Labor

For five weeks in summer, Pullins family comes together to sell 28 acres of berries

Raspberries are a scratchy, labor-demanding crop, and certainly harvest season is the most intensive – and important – time of the year. That fits with the folks who operate Champaign Berry Farm. Each year, they... more »

Pursuit of Grants Alters Washington Extension Priorities

This is the fifth story in a series about the future of Extension. Contrary to the opinions of most of his old professors, Tim Smith is not a loser. In fact, he’s quite highly regarded... more »

Honeycrisp a Beauty To Buyers, a Pain for producers

At $60 to $70 a box wholesale, Honeycrisp apples are well worth talking about – and that’s what the Fruit Ridge Pomesters did during their annual meeting this spring. Growers, processors and researchers all had... more »

Petroleum, not ethanol, is the real ‘alternative fuel’

People a thousand years from now (if there are still people) will probably write (if they can still write) with some amazement about the blip in history that was the 20th century, and the spirit... more »

Are Cities Condemning Land, Creating Urban Sprawl?

The Supreme Court decided rightly in the eminent domain case Kelo vs. City of New London. The court ruled that the city could use its power of eminent domain to carry out a planned redevelopment... more »

Adams County Looks at Platforms for Mechanization

Adams County, Pa., with its long history of fruit culture, in many ways epitomizes what is right and what is wrong with fruit production in the United States today. So it seems appropriate that Adams... more »

Fresh-cut Remains Fastest-Growing Trend in Produce Industry

With $12 billion in annual sales, pre-cut, pre-washed and packaged fruits and vegetables remain the fastest growing segment in the produce sector, and the category still has plenty of room to grow, according to a... more »

Scramble Toward Sweet Cherries Is On

Why do sweet cherries crack? The easy answer is, “It has something to do with rain.” But, conceded Mortiz Knoche, he didn’t have to come all the way from eastern Germany to tell growers that.... more »

Illinois Orchard Draws from Chicago Suburbs

The “Jonamac” in Jonamac Orchard doesn’t just stand for the apple variety, even though the orchard grows plenty of them. It also stands for Johnson-McArtor, the last names of the two families that have owned... 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 »


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