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Western bean cutworm continues to plague sweet corn

Got a sweet tooth for sweet corn? You’re in good company. So should you hear rumors on the wind about wormy sweet corn – or field corn or dry beans (the kind you put in your soup kettle) and you’re curious about what’s behind them, here... more


Comment period still open for WOTUS rule action

The California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) has issued a reminder that the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule to withdraw the 2015 waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The agencies are seeking input as part of the first step t... more


Vermont offers grants to agriculture sector

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is making available over $1 milion in grants for the FY18 grant cycle. Funding will be available through the following grant programs: The Working Lands Enterprise Board offers over $... more


Great Lakes EXPO to offer a variety of activities

In addition to a large trade show with more than 450 exhibitors, this year’s Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will offer a variety of educational opportunities and special events. Adding to the educational opportunities will be ... more


U.S. certified organic ag production sales up 23 percent

Sales of organic agricultural production continued to increase in 2016, when U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, according to data released today by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Res... more


New Jersey offers grants for soil, water conservation

New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher said Sept. 20 that $500,000 is available in cost-sharing grants to farmers and landowners to help them implement soil and water conservation projects on preserved farms. “Conserving soil and wat... more


Former director, shareholder of Rijk Zwaan dies

Maarten Zwaan passed away on Monday, Sept. 18, at the age of 82. According to an item on the Rijk Zwaan website, Maarten Zwaan was on the board of directors at Rijk Zwaan from 1988-2000 and was co-shareholder of the company. Rijk Zwaan, based i... more


Western Growers releases 2017 compensation, HR data

Western Growers has released its 2017 Professional Compensation and HR Practices Surveys, exclusive data on base pay, incentive pay, merit increases and health plan coverages of the California and Arizona produce industry. Information from th... more


New application of CRISPR breaks yield barriers in crops

Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in New York state have harnessed the still untapped power of genome editing to improve agricultural crops. Using tomato as an example, they have mobilized CRISPR/Cas9 technology to rapidly generate v... more


Rotary connects farmers and food banks

A program created by Rotary members in Seattle, Washington, is fighting hunger and poverty in Arkansas thanks to connections formed through Rotary. Rotary First Harvest has been funneling donations of imperfect or “ugly” produce to food banks ... more



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