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Ceremonial ‘First Pick’ marks the start of the Michigan blueberry harvest season

The Michigan blueberry harvest is once again about to launch into full swing and local growers are working long hours to ensure that the blueberries are picked, packed and available to consumers, retailers, restaurants, and... more »

BREAKING: Federal Cranberry Marketing Order will continue

The USDA Cranberry Marketing Order, also known as the Cranberry Marketing Committee, USA (CMC), has received confirmation that cranberry producers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Long Island,... more »

United Fresh executives appointed to USDA advisory committees

United Fresh’s President and CEO, Tom Stenzel, along with Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Technology, Dave Gombas, and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Robert Guenther, have been appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack... more »

Shoreline Fruit vertically integrates to thrive

An agricultural operation with multiple business arms operates best when all facets are on the same page – or at least functioning from a shared playbook. John Sommavilla, CEO of Shoreline Fruit LLC in Traverse... more »

Breeding, energy, shelf life will drive future of storage

What might fruit storage look like in the future? Several experts shared their thoughts with FGN. Randy Beaudry, a horticulture professor at Michigan State University, said storage technology has pushed fruit about as hard as... more »

Guesstimate shows winter’s impact on crops

Coming off back-to-back winters that challenged fruit growers in Michigan, industry leaders gathered June 24 set the stage for what to expect from the 2015 crop.“We’ve experienced two harsh winters in a row and we’re... more »

PMA gathers industry leaders to address produce safety policy

Produce Marketing Association officials convened leaders of the fresh produce industry, regulatory officials, and esteemed members of academia for a Produce Safety Policy Conference in Washington D.C. Topics discussed during the event were the Food... more »

BREAKING: Supreme Court rules in favor of raisin grower

According to multiple new organizations, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a California raisin grower arguing that government agencies should not be allowed to claim control of a portion of a crop.Here’s more... more »

MBG Marketing appoints new president and CEO

The Blueberry People, the Grand Junction, Michigan-based blueberry growers’ cooperative, announced the appointment of Orrin “Larry” Ensfield as its new President and CEO, effective June 19. Upon accepting the resignation of then CEO Bob Hawk,... more »

Selling your crop to Michigan institutions this summer

With Michigan’s growing season nearly upon us, it can be helpful to stop and consider new markets for your products this year. Depending on what type of operation you have, most of your product may... more »

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