Welch seeks USDA funding for farms damaged by Irene

Tropical Storm Irene dumped 7 to 11 inches of rain on central and southern Vermont and left many farmers with mud-covered fields, dead livestock and drowned crops. Out of concern for contamination, the U.S. Food... more »

U.S. offering loans for buying and running farms

USDA's Farm Service Agency is offering Socially Disadvantaged and Beginning Farmer Loans designed to help some people purchase and operate farms.Socially disadvantaged groups include women, blacks, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Latinos and Asian and... more »

California wine grape growers whacked by wet weather

Local wine grape growers were dealt a double whammy Monday when an unexpected rain doused harvest plans for the second time in days, lowering sugars in fruit and jamming area wineries. If rain continues this... more »

Agriculture program at Shasta College still growing after 60 years

Shasta College's agriculture program covers a lot of territory — fields, greenhouses, a pumpkin patch, a vineyard, animal barns and an arboretum. It includes 20 cows, 30 goats, eight pigs, a couple of sheep and... more »

Pesticide survey set by USDA

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials plan upcoming surveys to collect information about pesticides used by fruit growers and general farming practices employed by barley producers.Beginning Saturday, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact growers... more »

UK farm needs a few good sweet cherries

A couple of years ago, G.H. Dean & Co. decided to invest “quite significantly” in sweet cherries. As part of the plan, the family farm in Sittingbourne, England, will plant up to 120 acres of... more »

President’s visit a boost for Illinois farm market

Bruce was knee-deep in vines, picking watermelons, when his cellphone rang. “Is this Bruce Curry?” a voice asked. “Yes,” Bruce affirmed. “Mr. Curry, I’m calling from the White House.” “You mean the one in Washington,... more »

Special events scheduled for Great Lakes EXPO

The 2011 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO includes many special events. Here are some of them. Midwest Pickle Association, Pickle & Pepper Research Committee (members only) Tuesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.... more »

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