectives to Indiana organic farming

U.S. organic food and non-food product sales reached a record high of $61.9 billion in 2020. How do Indiana farmers meet the needs of consumers and can organic practices be useful for farmers looking to reduce their... more »

Urban ag seen on recent Michigan Ag and Rural Development Commission tour

Members of the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development got a first-hand look at the opportunities available for urban agriculture while touring new Commissioner Andy Chae’s farm, Fisheye Farms, located in Detroit. As a... more »

Larry Gut, MSU professor, remembered as a leading scientist, ag supporter

Professor Lawrence “Larry” Jerome Gut died Sept. 6, 2021, in Wenatchee, Washington, where he recently moved with his wife Kathleen Gut to retire near family and friends. According to a Sept. 20 announcement by Michigan... more »

Graphic Packaging’s ProducePack reduces apple defects for BelleHarvest

Graphic Packaging International’s ProducePack, a sustainable paperboard range of packaging designed for fresh produce applications, is proving to be an effective and user-friendly solution to preserving fruit for Michigan apple distributor BelleHarvest. Following its successful... more »

Schramm’s Mead awarded 2021 Ag Exporter Rising Star Award

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell presented the “2021 Michigan Agriculture Exporter Rising Star Award” to Schramm’s Mead on Sept. 16. Schramm’s Mead, located in Ferndale, Michigan, is a leading... more »

Texting service helps Michigan growers teach workers about produce safety

Building a food safety culture requires repeated reminders about farm policies and procedures. When a grower or supervisor has to manage many farm workers that are working in different areas at the farm or facility,... more »

AgrAbility helps people with disabilities find success in agriculture

The National AgrAbility Project, modeled after Purdue Extension’s Breaking New Ground Resource Center and hosted at Purdue University, is celebrating 30 years of making agriculture accessible for people with disabilities. Through educational programs that advance... more »

Michigan warning: Be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly that threatens ag

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is asking the public to be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect with the potential to seriously affect Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources. This... more »

Current Issue

Crunch Time Apple Growers expand retail outlets, growing acres for club apples

USApple: 244M bushels, down 5.7%

FGN 60th anniversary: Mechanical strawberry harvest got Michigan boost

Michigan Pomesters honor research technologist

A Q&A with Anna Wallis of Michigan State University

West Central Michigan’s new research station open

‘Genius Bar’ stage, return of social hour at 2021 Great Lakes EXPO

Biological industry maturing after decades of change

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: A show of hands outlines US farm labor trends

Notes from the Farm column: Machine maintenance proceeds amid world’s woes

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