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Vilsack appoints USHBC members

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently appointed seven members and their alternates to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Appointees will serve a three-year term of office beginning Jan. 1.Members include producers Mark D. Hurst of Sheridan,... more »

Center Aisle Group announces LOUIE Award Scholarship for New Entrants

Center Aisle Group, an organization committed to helping greeting card and gift manufacturers create and sell, has announced the launch of its LOUIE Award Scholarship Program. The scholarship is for first-time entrants into the Greeting... more »

Produce sales continue to increase in second quarter 2012

Fresh produce dollar and volume sales saw larger increases in the second quarter of 2012 than the first, according to the latest edition of Fresh Facts on Retail, the quarterly retail research report of the... more »

Study finds organic food is no better on vitamins, nutrients

Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me?Unsure, Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out -- and concluded there's little evidence that going organic... more »

Full picture: 2012 apple crop smaller than last year

The size of the 2012 U.S. apple crop will be 202.1 million bushels, according to the U.S. Apple Association (USApple). That estimate was given during the association’s annual Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference held... more »

Processing apple prices announced

The Michigan Processing Apple Growers Marketing Committee recently negotiated the following minimum processing apple prices (for apples 2.5 inches and up) with several processors for the 2012 crop:• Jonathan: $28/cwt.• JonaGold, Ida Red, Crispin: $27/cwt.•... more »

MBG hires new CEO

MBG Marketing, a Grand Junction, Mich., based blueberry marketing cooperative, announced that Robert E. Hawk has been selected as its new CEO/President, effective August 1. Previously, Hawk has worked in a variety of production and... more »

Feds OK help for fruit growers hammered by weather

The federal government Monday declared Michigan a disaster area because of damage to fruit crops from erratic spring weather, making growers eligible to seek low-interest loans.Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, said USDA had granted... more »


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