China lifts ban on U.S. Red, Golden Delicious

In October, China reopened its borders to Red and Golden Delicious apples from Washington state, lifting a ban that had been in place for more than two years, according to the Washington Apple Commission (WAC).... more »

Research a priority for hort president

Research drives survival and growth in the agriculture industry, and a Michigan group remains focused on providing support for those efforts in a challenging funding climate. “The society, along with some of the other commodity... more »

Vacuum harvester redesigned to be self-propelled

A mechanical harvester that’s been in development for some time has undergone enough tweaks that its designers are nearly ready to bring the machine to the marketplace. Once again this fall, the machine – called... more »

Take steps to integrate safety with agritourism

Safety should be at the top of every agritourism operation’s business plan, and there are resources available to identify areas of concern and ways to effectively address those issues. Marsha Salzwedel, agricultural youth safety specialist... more »

China reopens market to U.S. Red, Golden Delicious

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has officially announced reinstatement of market access for Red and Golden Delicious apples from Washington state to China, effective immediately.According to the Washington Apple Commission (WAC), shipments of... more »

Stemilt gets license to latest Minnesota variety

Minnesota apple growers will have access to a new cultivar released by the University of Minnesota (UM), but a license agreement with Stemilt Growers of Wenatchee, Washington, will be at the forefront of the continuing... more »

New York apple gets limited launch via Wegmans

The New York Apple Growers (NYAG) will be launching a new apple called SnapDragon in all Wegmans stores starting in November.SnapDragon has a distinctly bright-red, dappled color, crispy texture and a sweet, juicy flavor. The... more »

USDA funds tree fruit survey

USDA recently announced that, through authorizations of the 2014 Farm Bill, it would invest nearly $118 million to support U.S. specialty crop producers. Following that announcement, Gov. Rick Snyder, along with Michigan Department of Agriculture... more »

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