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Crassweller gets Outstanding Extension Educator Award

Rob Crassweller, professor of horticulture and extension tree-fruit specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2018 American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Extension Educator Award. The aw... more


Colorado fruit growers talk trade, labor with Perdue

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue met with members of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) May 15 at Sakata Farms to discuss the biggest challenges facing their farms. "Securing qualified, legal... more


US House fails Farm Bill

U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, May 18 voted down a proposed 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. The Republican leadership failed to gather votes from its conservative members, national news media reported, and the bill failed 198-213. House Agricult... more


14 appointed to USDA’s Plant Variety Protection Board

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has appointed 14 members to serve two-year terms on the Plant Variety Protection Board. Two alternate members were also appointed. “Innovation in the plant and seed industry has always been vital to agriculture... more


Tart cherry volume regulation proposed for 2017–18 crop

A proposed volume regulation for U.S. tart cherries produced during 2017-18 crop year would restrict the way the cherries can be marketed. The USDA’s proposed rule would be under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in seven tart cherry p... more


2017’s most common agribusiness insurance claims 

To help educate agribusiness professionals about costly trends in the industry, U.S. farm insurer Nationwide recently released its most common commercial agribusiness insurance claims. Below are the top 10 commercial agribusiness claims the compan... more


A second year of loss for Georgia blueberry growers

Unlike last year’s devastating freeze that hit the growing region March 15-16, 2017 after a mild winter, the 2018 losses are not directly attributed to one catastrophic freeze event.  


Perdue appoints new members to committee on food microbiology

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has appointed 18 new members and 12 returning members to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). “The committee members represent a diverse group from academia, c... more


Michigan awards grants to juice maker and processor

During its regularly scheduled meeting in May, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development voted to approve Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grants for food and agriculture projects in Michigan, including in the processed fruit a... more


USApple awards $5K grant for mobile kitchen classroom

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) presented the final award in its 2018 Apples4Ed grant program to Jackson, Missouri, school East Elementary. The school received $5,000 to help purchase a ‘Charlie Cart’ mobile kitchen classroom for its student... more



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