Technology

Orchard rides hard cider wave

When Andrew Blake first approached his family with the idea of starting a hard cider operation at Blake Farms cider mill and orchard in Armada, Michigan, the response was less than enthusiastic. “We told him... more »

Michigan Tree Fruit Commission, MSU forge agreement

Maintaining infrastructure needs at the state’s agricultural research stations will be a top funding priority for the newly established Michigan Tree Fruit Commission (MTFC). Meeting for the second time since the organization’s establishment earlier this... more »

Lawsuit roils Michigan blueberry fields

Editor's note: This story has been updated from its original version.The Michigan Blueberry Growers Association, also known as MBG Marketing, has filed a lawsuit against Brenda Reeves and her employer, a group of companies collectively... more »

Buyers cautioned in wake of BEI woes

BEI International, a South Haven, Michigan, agriculture equipment supplier that went defunct in April, left several farmers throughout the country without their promised harvesting equipment and parts – and little chance of recouping their thousands... more »

Expect to see more technology in produce facilities

There are two elements about the fresh-cut produce line of the future that we can be sure of: raw product will be received and a finished product will depart. The territory between these entry and... more »

Davison Orchards secures unique niche

An abundance of family farm tradition has been established in a non-traditional setting on the slopes along the Okanagan Valley in Vernon, B.C., Canada. Davison Orchards Country Village is in “kind of a funny place... more »

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 »

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SNAP opportunities for your market expanded

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