Customer Care Is Tops At Rudd Strawberry Farm

When the state commissioner of agriculture chooses to purchase his strawberries from your farm, you know you’re doing something right. Steve Troxler, North Carolina’s top elected ag official, dropped by Rudd Farm in May to... more »

Nation’s Fruit Farms Expected To Yield Large Crops

They’ve been doing it since 1955, and while the history’s fuzzy, members of the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association took a few minutes to observe that the event June 22 marked 50 years for the... more »

Large East Coast Customer Base Makes It All Work

When Pam and Gary Mount bought Terhune Orchards in 1975, they weren’t just looking to run a farm. They wanted to create a community gathering place, and they seem to have succeeded. More than 500,000... more »

New Concept Cherry Harvester Has Its Debut

For years, cherry growers have worked with large trees. It was a major challenge to contain their vegetative vigor and get them into full fruit production in less than six or eight years. Now that... more »

Shipping Cherries by the Millions

It was July 22, deep into the cherry harvest, and the cooling pad at Cherry Bay Orchards was abuzz with activity. Cooled water poured into tanks, each filled with about 1,000 pounds of cherries. When... more »

Hip Apple Seeks Market Groove

A few Washington apple producers are starting to benefit from being members of an exclusive club that grows a New Zealand apple called Jazz. The variety moved into retail stores in the United States and... more »

Cider Mill Brings Opportunities, Challenges

Jollay Orchards will open Grandpa’s Cider Mill just in time for its fall harvest festival. The festival begins Sept. 10, the weekend after Labor Day, and ends Oct. 30. In early August, the new cider... more »

Emerging Federal Rules Drive Blueberry Growers to Try New Insecticides

Blueberry growers currently are getting pretty good pest control with the pesticides they have available. So why would they be interested in new products, especially ones that cost more and might be more difficult to... more »

Apple Crop Estimate Down 10 Percent

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) released its 2005 production forecast during the Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference Aug. 18-19 in Chicago. It estimated total production in the United States this year at 223.45 million... more »

Immigration Reform Could Profoundly Affect Farms

There are dozens of bills in the U.S. Congress that address immigration reform in one way or another, but only one deals specifically with agriculture. The Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act of 2005... more »

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