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USDA to fund antimicrobial resistance research

The USDA is making $6 million available to fund research to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, and administered by USDA's Na... more


Agriculture toolkit provides resources for urban farmers

The USDA has unveiled the Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA's Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. Industry estimates ... more


Study: Vermont farmers market products affordably priced

Commonly purchased foods can be affordably priced at Vermont farmers' markets, a study by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) found.  Last year, VAAFM conducted a pilot research project to address the consumer perception... more


Michigan Certified Fertilizer Applicator program available

In its first five months of operation, the newly-launched Michigan Certified Fertilizer Applicator Program (CFA) has enrolled more than 450 professionals representing 45 companies in Michigan. The CFA, developed by the Michigan Agri-Business Associat... more


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Renewable energy sources cheaper than ever

If you’ve looked into a renewable energy source – solar, wind, geothermal or other – as a way to power your farm and decided it was too expensive, you need to look again. The money-saving potential is too big to ignore, said Jim Byrum, presiden... more


Loans available for handling equipment, portable storage

USDA will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to... more


Michigan Vegetable Council Fund announces 2016 grant

The Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC) Fund has announced its 2016 research grant. This year’s grant of $9,100 will support research focused on improving fertility and weed management practices in snap beans. The grant will leverage additional fundin... more


Study analyzes individual neonicotinoid effects on bees

A new study analyzes the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides to determine their relative risk to bumblebees. The study published in Scientific Reports, "Neonicotinoids target distinct nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and neurons, leading to differ... more


Tanimura & Antle recognized for new employee housing

Tanimura & Antle and the County of Monterey were recognized at The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEC) Second Annual Regional Economic Summit for working together to develop the “Spreckels Crossing” farm employee housing community. [c... more


BRANDT gains majority stake in BAICOR

BRANDT has acquired a majority interest in BAICOR, based in Logan, Utah. BAICOR manufactures and distributes specialty fertilizers, focusing on liquids for foliar and soil applications. This acquisition will give BRANDT additional manufacturing c... more



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