Northeast

USDA plans water quality study in Vermont’s Lake Champlain Basin

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a multi-year study to assess the impact of voluntary conservation practices on water quality in two Lake Champlain Basin watersheds. These studies – established with other state... more »

Penn State offers online course on orchard cultivars, rootstocks, systems

Penn State Extension is offering a new online course, Orchard Management: Cultivars, Rootstocks and Training Systems, for beginning commercial tree fruit growers. This self-paced course is recommended for new producers, orchard managers and young growers... more »

Over $305,929 in grants to benefit Vermont specialty crop producers

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces grants totaling $305,929 for eight projects to benefit Vermont fruit, vegetable and value-added producers and increase consumer access to locally produced food. These grants, funded through the USDA... more »

$7.3M given for spotted lanternfly research

A $7.3 million grant awarded to Penn State will support an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team of researchers as they conduct research and develop strategies to combat the spotted lanternfly. The grant, from the U.S. Department of... more »

Gillibrand: USDA should investigate why prices paid to farmers fall short

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called Sept. 24 on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate if fruit and vegetable farmers in New York and across the country are receiving fair prices for their produce.... more »

Clem Clay named director of UMass Extension Agriculture Program

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has named Clem Clay as director of the UMass Extension Agriculture Program, a 110-year old educational outreach program that serves farmers, landscape and turf professionals, fruit growers, arborists, nursery owners,... more »

‘Wild Side’ authors describe ‘planned chaos’ of fruit farm

Vermont fruit growers Nancy and John Hayden are the authors of "Farming on the Wild Side," a book due out from Chelsea Green publishers Sept. 19. The book discusses how they reverted their property into... more »

Fire blight recovery research sponsored in New York

Apple research funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program and conducted by Srdjan G. Acimovic, of the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, has helped New York apple growers recover from the 2016 epidemic... more »


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