Technology

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 »

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 »


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