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Crop mix keeps customers coming back for more

When the Erbs talk about the diversity of their crops, they're not exaggerating. They grow 74 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, 54 varieties of peaches and nectarines and more than 100 varieties of pump... more

Sweet corn, peaches pair well for Ohio grower

There aren't many young fruit and vegetable growers out there, and it worries Gordon Hahn. Hahn, 55, grows fruit, vegetable and grain crops in Huron, Ohio. His ... more

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USDA seeks watermelon board nominees

USDA is seeking nominations for the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Applications for 13 open seats are due by June 2.The 37-member board includes... more »

Voters amend watermelon plan

USDA has announced that watermelon producers, handlers and importers have voted to amend the Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan importer eligibili... more »

Watermelon board members appointed

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed 13 members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board on Jan. 14. Appointments began immediately.Newly a... more »

Referendum set for watermelon growers

USDA has scheduled a referendum for eligible watermelon producers, handlers and importers.The referendum, scheduled for Jan. 13 through Jan. 27, 2014,... more »

California growers fighting tomato bindweed

Most of California's processing tomato growers have had their fair share of weeds to contend with. But in the past couple of years, field bindweed has... more »

Seed industry sees continued growth

The commercial production and sale of vegetable seeds continue to be bolstered by increased market demand for most varieties.A report issued in August... more »

Jensen brothers charged in cantaloupe incident

Cantaloupe growers Eric and Ryan Jensen were charged in federal court Sept. 26 with six counts of allegedly introducing adulterated cantaloupe into in... more »

Use of protected culture is widespread in Vermont

Long, harsh winters pose particularly stark challenges for vegetable producers in the fertile Connecticut River Valley.The weather obstacles are being... more »

Too much rain in the South, too little produce on the shelves

Peaches, the gem of the Southern summer, are just not so sweet this year.The tomatoes in Tennessee are splitting. Tobacco in North Carolina is drownin... more »

Cantaloupe groups gain traction on safety

The only way to go is up.Still smarting from a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., in 20... more »


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