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 »

EPA Grants Section 18 for Gentamicin on Fire Blight in Michigan

EPA has granted a Section 18 emergency exemption for the use of the antibiotic gentamicin (Agry-Gent 10-W) on apples for control of fire blight in four Michigan counties. EPA notified the Michigan Department of Agriculture... more »

Napa Valley Wine Grape Production Up, Prices Down

Napa County's 2006 harvest paralleled the statewide drop in wine grape production from 2005, which offered the largest crop in history. World Wine Passion more »

Mott’s Ends Aspers Apple Processing

As of this year's harvest, Mott's Inc. will no longer process apples at its Aspers plant. Evening Sun more »

’06 Grape Harvest Smaller, Worth More

The state's grape crop in 2006 was smaller than 2005 but worth more, the New York Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported. Business First of Buffalo more »

Good Crop, High Prices Bless ’06 Blueberry Harvest

For Maine's wild blueberry growers, the 2006 harvest is proving to be an agricultural perfect storm. The Ellsworth American more »

Law Makes Cider Pasteurization Mandatory in New York State

A new law that goes into effect this week calls for mandatory pasteurization or ultraviolet treatment of all apple cider produced in New York.“The law is designed to safeguard our industry and give consumers 100... more »

CIAB Recommends Final Percentages

The Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB), the national marketing order for red tart cherries, convened in Traverse City, Mich., Sept. 8 to calculate and recommend the final free and restricted percentages for the current crop... more »

New York Apple Growers Predict a 25 Million Bushel Harvest

The New York Apple Association (NYAA) announced its annual crop prediction is 25 million bushels for the fall harvest, a crop virtually the same size as last year, with bigger apples on the trees after... more »

Cherry Industry Administrative Board Sets Preliminary Free, Restricted Percentages

The Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB), the national marketing order for red tart cherries, recommended that the free percentage, net of the Market Growth Factor and accounting for appropriate economic adjustments, be set at 67... more »

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