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 »

Patience Pays Dividends During 108th Congress

One word comes to mind when analyzing Farm Bureau's accomplishments during the 108th Congress. That word is "patience." And, as William Shakespeare wrote, "Though patience be a tired mare… she will plod." Patience was vital... more »

PDAs Add Efficiency to Farm Operations

A Palm Pilot can be an efficient and dependable tool to keep track of picking records, said a Michigan grower. Gary Bardenhagen from Lake Leelanau, Mich., has been using Palm Pilots to keep track of... more »

Caneberries Rule for Oregon Couple

Like the huge 207-year-old Douglas fir lying at the entrance to their Boring, Ore., farm, caneberry growers Tony and Julie Schedeen have had their farming ups and downs. But unlike the lifeless log felled by... more »

High-density Orchards, Dwarfing Rootstocks Gaining Popularity

High-density apple orchards on dwarfing rootstocks have become common in many apple growing regions of the world. This has allowed apple growers to achieve earlier production, higher production and better fruit quality than previously. However,... more »

Scheduling Achieves Agronomic Benefits Beyond Production

South Tyrol’s apple growing area extends to more than 44,400 acres, with virtually all this area being equipped with irrigation. Irrigation is in fact one of the pre-requisites for commercial apple production, although the amount... more »

Family Makes Its Mark with Dried Cherries, Chocolate

Mike and Marsh Shadbolt are not your typical Oregon sweet cherry growers. In fact, the couple is one of a kind. For starters, the Shadbolts, owners of Cherry Country in the Eola Hills west of... more »

Grower Finds Success At Supermarkets

From mid-May until the end of June, blueberries fly out of the packing plant at Sweet Berry Farms. In those six weeks, three million pounds of blueberries will be sold, bringing in the whole year’s... more »

Irrigation Outlook Mixed

The irrigation outlook for 2005 is better than it has been in years, at least in Colorado. The last few years, water levels have been low due to drought, but local growers are hoping the... more »

Grape Grower Optimistic About 2005

What Michigan Niagara and Concord juice grape growers need is a really good year. For many of them, it’s been four bad years running. For grower Bill Schultz, near Mattawan: “Grapes used to be my... more »

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