Sweet Karoline blackberries make market debut

A new year begins with a new variety for berry growers at Alpine Fresh Inc. and Berry Fresh, LLC. Their Sweet Karoline blackberries are making their market debut after seven years of research, development and... more »

Jerry Mills: Book has successful launch; products, tools help out

Happy days! I was at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in Grand Rapids in early December to help launch my new book, “Notes from the Farm,” a compilation of my columns... more »

US tart cherry industry continues to fight ‘unfair trade practices’

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Cherry Marketing Institute filed a complaint with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to investigate suspicious shipments of tart cherry juice concentrate from Brazil. According to a news release, the Cherry Industry Administrative Board... more »

Support rolls in upon Senate passage of US-Mexico-Canada Agreement

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after the Senate passed on Jan. 16 the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by a bipartisan vote of 89-10. “We’ve long waited for this day and now USMCA... more »

Phase One China trade agreement signed, supported by ag groups

The Phase One trade agreement between China and the U.S. was realized Jan. 15 during a formal White House signing ceremony with President Donald Trump and China's lead trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He. Upwards... 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 »

National agritourism and direct sales survey deadline nears

Farmers who have visitors on their farm, ranch, vineyard, or fishery, are invited to take part in a national survey about agritourism and direct sales. This multi-state research study is led by Lisa Chase, Extension... more »

USApple: Total number of apples in storage 15% above last year

U.S. Apple Association has released its January 2020 edition of Market News. This is the second report on the 2019 apple crop. According to the survey, this year’s fresh apple holdings on Jan. 1, 2020, totaled 104.0... more »

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