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Cornell/USDA rootstock program reimagines how apples are grown

Bite into an apple, and you’re tasting the fruit of scientific progress with deep roots. Apple-growing operations over the past half-century have undergone a stark transformation. Large, stately trees have given way to diminutive ones spread across... more


Westbridge receives EPA approval for its new Dart Fungicide EC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the registration of  Westbridge Agricultural Products' Dart Fungicide EC for the control of a wide range of fruit and vegetable diseases. In four years of university trials, the proprietary and... more


Stark Bro’s latest horticulture symposium brings the brain power

Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards, the world's oldest fruit-tree nursery, has been holding growers' symposiums for a long time. At the assembly prior to the one in the 1897 photo below, the Red Delicious apple was discovered.  In 1816, Stark Bro... more


New webpage makes info on ag pests, disease more accessible

Each year, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) must respond to new threats to America’s agricultural and natural resources often in the form of invasive species or emerging diseases. To raise awareness about these growing th... more


USDA assists farmers affected by recent flooding

When major disasters strike, USDA has an emergency loan program that provides eligible farmers low-interest loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. USDA also offers additional programs tailored to the needs of specific agricul... more


Major milestone hit in Michigan environmental protection program

On March 19, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) celebrated its 5,000th verification with an event at the Lansing Center. More than 500 farmers, commod... more


Ben Benson retires after 37 years at Groth Vineyard & Winery

After 37 years of farming at Groth Vineyard and Winery in Oakville, California, Ben Benson has announced his retirement. Founders Dennis and Judy Groth hired Benson in 1982 as the winery’s first employee. For 37 years, Benson has looked after 165 p... more



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