Crop Protection

Adam Putnam declares state of agricultural emergency in Florida

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared a state of agricultural emergency due to the Oriental Fruit Fly infestation in Miami-Dade County. The Oriental Fruit Fly is considered one of the most serious of... more »

What to do about SWD-infested fruit?

The SWD monitoring network Counties are all positive for SWD as of last week, Aug. 28. A lot of SWD are being caught in traps in research sites now with population numbers expected to climb... more »

Jim Farrar named director of UC Statewide IPM Program

Jim Farrar has been named director of the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program for the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He will begin the new position on Oct. 1. UC IPM... more »

PMA High Performance Management Conference set for Sept. 14

Now in its third year, Produce Marketing Association Foundation for Industry Talent’s (PMA Foundation) High Performance Management Conference (HPMC) offers produce and floral industry members a chance to reinforce training for their managers and other... more »

Protect hail-damaged clusters from Botrytis infection

Recent hail storms have caused serious damage to grapes in northwest Michigan. Canes have been gouged and blown off the trellis, leaves are tattered and berries have been split open. Wounds on leaves and canes... more »

New certifications combat nursery tree viruses, costs

Fruit tree viruses cost growers and producers thousands of dollars each year, and increased expenses often get passed down to the consumer. New standards to test for viruses in fruit trees and small fruit in... more »

Crop damage: Northern Michigan orchards are ‘devastated’

On Aug. 2 a storm swept through Northern Michigan leaving fruit crops “devastated.” Large hail and damaging winds have been reported throughout the area.Apple, grape and tart cherry crops were left in shambles — a... more »

Jolene Brown to keynote farm marketing program at Great Lakes EXPO

Jolene Brown will make the keynote presentation for the farm marketing program at the 2015 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO, to be held Dec. 8-10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Brown is a farmer,... more »

New tools will advance efforts to ensure safety of imported foods

The FDA has published a proposed rule and a draft guidance document to support a new program under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help eligible foreign entities demonstrate that imported food... more »

MSU: Small farmers can make food safety work

This case study provides an overview of the processes, challenges, benefits, and lessons learned from the Group Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) pilot project in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The project goal was to test... more »


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