Technology, consolidation have transformed the vegetable industry

Greg Boese doesn’t know where the last 50 years went. “It’s just bang, somehow we got to this point,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t understand how it happened.” Boese, now 68, has spent most of his life in the vegetable industry.... more

US Department of Labor announces delays in H-2A applications

Employers who participate in H-1B, H-2A and H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa programs may experience delays in the processing of applications, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC). The OFLC is ... more

FMC announces label expansion for Rhyme fungicide in California

Rhyme fungicide from FMC, first registered in California in late 2014 for grapes, has now received approval from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, according to an FMC news release. Rhyme has received approval for a wide range of spec... more

MSU researcher to study how produce absorbs chemicals from soil, water

Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientist Hui Li has been awarded a $475,000 grant from the USDA to study the mechanisms by which fresh vegetables absorb pharmaceuticals and personal care products from soil and water. Pharmaceuticals an... more

Specialty Crop Grant opportunities available for Michigan businesses

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced new opportunities for Michigan businesses through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the USDA Ag Marketing Services. The grant funding is contingent on the availa... more

Obituary: Jeff Kindhart

Jeff D. Kindhart, age 51 years, a resident of rural Grantsburg, Illinois, passed away Monday morning, Feb. 8, at 11:45 a.m. at his home. Jeff was born Jan. 18, 1965 in Springfield, Illinois. He was the son of Dean and Alberta (Miller) Kindhart. ... more

Titan Farms expands with fruit, vegetable processing facility

Titan Farms, a peach grower on the east coast, announced its expansion into the fruit and vegetable processing landscape through a new processing facility. The new endeavor comes from uniting their passion for peaches and for sustainability. The oper... more

Marrone Bio submits novel biofungicide to EPA for review

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. announced that it has submitted MBI-110, a new biological fungicide, to the EPA. A broad spectrum product, MBI-110 is especially notable for its activity on downy mildews and white molds, as shown in two years of field ... more

USDA scientists using organic approach to improve carrots

[caption id="attachment_7601" align="alignleft" width="186"] USDA Agricultural Research Service is growing carrots in organic fields for research. Photo: Stephen Ausmus, ARS.[/caption] Organic carrots are coming into their own. About 14 percent of... more

New research offers tips for managing Mexican bean beetle

  A study featured in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) is offering new insights into managing the Mexican bean beetle without using insecticides. The article “Natural History, Ecology and Management of the Mexican Bean Beetl... more

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