Michigan governor signs bill to help farmers recover from loss

Legislation providing loans to farmers who suffered catastrophic crop losses following unseasonable weather this spring is among the key bills recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Abnormally high temperatures in early March were followed by... more »

Michigan throws fruit industry lifeline with loan program

Michigan fruit growers are poised to receive a second source of disaster loans.A state bill creating emergency aid to farmers whose crops were devastated by unseasonably warm spring weather has passed the state House and... more »

Study shows stone fruits can help thwart obesity

Peaches, plums and nectarines have bioactive compounds that can potentially ward off obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to new studies by Texas AgriLife Research.The findings, which will be presented at the 244th American Chemical... more »

New York bill aids apples

On June 4, a handful of New York state assemblymen and senators announced the creation of new legislation, the Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act, to help apple and other growers in the state... more »

President Obama honors farm labor icon Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta, an icon of California's farm labor movement, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday for her lifelong work promoting civil rights.“Dolores helped lead a worldwide grape boycott that forced growers to... more »

Spring running hot and cold for fruit growers

States across the Midwest and East Coast experienced warmer-than-average temperatures in March. On average, temperatures were 15˚ F to 20˚ F warmer than normal for the month, said Tom Moore, coordinating meteorologist of Global Forecast... more »

Frost wipes out juice grapes in SW Mich.

A devastating frost has wiped out grapes grown for juice in southwestern Michigan.John Jasper, a surveyor for Welch's Foods, tells TV station ABC 57 he went through hundreds of acres before even finding a live... more »

Effort to save Palisade farms bearing fruit

Many of the peach and wine-grape orchards you see today in the Palisade, Co. area will be around for your grandkids and great-grandkids to enjoy.Thanks in part to the work of the Mesa Land Trust,... more »

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