Midwest

Southwest Michigan Viticulture Field Day activities set

The 34th Annual Southwest Michigan Viticulture Field Day will include information on autonomous technology, late-season pest and disease management and other topics. The annual event is July 26 at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension... more »

Alumnus takes lead role at MSU research center

Daniel Bacheler, a Michigan State University (MSU) alumnus, is the new farm manager at the MSU Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center (NWMHRC) in Traverse City. The center is part of a network of 15 MSU... more »

Vision-guided herbicide sprayer senses pesky weeds

Precision spraying has reduced total herbicide use for row crop operations compared to broadcast applications, without negatively impacting weed control or crop fitness and yield. Determining how these systems work in perennial crops, including fruits... more »

Farmers advocate for urban ag, climate programs

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and farmers from six states met with Congressional leaders and USDA officials to advocate for climate solutions and other issues in the 2023 Farm Bill. The delegation’s June 14... more »

Naturipe blueberry production hits summer supplies

Ahead of National Blueberry Month — July — Naturipe Farms is kicking off the summer season with promotable volumes of its flavorful blueberries from New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest. Following a strong start... more »

Valent BioSciences highlights sustainability projects

Valent BioSciences LLC dedicated a new prairie park and solar field adjacent to its manufacturing facility in Osage, Iowa. The company also opened the doors of its facility to members of the community during the... more »

MSU names AgBioResearch assistant director

Michigan State University has named James Averill, considered a longtime leader in Michigan agriculture, assistant director of MSU AgBioResearch. Averill’s appointment is scheduled to become effective July 1. Since 2021, Averill, an MSU alumnus, has... more »

New Purdue ag dean is water quality expert

Purdue has promoted one of its agriculture research deans who possesses expertise in water quality and pesticide spray drift to head its ag department. Bernie Engel has been named the Glenn W. Sample Dean of... more »

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