Massive winter storm hurts tart cherry growers

Area cherry farmers reported widespread damage to orchards. Older tart cherry trees took the brunt.Overall damage estimates range from a low of 5 percent to a high of 20 percent of the cherry crop in... more »

Farmworkers protest Saticoy conditions

Between 60 and 100 farm workers organized a strike outside a strawberry farm Saturday to protest alleged poor working conditions for employees.The workers, many carrying the red flags of the United Farm Workers union, were... more »

MSU looks at funding for ag research stations

Michigan State University will close its Muck Soils Research Farm in Laingsburg and is weighing the fate of at least one more of its 15 agricultural research stations statewide.Steve Pueppke, director of MSU AgBioResearch, said... more »

Michigan farmer Josh Wunsch honored by Michigan Processing Apple Growers

Third-generation farmer Josh Wunsch of Traverse City, Mich., has been awarded the Michigan Processing Apple Growers of the Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Association (MACMA) Distinguished Service Award for 2012.Wunsch was first named to the MACMA... more »

August apple report reinstated

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has reinstated its August estimate of the U.S. apple crop, according to the U.S. Apple Association.In February, USApple President Nancy Foster met with Catherine Woteki, USDA under secretary for... more »

MSU researcher named Fruit Man of the Year

Randy Beaudry was named Fruit Man of the Year in March, during a meeting of the Michigan Pomesters near Grand Rapids, Mich.Beaudry, a horticulture professor at Michigan State University, was given the award for his... more »

Arkansas peach trees bloom early; late freeze still possible

Record warm temperatures have peach trees blooming in western Arkansas, leaving growers worried that a late freeze could hurt their crop.After a similarly mild winter in 2007, a freeze in early April wiped out the... more »

North American Tart Cherry Industry meets in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The North American Tart Cherry Industry Conference is in full swing at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich. today.About 175 were scheduled to attend. Organizers guessed that approximately 30 canceled because their... more »

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