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$1.3M will support protection of New York’s natural resources, help farmers

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Jan. 21 the availability of $1.3 million for two programs to assist New York farmers to increase environmental protections on farms across the state. Funds... more »

Congressman calls for federal agencies to hold ag hearing in west Michigan

Blueberry, cherry and asparagus growers being significantly impacted by “questionable trade practices” are gaining support from Congressman Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, who wants a field hearing to be held in west Michigan by the U.S. Department... more »

Frieda’s Specialty Produce’s Frieda Rapoport Caplan dies

Produce industry pioneer Frieda Rapoport Caplan, 96, died in her home on Jan 18. Caplan is widely praised for her role in elevating the role of women in... more »

Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine seeks grower members

Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) recently called for nominations for two new grower seats on the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. A 2019 statutory change to the Commission’s makeup added the positions. With... more »

California Giant hires new CFO

California Giant Berry Farms recently added a new member to its Executive Team, welcoming Sean Martin as Chief Financial Officer to the growing company. Martin will supersede Dan Nicola... more »

International Trade Commission decision on cherry tariffs panned

U.S. senators from Michigan Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow on Jan. 14 strongly criticized the U.S. International Trade Commission's final decision not to institute tariffs against Turkish tart cherry exporters, which have been dumping low-quality... more »

Marrone Bio gains approval of Stargus biofungicide in California

Marrone Bio Innovations (NASDAQ: MBII) (MBI), a sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions company, said Jan. 14 that its patented Bacillus biofungicide, Stargus, has been fully reviewed by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR)... more »

Farming interests back California governor’s proposed 2020-2021 budget

The California Farm Bureau Federation and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers have both expressed support for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020-2021 budget. Farm Bureau president Jamie Johansson: “The governor’s budget reinforces his commitment to... more »


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