Midwest

Biological control of brown marmorated stink bug targeted by samurai wasp

A tiny wasp, about as big as a sesame seed, that lays its eggs into the eggs of stink bugs is the most promising biological control agent against the brown marmorated stink bug. Originating from the... more »

Virtual Iowa Specialty Producers Conference set for Jan. 19-20

The Iowa Specialty Producers Conference is scheduled for Jan. 19-20. This second joint gathering of the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the Iowa Wine Growers Association will take place entirely online. Keynote speaker... more »

Bipartisan letter sent in support of Michigan blueberry growers and fair trade

Congressman Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, and Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, sent a bipartisan letter Dec. 21 to the International Trade Commission (ITC) Chairman Jason Kearns on behalf of Michigan blueberry growers and their families. Currently, the... more »

Michigan grants include funds for cherry processor

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Dec. 17 awarded Value Added and Regional Food System grants to nine Michigan producers, processors and community development organizations. The grants are designed to help retain,... more »

Illinois-led research aims to clean agricultural drainage water

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has awarded $1.12 million to support University of Illinois-led research to clean agricultural drainage water through saturated buffers and denitrifying bioreactors. According... more »

Male weeds may hold key to their own demise

Scientists are getting closer to finding the genes for maleness in waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, two of the most troublesome agricultural weeds in the U.S. Finding the genes could enable new “genetic control” methods for... more »

Brandt expands production facility in Illinois

Springfield, Illinois-based Brandt has begun the construction of a new 40,000 square foot expansion of its manufacturing facility in Pleasant Plains, IL. The expansion will allow for additional storage of finished dry and liquid fertilizer... more »

DOL, Mexican Consulate establish plan to protect, educate workers in Michigan, Ohio

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Detroit have signed a two-year alliance to promote workplace safety and health training and educational opportunities for... more »

Current Issue

Sustainability takes many forms

Boyer Orchards goes from side business to award winner in three generations

ITC: No harm seen from blueberry imports

Growers quickly see benefits of drip irrigation

Riverdance Farms finds success with farm-visiting crowd

Errotabere Ranches leads on Western challenges

New Minnesota apple triumps over scab disease

Researchers ponder presence of cranberry false blossom

Carbon farming payments possible with soil-building

Create efficiencies for filling online customer orders

Notes from the Farm column: Pipe layers spur ideas for installing irrigation lines

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: Wage increases naturally lead to job loss – ag included

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