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Growers brace for minimum wage hikes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted New York to become the first state in the nation to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour. The measure eventually passed, but California beat him to the mark – and other states have passed, or are considering, minimum... more


Bayer makes Monsanto $62 billion offer

Bayer has made an all-cash $62 billion offer to acquire Monsanto. Bayer would acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Monsanto Company for $122 per share. Bayer's proposal was submitted to Monsanto on May 10. Under t... more


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Diseases challenge Louisiana tomato season

LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh has never seen so many different diseases of tomatoes in one season. Singh, known as the LSU AgCenter plant doctor because he’s director of the Plant Diagnostic Center, said of the seven diseases reported... more


Secretary Vilsack releases statement on organic sector report

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has released a statement on the Organic Trade Association's report that the organic sector posted its largest-ever dollar gain in 2015. Total organic product sales grew by $4.2 billion, reaching $43.3 billion. ... more


Monsanto confirms acquisition proposal by Bayer

Bayer has confirmed company executives recently met with executives of Monsanto to privately discuss a negotiated acquisition of Monsanto. "The proposed combination would reinforce Bayer as a global innovation-driven Life Science company with lead... more


Sandea supplemental label reduces pre-harvest interval on cucumber

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved a new Supplemental Label for Sandea (halosulfuron) on cucumbers, cantaloupes, Honeydews and Crenshaw melons. The pre-harvest interval (PHI) for cucumber has been reduced to 14 days. The PHIs... more


Bedded row vegetable plantings, like these field tomatoes, can be fertilized through drip tape irrigation for mid-season nitrogen needs right in the root zone. Photo: Ben Phillips, MSU Extension.

Use linear bed feet for calculating fertigation

Soil test recommendations usually assume fertilizer is spread evenly across a field. However, with plasticulture and fertigation, growers can direct nutrients more efficiently. Headlands and drive alleys are typically not fertilized after plants are ... more


Panel finds LGMA guidelines sound

A panel of food safety experts participating in an outside, independent review of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement’s (LGMA) food safety guidelines has issued a report where it finds LGMA's guidelines scientifically sound. Panel m... more


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UC Davis wins early ruling in strawberry lawsuit

A federal judge has made an initial ruling in California Berry Cultivar’s lawsuit against the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and its strawberry-breeding program. California Berry founders Douglas Shaw and Kirk Larson were scientists... more


Reuters: USDA to join panel reviewing Syngenta, ChemChina deal

The USDA will join the government panel reviewing ChemChina’s planned acquisition of Syngenta, according to Reuters. U.S. Senators wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requesting that the U.S. Department of Treasury and USDA be involved... more



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