Michigan Farm Family Celebrates 125 Years

The Hoffman family describes their farm on Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula as “a place to come home to.” And that’s a fitting description for the 125-year-old farm now operated by the fourth generation of family... more »

Mexican Court Nixes U.S. Apple Exporting Deal

After years of work and thousands of dollars spent, U.S. apple growers are back to square one in their efforts to export Delicious apples to Mexico. What was a “done deal” evaporated Feb. 24, just... more »

Mike Wittenbach Named Head of Michigan State Horticultural Society

Mike Wittenbach is following in his father’s footsteps, not just as a farmer, but also as president of the Michigan State Horticultural Society (MSHS). The new president starts his one-year term during the 2005 Great... more »

Sweet Cherry Grower Makes Harvesting Go More Efficiently

The Dalles is a great place to raise sweet cherries. With rich volcanic soils to grow in, the Cascade Mountains to shield against rain, few major pests to deal with and the Columbia River for... more »

Time Cover Story Kicks Off E-Mail Conversation

Time magazine boasts a circulation of more than 2.6 million, with another quarter million in newsstand sales, plus circulation worldwide in several languages. But in many ways, it’s a local magazine. Its editorial material often... more »

New Crunch Pak Plant Adds Apple-Slicing Options

Crunch Pak’s new 7,000 square-foot slicing facility in Cashmere, Wash., is giving the company more options for its prepackaged sliced apples. Tony Freytag, Crunch Pak director, said the “completely-updated” facility has allowed the company to... more »

Michigan Addresses New York’s Call for Mandatory Pasteurization

This is an open letter to our fellow apple cider makers’ in New York and throughout the country, who are subject to potential new policy changes in apple cider production. Alert—October 2004 It has been... more »

China Trip Teaches About More Than Apples

When you go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it’s hard to know how to describe it to people. I have more than 10 typewritten pages of notes on my trip to China but don’t have the... more »

Next Big Thing Is New Co-op for Marketing MN1914 Apple

After Pepin Heights Orchards was awarded the exclusive rights to market MN1914, the University of Minnesota’s new apple, everyone knew something else was going to happen. In July, it did. It’s called the Next Big... more »

Federal Programs Are Worth Billions To Specialty Crops

We’ve been hearing a lot about specialty crops lately, thanks in large part to the 2007 Farm Bill. In anticipation of the new bill, specialty crop representatives have been making their case to lawmakers in... more »

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