Technology

Michigan packer-shipper debuts $22 million facility

Heeren Bros., a family owned wholesaler, marketer and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables in Michigan, officially debuted its new, $22 million processing facility in Alpine Township in mid-December. Heeren Bros. distributes a diversified line... more »

USDA surveying on-farm irrigation practices

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the national Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey. Farmers, ranchers and horticulture producers across the United States will begin receiving the survey this week in the mail, asking... more »

Efficiency, quality improve with new cherry packing lines

Stemilt Growers’ new cherry packing line at the company’s facility in Wenatchee, Wash., is already paying dividends by trimming labor costs and allowing operators to capture fruit sizes more accurately, according to company officials. Stemilt... more »

Elite Apple moves partners’ product out the door

New packing, processing and marketing facilities are being unveiled this fall to handle the burgeoning output of the Michigan apple industry. Elite Apple, a joint effort among seven Michigan grower-shippers, opened its 60,000-square-foot plant near... more »

Elite Apple moves partners’ product out the door

New packing, processing and marketing facilities are being unveiled this fall to handle the burgeoning output of the Michigan apple industry. Elite Apple, a joint effort among seven Michigan grower-shippers, opened its 60,000-square-foot plant near... more »

Apple harvesting sorting system makes debut

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have unveiled their first prototype of an in-orchard harvesting aid/sorting machine that could prove to be significantly lower in cost than other existing systems. Renfu Lu, research leader for... more »

Fixing the devastation

After pouring every ounce of energy into building a flourishing agritoursim business near Oklahoma’s largest city, owner Glenn Orr and his family never counted on it all being shredded to pieces in just a few... more »

Hort center open house scheduled for Aug. 22

The NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center's annual open house is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22.This year, in addition to an equipment show, the annual wine tasting and dinner, the open house will include a Michigan... more »


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