Rep. Huizenga hears from growers about ag labor

Congressman Bill Huizenga, representing the 2nd Congressional district in west Michigan, held two days of listening sessions with constituents on April 27-28. Huizenga kicked off the tour in Sparta, Mich., where he hosted about 20... more »

Washington and Oregon pear growers vote to continue marketing order

On April 25, USDA announced the results of the recent vote among Oregon and Washington’s pear growers on whether to continue their federal marketing order program for Northwest pears.The continuation of Federal Marketing Order 927... more »

Maintaining the integrity of IPM while battling the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Pennsylvania tree fruit growers have embraced the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) since the late 1960s and early 1970s. By one definition, IPM is the “utilization of all suitable techniques and methods in as... more »

Shoreline Fruit receives ag processing renaissance zone approval

Shoreline Fruit, a grower, processor and marketer of premium cherry products and other dried fruits, announced that Gov. Rick Snyder approved the establishment of an Agricultural Processing Renaissance Zone (APRZ) for the expansion of Shoreline... more »

Invasive moths cause concern for grape growers

Pheromone traps can be seen around the Healdsburg area in the ongoing effort to detect and eradicate several economically important invasive moth species. The Healdsburg PatchRead more of the story here. more »

Palisade fruit farms protected

As the pink promise of peach blossoms spreads across the Palisade area this week, one of the top fruit-growing areas in the Rocky Mountain region has a new guarantee that fruit growing will continue, despite... more »

Stink bug hits Mid-Atlantic apples hard

Mid-Atlantic apple growers lost $37 million last year from damage caused by the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), according to an estimate released April 12 by the U.S. Apple Association.The damage estimate was developed at... more »

Robots on the farm

Commercial farms of the future may be staffed by robots that will identify, spray and pick individual pieces of produce from plants, even when their targets are grapes, peppers and apples that are as green... more »

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