Technology

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 »

Labor department scraps child worker rule

Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed extensive new rules restricting the kind of work people under 16 could do on farms. The majority of the restrictions revolved around 13 Hazardous Occupation Orders,... more »

Fruit stand works for Washington orchard

It’s 30˚ F in the Wenatchee Valley, the sun isn’t up yet and Dennis Nicholson is hard at work at Nicholson’s Orchard Fresh in Peshastin, Wash., finishing a block of pears. This is exactly the... more »

SWD doing significant damage to berries

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) hit Michigan hard in 2012. Worst off were fall red raspberry growers, who had to deal with wormy berries and customer complaints. Some decided to stop growing raspberries altogether, said Rufus... more »


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