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  • Jolene Brown to keynote farm marketing program at 2015 Great Lakes EXPO

    Jul 28, 2015

    Jolene Brown will make the keynote presentation for the farm marketing program at the 2015 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO, to be held Dec. 8-10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brown is a farmer, business consultant, author and professional speaker. She’s from eastern… Full Story »
  • ‘Number of honeybee colonies has actually risen since 2006’

    Jul 28, 2015

    Honeybees have been all over the news in recent years, and the news hasn’t been good. Report after report has been released documenting colony declines. But Christopher Ingraham, a journalist for The Washington Post, has painted a different honeybee picture. He says that it’s time to call… Full Story »
  • Potato late blight found in Michigan

    Jul 27, 2015

    A potato field in Montcalm County, Michigan has been reported with late blight over the past week and the genotype of the Phytophthora infestans isolate is the US-23 genotype. This was confirmed by GPI allozyme analysis. This genotype is Ridomil sensitive however the recommendations for treatment include… Full Story »
  • Rules govern union access to farms for ‘heat sweeps’

    Jul 24, 2015

    The United Farm Workers labor union has recently engaged in a flurry of activity. UFW public communications call these actions "heat sweeps during harvest," meaning they may continue throughout the summer and fall. Key to this activity is taking access to California farms. How, you… Full Story »
  • BREAKING NEWS: House passes GMO labeling law

    Jul 24, 2015

    According to multiple sources, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a labeling law that “blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont.” Reuters has more:        Dubbed… Full Story »
  • MSU Case Study: Small farmers can make food safety work

    Jul 24, 2015

    This case study provides an overview of the processes, challenges, benefits, and lessons learned from the Group Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) pilot project in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The project goal was to test how a group-based farm-based food safety certification process could benefit… Full Story »
  • New tools will ensure the safety of imported foods

    Jul 24, 2015

    The FDA has published a proposed rule and a draft guidance document to support a new program under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help eligible foreign entities demonstrate that imported food meets U.S. food safety requirements. Audits and certifications for eligible foreign entities under this program will… Full Story »
  • Regional IPM grants created benefits for western growers, agriculture

    Jul 23, 2015

    The Regional Integrated Pest Management competitive grants program, which ran from 1996 to 2013, created tools, models, training information and publications that have been a tremendous benefit to growers and agriculture in the West. That’s the finding of a retrospective of the program just released… Full Story »
  • Carlson to Speak at United Fresh Washington Conference

    Jul 23, 2015

    Tucker Carlson, political news commentator and co-host of “Fox and Friends Weekend,” will present “An Insider’s Look at Washington, Politics and Everything In Between” on Sept. 30 at the General Session Luncheon of the 2015 United Fresh Washington Conference. “We’re excited to hear from Tucker… Full Story »
  • Onion weed control in a cool, wet year

    Jul 23, 2015

    Onion weed control always requires attention and effort, but in wet years it becomes very difficult to maintain clean fields. Weeds grow more rapidly than onions, herbicides lose activity sooner and wet fields make subsequent herbicide applications difficult. Michigan State University Extension recommends several actions growers can… Full Story »

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