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Resource helps food hubs improve financial performance

A new resource from the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service will help food hubs improve their financial performance. Food hubs are a businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of locally-produced food. ... more


MFFPA accepting scholarship applications

The Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association (MFFPA) will present up to three scholarships to winning applicants on Wednesday, June 22. Applicant requirements include having successfully completed freshman year at an accredited community/state ... more


Direct-to-consumer sales help farms stay in business

Opportunities to buy food directly from farmers, in urban and rural areas, have increased considerably in recent years. The number of farms that sold food at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, onfarm stores, and community-suppo... more


Harmful, beneficial nematodes present in Michigan soils

Background Plant-parasitic nematodes can be serious pathogens of Michigan vegetable crops, particularly root crops such as carrots. Symptoms of nematode infection vary by crop and plant-parasitic nematode type, but include forked, stunted roots and ... more


Section 18 issued for Nimitz 480EC use in Michigan carrots

Vydate supplies are very tight due to a continued disruption in production, leaving Michigan carrot growers with few chemical options for nematode control. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has provided growers with an alternat... more


Visa backlogs threaten this year’s harvest

Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest America's food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, American Farm Bureau Federation President ... more


HELM Sulfentrazone 4F herbicide now available

HELM Sulfentrazone 4F herbicide from HELM AGRO US has received federal Section 3 registration. Classified as a Group 14 herbicide, HELM Sulfentrazone 4F is registered for control of more than 100 broadleaf, grass and sedge species in a wide variety ... more


USDA to assist farmers with environmental assurance

USDSA is making financial assistance available to Michigan farmers seeking to have their operations environmentally verified through the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). MAEAP is a voluntary program created in Michig... more


50-Handley

Retiring manager mulls growth of Illinois industry

Diane Handley was raised on a corn, soybean and livestock farm, but never really had aspirations to a career in agriculture. That all changed after working a couple of jobs following college in unrelated fields, when she suddenly found herself as an ... more


Meeting your food safety needs one bin at a time

The Food Safety Modernization Act is changing they way growers view food safety. Improvements are being made to packing lines and sanitation. Wood bins are being recycled and plastic alternatives are being purchased. RFID tags are becoming... more



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