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USDA announces $58.25 million to protect agriculture from pests, diseases

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has allocated $58.25 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This money will support 434 projects that prevent the introduction or spr... more


Water sampling for Food Safety Modernization Act rule compliance

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule on Produce Safety. One area that was tweaked in the final rule from the proposed rule was clarification around sampling when testing i... more


Vidalia Onion Committee celebrates honorees at annual banquet

The Vidalia Onion Committee (VOC) hosted its annual awards banquet on Feb. 6 at the Hawks Point Golf Club in Vidalia, Georgia. Jason Herndon from L.G. Herndon Jr Farms Inc. was named grower of the year and J. Scott Angle, former dean of the Universit... more


Miller Chemical & Fertilizer adds Van Arkel to sales team

Miller Chemical & Fertilizer, international manufacturer and distributor of non-hazardous crop protection products, foliar nutrients and adjuvants, has added Bob Van Arkel to its domestic sales team for the Michigan region. He will work with ag... more


Peppers

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



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