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  • California growers, researchers doing what they can to conserve water

    Jul 23, 2014

    The 2014 drought will cost California’s economy $2.2 billion and 17,100 seasonal and part-time jobs, according to a study released in July by the University of California’s (UC) Center for Watershed Sciences and Agricultural Issues Center. The study states that the 2014 drought is “responsible… Full Story »
  • MSU opens enrollment for off-campus courses

    Jul 14, 2014

    The Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (MSU IAT) is offering several classes this fall, including a course in Tree Fruit Production and Management. MSU IAT has been conducting plant, animal and technology certificate courses on its East Lansing campus for more than 100 years. Commercial horticulture… Full Story »
  • Cooperative approach could overcome H-2A challenges

    Jul 8, 2014

    To combat recent labor shortages, agriculture groups in Michigan are developing what might be a singular solution: a cooperative H-2A program. “I’m not aware of similar programs,” said Sarah Pion, Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) regional representative for southwest Michigan. “I think this is one of… Full Story »
  • Ready Pac sponsors symposium to raise awareness about organic spinach

    Jul 8, 2014

    Ready Pac Foods sponsored a symposium on the sustainability of organic spinach, hosted by the United Vegetable Growers Cooperative. The event was held on June 24 in Seaside, California, and spotlighted the growing threat of downey mildew to organic spinach yields to help raise awareness… Full Story »
  • Field tours to kick off 2014 PMA Foodservice Conference

    Jul 1, 2014

    PMA Foodservice Conference attendees will get a fresh look at leading crops on an exclusive visit to some of Salinas Valley’s fields and facilities on the Behind the Scenes: Field & Plant Tour. In addition to facility tours, registrants will get a field-to-fork perspective of… Full Story »
  • Obama prods Congress on immigration reform

    Jun 30, 2014

    President Barack Obama is no longer relying on Congress to fix America’s “broken” immigration system. Starting today, he’s doing as much as he can on his own, directing federal agencies to move as many resources as possible to the U.S. border and directing Attorney General… Full Story »
  • Prune tomatoes for maximum size

    Jun 23, 2014

    When you prune tomatoes you are actually controlling crop load. If tomatoes are not pruned they will have higher numbers and more pounds of fruit, but the overall size will be down. This is not something most growers want. By controlling the number of branches… Full Story »
  • Water rule comment period extended

    Jun 10, 2014

    EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the public comment period for a proposed rule that defines the Waters of the U.S. that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. The extension was in response to a number of requests received by… Full Story »
  • Project looking for beekeepers, growers with cover crops

    Jun 10, 2014

    Bees are one focus of a new project from the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in Indiana, which is looking for cooperators in Michigan. This project will document the benefits of cover crops as habitat and nutritional sources for pollinators. The “Economic, Agronomic and Environmental Benefits of Cover… Full Story »
  • United Fresh disappointed with action taken by House Appropriations Committee

    May 30, 2014

    United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel issued this statement in response to the action taken by the House Appropriations Committee: “We are deeply disappointed by the vote today by the House Appropriations Committee to roll back school meal nutrition standards that benefit the health… Full Story »

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