Technology

New apple harvester unveiled in United Kingdom

A mechanical apple harvesting aid that could save growers more than 35% on labour costs made its debut in Chatham-Kent Tuesday.The $80,000 machine, manufactured in Spain, attracted the attention of several fruit farmers from the... more »

Growers are getting more choices in ag GPS

Most farmers have a basic familiarity with global positioning systems (GPS) technology. In agriculture, GPS is used to plant and harvest crops and increase efficiency. Picking the right system depends on how accurate you want... more »

So what do fruit growers do in a slow year?

East of the Mississippi, tree fruit farmers agree: This year’s a tough one. Whether or not you believe in global warming or climate change or Russian roulette, the fact is a super-warm March plus a... more »

Young growers the faces of ag’s future

America’s farmers are getting older. According to the last USDA census, the average age hovers around 60 years. That troubles Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. “If we do not repopulate our working lands, I don’t... more »

Grants help farms expand value-added products

USDA recently awarded $40.2 million in value-added producer grants to 298 recipients in 44 states and Puerto Rico. According to USDA, the grant program is a tool for independent fruit and vegetable producers, among others... more »

U.K. marketers know personality sells the experience

The 2012 England Agritour is history, but for the 26 participants, it will not be soon forgotten. If you’re trying to find “new” ideas for growing your agritourism business, I recommend a visit to the... more »

USDA announces expanded loan program for farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA has made substantial, year-over-year gains in expanding credit opportunities for farmers and ranchers across the United States. The increase in farm and operating loans has helped improve farmer and... more »

Growers to receive orchard survey

Tree fruit growers in Washington, Michigan and New York will be receiving a survey from Haley Consulting Services asking growers about their horticultural practices and orchard characteristics. Responding to the survey is critical, as growers’... more »


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