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  • American farmers are growing old, with spiraling costs keeping out young

    Oct 30, 2014

    Art McManus slowly threads his 2001 white GMC pickup through a rolling grove of cherry trees, their limbs heavy with crimson fruit. Eyeing his 25-year-old grandson working with a crew of farmhands, he stops to watch them attach a mechanical shaker that grips a tree… Full Story »
  • USDA provides funds for Midwest honeybee habitat

    Oct 29, 2014

    USDA is awarding more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honeybees. "The future of America's food supply depends on honey bees, and this effort is one way USDA is helping improve… Full Story »
  • South Texas onion producers to vote on marketing order

    Oct 29, 2014

    USDA has announced that south Texas onion producers will vote from Nov. 3-17 on whether to continue their federal marketing order.   The marketing order requires that a continuance referendum be held every six years. To be eligible to vote, producers must have produced onions within… Full Story »
  • Bayer CropScience launches award to recognize industry innovators

    Oct 23, 2014

    Bayer CropScience will honor a leader in the produce industry whose thinking, practices and use of technology enhance the role of produce in creating better lives. The Bayer CropScience Produce Innovation Award will recognize a grower, whose innovative efforts improve yield and quality of a… Full Story »
  • Farm Bill funds labor survey

    Oct 23, 2014

    USDA recently announced that, through authorizations of the 2014 Farm Bill, it would invest nearly $118 million dollars to support America’s specialty crop producers. Following that announcement, Gov. Rick Snyder, along with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams, announced Michigan… Full Story »
  • USDA revises onion grade standards

    Oct 22, 2014

    USDA is revising three standards: the U.S. Standards for Grades of Creole Onions, U.S. Standards for Grades of Bermuda-Granex-Grano Type Onions, and U.S. Standards for Grades of Onions (other than Bermuda-Granex-Grano and Creole type). USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is modifying the three standards to… Full Story »
  • Members named to watermelon board

    Oct 16, 2014

    USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed 13 members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. All of the appointees’ terms will begin Jan. 1, 2015, and end Dec. 31, 2017. New members include: Katelyn Kelly Miller of Punta Gorda, Fla.; Matthew Singletary of Alva,… Full Story »
  • United Fresh announces series of staff promotions

    Oct 8, 2014

    The United Fresh Produce Association has made several staff promotions. Victoria Backer is promoted to executive vice president of the association, with a mandate to lead the association in all aspects of organizational development, management and operations. Backer will have several key areas of responsibility,… Full Story »
  • Judge won’t toss strawberry suit against UC Davis

    Oct 8, 2014

    Lawyers for the University of California were unable Thursday to derail a lawsuit accusing UC Davis of scuttling a lucrative, decades-old agreement to breed new varieties of fruit for California’s strawberry growers. The ruling by Alameda Superior Court Judge George Hernandez Jr. means the lawsuit… Full Story »
  • USDA invests millions in specialty crop grants

    Oct 3, 2014

    USDA has announced that nearly $118 million in grants are now available to strengthen markets for specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. The grants were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill as part of an effort to enhance the… Full Story »

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