USDA offers help for California producers to rebuild

USDA is targeting $4 million to help farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners in California recover from the recent wildfires. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will issue waivers for those interested in the Environmental Quali... more

Michigan joins in plea for ag protections in NAFTA

Jamie Clover Adams, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, joined state and provincial counterparts from the United States, Mexico and Canada week to stress the necessity of the North American Free Trade Agreement (... more

Vermont has grant for Capital Equipment Assistance Program

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is pleased to announce $1 million in funding for the Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP).  This financial assistance program is available to support farmers to acquire new or in... more

Mann Packing recalls minimally processed vegetable products

Mann Packing of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling minimally processed vegetable products listed below because they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing is issuing this recall in response to a single positive resul... more

Onion producer to pay $1.5M in back wages, damages

Vidalia, Georgia-based Bland Farms Production and Packing LLC will pay nearly $1.5 million in back wages and liquidated damages after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FL... more

Predatory insect may help control whitefly

Scientists at the University of Florida have found an insect predator that may help greenhouse tomato growers manage populations of the sweet potato whitefly when used as a piece of an integrated pest management system. Bemisia tabaci, also known ... more

NIFA biotechnology grants boost food safety policy

The science of agriculture grows more complex every year. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced Oct. 19 support for projects to help bridge the gap between biotechnology innovations and the policies on how to use them. Th... more

Monsanto pledges $250K for relief efforts In Puerto Rico

Monsanto Company is continuing its support of disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico by donating $250,000 to Centros Sor Isolina Ferre’, a social services agency which provides assistance to communities located near the company’s Monsanto Caribe ... more

Marsh to lead National Council of Agricultural Employers

Chair Joe Young of Goffstown, New Hampshire, announced Oct. 18 that following an exhaustive national search, the board of directors of the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) has selected Michael Marsh as the organization’s new presid... more

UNH to develop strawberry varieties for organic production

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have launched a research project that aims to develop the first varieties of strawberries specifically designed for organic agriculture in the United... more

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