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Stress task force offering help to struggling Ohio farmers

The persistent spring rain created Ohio's worst planting year on record. So much is out of a farmer’s control. Weather. Commodity prices. A hike in international tariffs on American agricultural goods that has diminished demand for them. When... more


Microbes on the menu for bee larvae

Bees only feast on nectar and pollen, right? Wrong. Turns out, Nature's famously busy insect isn't strictly vegan, after all. Reporting online in this month's American Naturalist, a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university s... more


John Deere opens new Intelligent Solutions Group facility in Iowa

John Deere recently opened its new Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) facility in central Iowa. The 134,000 square-foot facility in Urbandale is devoted to problem solving with technology, collaboration, testing and development for John Deere precisi... more


Farm Service Agency expands payment options

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is expanding its payment options to now accept debit cards and Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit. These paperless payment options enable FSA customers to pay farm loan p... more


Convertible cover for protected apple cultivation unveiled

What is a way of protecting apple cultivation from pests and fungal diseases while reducing the use of pesticides as much as possible? Researchers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands may have developed an answer for this: the ... more


Washington tree fruit industry awards over $1.1 million in scholarships

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) awarded a record 320 new and renewing students with scholarship support this spring.  Funding for the awards was raised through voluntary contributions from members of the tree fruit industry and its ... more


USDA to purchase canned pears

The USDA Aug. 15 announced plans to purchase Canned Pear Products for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. Purchases will be made under the authority of Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, with the purpose to encourage... more



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