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New coalition to push for ag labor reform

Organizations representing a broad cross-section of agricultural employers recently announced the formation of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC). As the unified voice of agriculture, AWC’s goal is to seek legislation that ensures America’s farms, ranches... more »

Northwest Orchard & Vineyard Show Jan. 21-22

The 2013 Northwest Orchard and Vineyard Show is scheduled for Jan. 21-22, and will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Mich. Registration opens at 8 a.m., and the cost for both days... more »

Nominees sought for blueberry council

USDA is seeking nominations for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.The council is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates. Selected nominees would replace three members (one handler and two importers) and their respective alternates whose... more »

Engelsma’s Apple Barn wins annual cider contest

Jim and Becky Engelsma of Engelsma's Apple Barn in Grand Rapids, Mich., have taken home another first place win in the 16th annual Michigan Apple Cider Contest. The cider makers have received first place in... more »

Michigan hort society hands out awards

The Michigan State Horticultural Society handed out two Distinguished Service Awards during the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in December. The awards went to Al and Joe Dietrich and Earl Peterson.Al, Joe... more »

Deer baiting impacts Michigan farmers

The practice of baiting white-tailed deer with apples, corn, sugar beets or carrots continues to raise controversy in the Midwest. The state of Wisconsin recently banned deer baiting in four northwestern counties after discovering a... more »

Michigan Agri-Tourism Association accepting 2013 membership applications

The Michigan Agri-Tourism Association (MATA) has announced that it is now accepting membership applications for 2013. Members include farm markets, wineries, farmers’ markets, on-farm dairies, corn mazes and others involved in Michigan’s agri-tourism industry.“Michigan Agri-Tourism... more »

Specialty farmers get boost from associations

Help is on the way for specialty crop-growers in Ohio who want to sell more of their products to grocery stores and restaurants.The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association in Columbus is joining with Countryside... more »


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