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Primocane Raspberries Fit Just Fine on Maryland Farm

If managing raspberries were easy, would they still sell for $4.50 a pint? Nathan Milburn hopes so. In 2001, Milburn Orchards ventured into raspberries for the first time. The Elkton, Md., family was expanding the... 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 »

Michigan Apple Committee Research Funds Released to MSU

It’s important to keep Michigan’s fruit growing community updated on the status of Michigan Apple Committee’s research funding for 2006. As many of you are aware, we’ve had difficulty selling Michigan apples to public institutions... more »

Growers Turning To Federal H-2A Labor Program Despite Its Flaws

An increasing number of growers are turning to the federal foreign labor program to find workers. They’re not signing up because it’s a great program, however. They’re signing up because they’re desperate, said Craig Regelbrugge,... 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 »

Washington Growers Praise Visit from Mexico’s President

Mexican President Vicente Fox’s visit to Yakima, Wash., was seen as a step in the right direction by many of the area’s produce growers. “Overall, it was a good visit and a good thing for... more »

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 »

Thousands drive for miles to visit Edwards Apple Orchard

It’s 80 snarled-traffic miles from Chicago to the corn and soybean fields around Rockford, Ill., but lots of people make the trek, sometimes several times, between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. And it’s not to look... more »

New York Winery Named Best in State

Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards was named “Winery of the Year” during the 2005 New York Wine & Food Classic. What does it take to be named the best winery in the state? Vineyard manager Tom Stevenson... more »

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 »


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