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Florida event focuses on organic education

Florida Organic Growers (FOG) is offering discounted early registration to the 2024 Organic Food and Farming Summit. The event is April 18-19 at the Embassy Suites by Tampa Airport Westshore in Tampa, Florida. The summit... more »

UGA leads effort to tackle emerging threat to watermelons

Growers of cucurbits — which include melons, pumpkin, squash and cucumbers — face numerous challenges in production, leading to decreased profitability and less produce on grocery shelves. Weeds, insect pests and plant diseases are prominent... more »

Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine seeks relief for growers

In an answer to spiraling grower expenses, the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine is seeking a year hiatus from the 1.5 cents per pound tax the state levies on the wild berries. The commission met... more »

Researchers study AI for thinning, pruning automation

Researchers are examining ways AI can help improve orchard thinning and pruning. Oregon State University (OSU) and Washington State University scientists with AI, mechanical engineering and computer science expertise are also considering how the tech... more »

Bill Erwin, Greg Lang honored for Michigan fruit legacies

Two Michigan fruit industry notables who’ve spent the better part of their lives in orchards, Bill Erwin and Greg Lang, have been honored by the Michigan State Horticultural Society (MSHS). Erwin and his wife, Linda,... more »

Deadline approaching for New England high tunnel conference

The deadline for registering for a New England high tunnel conference is approaching. The High Tunnel Production Conference: Revitalizing Your Tunnel Vision is scheduled for Dec. 6 – 7 at the Fireside Inn and Suites... more »

WAVEx webinar to highlight spotted lanternfly threat

The Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) and Washington State University invite winegrape growers to register for an upcoming webinar on the havoc that can be caused by the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species that continues... more »

Northeast SARE grant proposals due soon

Proposals for Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) farmer grants are due Nov. 14 for the Northeast region. Northeast SARE covers Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,... more »

WSU presents sessions on pear pests, IPM

Washington State University (WSU) is presenting two “pear study circles” on pests and how to control them. Study circles are designed to provide opportunities for growers, consultants, researchers, and industry professionals to learn from one... more »

USDA extends deadline for specialty crop grants

The USDA has extended the deadline for the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program Request for Applications (RFA). The Specialty Crop Multi-State Program RFAs must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. by Jan. 31, 2024. Applications received after this... more »

Current Issue

Cover image of Fruit Growers News (FGN) July 2024 issue.

Talking tech: New app innovations aid growers

Smart tech wipes out pests: The latest trends in spraying automation

New Geneva rootstocks to help apple growers with size, yield, disease

Georgia peach success: Pearson Farm’s six generations find orchard happiness

FIRA preview: Tree fruit tech options abound at ag robotics conference

Fresh Views: Grapevine disease management tackled

Farm Market & Agritourism: Insights from the 2023 farm markets survey

National Plant Diagnostic Network

 

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