Crop Protection

New insurance program protects all crops under a single policy

Northern Michigan is a perfect place for USDA’s new Whole Farm Revenue Protection program. With their diverse fruit farms growing multiple commodities and the unpredictable weather they’ve experienced in the last few years – hail,... more »

Penn State: Final SWD update for berry growers

Spotted wing drosophila is present just about anywhere we look these days —even in berry fields where fruit is no longer present. At this point, this mainly matters to growers of fall raspberries, blackberries, and... more »

University of Illinois reducing crop production research

In the coming year, the University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) is reallocating its state resources in crop production research at its St. Charles, DeKalb, Brownstown and Dixon Springs research... more »

Adam Putnam declares state of agricultural emergency in Florida

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared a state of agricultural emergency due to the Oriental Fruit Fly infestation in Miami-Dade County. The Oriental Fruit Fly is considered one of the most serious of... more »

What to do about SWD-infested fruit?

The SWD monitoring network Counties are all positive for SWD as of last week, Aug. 28. A lot of SWD are being caught in traps in research sites now with population numbers expected to climb... more »

Court revokes approval of insecticide, citing bee decline

According to the Los Angeles Times, an appeals court recently overturned federal approval of an insecticide used on a variety of crops, ruling that it could hasten an already “alarming” decline in bees. The U.S. 9th... more »

Jim Farrar named director of UC Statewide IPM Program

Jim Farrar has been named director of the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program for the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He will begin the new position on Oct. 1. UC IPM... more »

Great Lakes EXPO expands trade show for farm market exhibitors

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will add a second Trade Show Hall for 2015. The new hall, designated especially for farm market exhibitors, will be located just across the aisle from... more »

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