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Crop rotation, pest management impacted by climate change

According to the USDA report Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, temperatures in the next 40 years are expected to rise 1-2 degrees Celsius. This will increase pest pressure because insects that are frost se... more


Pure Flavor names chief marketing officer

Greenhouse grower and marketer Pure Flavor has added Chris Veillon as chief marketing officer to the company’s executive leadership team. “As we continue to grow our retail & foodservice business, we needed to strategically evolve our mark... more


Ocean Mist Farms sponsors Tour de Fresh for a second year

Ocean Mist Farms will participate in the Tour de Fresh three-day cycling event, supporting the Salad Bars to Schools initiative, for a second year. The event begins July 25 in Pismo Beach, California, and will conclude with a loop of Monterey, prior ... more


Phytophthora disease reported on winter squash and pumpkin

Many areas of Michigan have received a significant amount of rain that favors the development of phytophthora disease on winter squash and pumpkin plants. Other vegetables that are susceptible to Phytophthora capsici include cucumber, zucchini, s... more


Seedless watermelons focus of grafting study

Some people love to eat a juicy, seedless watermelon for a tasty, refreshing snack during a hot, Florida summer day. University of Florida scientists have found a way to stave off potential diseases while retaining that flavor. Consumers increasin... more


With $3 million grant, researchers look for sites to grow produce

University of Florida researchers are sounding a warning bell that fresh produce may be hard to come by in the future. Scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences cite changes in our climate, loss of fresh water and competition... more


AzaGuard label updated; new formulation released

BioSafe Systems has released a new formulation of AzaGuard Insecticide/Nematicide. A common inert used in emulsified concentrates was recently put on the EPA watch list, BioSafe noted in a press release. BioSafe Systems underwent the process of re... more


States get funds for FSMA produce safety implementation

The FDA is awarding $30.9 million in funding July 19 to support 43 states in their continued efforts to help implement the produce safety rule. This is the largest allocation of funds to date, made available by the FDA to help state agencies support ... more


Farm bill should push innovation, farmers testify

Investment in new technology, including robotics and mechanization, would ensure the future success of American agriculture, according to specialty-crop farmers who testified before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. The committee convened a ... more


Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center to show projects

The Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center Project Tour on Aug. 15, 2017, is your opportunity to view a wide array of plantings and projects at Michigan State University’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hilland... more



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