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WMGG expands goals with strategic planning

The West Michigan Growers Group (WMGG) was started by Rachelle Bostwick of Earthkeeper Farm in order to create relationships amongst the region’s small, sustainable farms. Bostwick decided to start the WMGG after returning home to west Michigan to ... more


Use pH meter when checking soil acidity

Decreasing soil pH, also called soil acidification, is a growing concern in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Researchers and farmers have found soil pH values below 5.0 (more acidic) throughout the Palouse region. Acid soil can reduce the acces... more


Project receives $2.3 million grant to combat downy mildew

USDA has awarded Michigan State University (MSU) researchers and collaborators at six other universities across the country a four-year, $2.3 million grant to develop management plans for downy mildew. After nearly 120 years as a relatively rare, ... more


FDA: US, Canada food safety systems comparable

FDA has signed an arrangement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Department of Health Canada (Health Canada) recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable to each other. The arrangement was signed at a meeting of t... more


Syngenta names new CEO

Syngenta has appointed J. Erik Fyrwald as chief executive officer effective June 1. He succeeds John Ramsay who has been ad interim CEO since November 2015. Fyrwald is currently president and CEO of the U.S. chemistry distribution company Univar... more


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UC Davis faces lawsuit over strawberry breeding technology

Two scientists have filed a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). California Berry Cultivars, a company co-founded by former UC Davis scientists Douglas Shaw and Kirk Larson, along with A.G. Kawamura, filed the lawsuit. ... more


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Soil management practices impact strawberry production

Researchers have seen mixed results in the first two years of trials studying the impact of soil management practices on strawberry production. Amanda McWhirt, horticulture Extension specialist at the University of Arkansas, presented the findings... more


USDA to fund antimicrobial resistance research

The USDA is making $6 million available to fund research to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, and administered by USDA's Na... more


Agriculture toolkit provides resources for urban farmers

The USDA has unveiled the Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA's Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. Industry estimates ... more


Study: Vermont farmers market products affordably priced

Commonly purchased foods can be affordably priced at Vermont farmers' markets, a study by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) found.  Last year, VAAFM conducted a pilot research project to address the consumer perception... more



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