Not Much Fruit to See on Illinois Hort Tour

“It’s going to be a tough show to do. There’s not a whole lot to look at.” That was Larry Flamm’s assessment the week before the Illinois State Horticulture Society annual field day tour was... more »

Hard Work, Imagination Make On-farm Business Flourish

In 1984, Harold and Janice Wagner started with an old farmhouse, a drive shed and 50 acres of untilled ground just outside of Windsor, Ontario. They’ve put money and sweat equity into the property, but... more »

UC Cooperative Extension Battles Back From Drastic State Budget Cuts

When it comes to agriculture in the United States, it doesn’t get much bigger than California. The Western state stretches hundreds of miles from north to south, encompassing a diverse range of climates, soil types,... more »

Cherry Industry Administrative Board Sets Restricted Percentage at 45

The Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB), which administers the federal marketing order governing red tart cherries, recommended that the free percentage be set at 55 percent and the restricted percentage at 45 percent.The decision was... more »

Time To Lobby Hard for Farm Worker Reform Legislation

Well, it finally happened – the long awaited legislation to reform immigration and tighten U.S. borders finally came to Congress for debate. The AgJOBS provisions many farm groups wanted is in the package, along with... more »

New Distribution Center Empowers Growers

A new distribution center in Florida packed up to 50,000 pounds of blueberries a day during the peak season and has the potential to pack even more when it reaches its full capacity, said Jerry... more »

Senate Debates New Immigration Reforms, Including AgJOBS

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and officials of the Bush administration reached agreement on the elements of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, including the provisions for temporary workers for agriculture contained in AgJOBS. The agreement... more »

Tanners Orchard Serves Up Fun for Illinois Visitors

John Tanner grew up on his family’s fruit farm, but, given its location 5 miles down a bumpy dirt road, its position wasn’t much of an asset for what he had in mind. So, in... more »

Workers Scarce for Napa Grape Harvest

Immigration raids are being blamed in part for a Coachella Valley agricultural worker shortage that has reduced the table grape picking pool up to 20 percent. Napa Valley Register more »

Labor Shortage Hindering Harvest

A local labor shortage will likely force field workers to work longer hours for Coachella Valley farmers during the grape harvest. Palm Springs, Calif., Desert Sun more »

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