Gasperini to retire as head of national ag employers’ group

Frank Gasperini, president & CEO, National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE), has announced his pending retirement. A search process has been initiated to find his replacement, who will takeover the position later this year. [caption id... more

Michigan wetlands program review requested

Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce are asking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Administrator, Scott Pruitt, that the agency conduct a second review of the state’s Clean Water Act permitting program, cur... more

Growth suppression for prolonged marketability of tomato transplants

Vegetable transplants grown in commercial high-density trays can quickly outgrow the optimal size for shipping and transplanting, limiting transplant performance, and marketing flexibility for commercial nurseries. Abscisic acid (ABA) and uniconazole... more

On-farm field days scheduled at host farms in New York state

From Niagara to Suffolk County and from pest management and high tunnel tomatoes to soil health and grass-based dairy management, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) kicks off its 2017 statewide organic on-farm field days.... more

ASTA hosts meeting to discuss Palmer amaranth

On May 9, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) hosted a meeting of grower groups, seed companies, and state government officials to discuss a collaborative approach to addressing Palmer amaranth and other weed seed issues. According to a new... more

Different aspects of DNA demethylation involved in tomato ripening process

Using advanced gene-editing technology, a team of scientists found that DNA demethylation is required for the tomato ripening process through both activation of induced genes and the inhibition of ripening-repressed genes. Most studies on DNA deme... more

US House rolls back pesticide restrictions

The U.S. House of Representatives on May 24 approved bipartisan legislation to eliminate "an unnecessary, duplicative, and costly regulatory process under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the approved use of pesticides." According ... more

Study looks at factors tied to CSA membership

If you’re a high earner and have a graduate degree, chances are you’d rather eat out than buy your food through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, according to a national survey co-authored by a researcher at the University of Flori... more

UC Davis involved in strawberry breeding ruling

According to a news release from the University of California-Davis, a federal jury has ruled in favor of the University of California in its lawsuit with two former UC Davis strawberry breeders and the private breeding company they created with UC-o... more

Tanimura & Antle adds Glynn as director of organics

Tanimura & Antle has hired Chris Glynn as director of organics as the company prepares for a rollout of organic products. From 2005 until he joined Tanimura & Antle, Glynn was at Earthbound Farm, most recently as vice president of ag supply, ... more

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