Brush up on youth employment rules

As the 2013 season kicks in, it’s a good idea to brush up on laws governing youth employment in farm operations. In April 2012, the Obama administration, under heavy pressure from farm groups, dropped a... more »

Beekeepers blame neonicotinoids for bee deaths

Recent research has suggested that neonicotinoid insecticides – used throughout the world to protect corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and other major crops – are harming pollinators. Because of that, the use of neonicotinoids is being... more »

Ag community voices support for immigration proposal

A recent agreement between agriculture, labor and Congressional interests is being hailed as a key step in achieving comprehensive immigration reform – reform that includes long-sought provisions essential to growers.The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and... more »

Protecting your fruit from frost and freeze

After the damaging frosts and freezes many endured in 2012, growers are looking at frost prevention methods coming into 2013. This led to a packed house at the 2012 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm... more »

Retractable-roof greenhouse protects sweet cherries

The gift of a retractable-roof greenhouse could be the first step toward a new method of protecting fruit from weather extremes. In spring 2012, Cravo Equipment, a company based in Ontario, Canada, donated one of... more »

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 »

California lifts European grapevine moth quarantine in four counties

California state and federal agricultural officials are lifting the European grapevine moth (EGVM) quarantine in Santa Clara, Nevada, and Santa Cruz counties, and a portion of Sonoma county. This action is the result of progress... more »

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