50 years later: Number of farms has dwindled, yields have increased

According to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, there were 131,653 U.S. farms growing vegetables (excluding “Irish” potatoes and sweet potatoes) on about 3.3 million acres in 1964. Forty-eight years later, there were 72,045 farms growing vegetables ... more

Projects follow salmonella’s route through irrigation water

A pair of research projects that focus on salmonella and its relationship to irrigation water are designed to help Southeastern producers better understand associated risks and steps they can take to address them. The first one, led by George Vell... more

Gowan Company to buy global DNA business from Dow AgroSciences

Gowan Company announced Nov. 30 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the entire global dinitroaniline (DNA) herbicide portfolio from Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW). The ac... more

The Affordable Care Act’s excise tax and its effect on agricultural employers

Since the inception of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has been a great amount of discussion about the requirements for employers and what Applicable Large Employers (ALE) – defined as 50 or more FTE’s for an annual monthly average – are... more

EPA revokes registration of Dow herbicide

According to Midland Daily News, EPA has revoked the registration of Enlist Duo, a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D created by Dow AgroSciences for the next generation of genetically engineered crops. Enlist Duo was initially approved for use a... more

Online course develops food safety plan for North Carolina growers

North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis has developed a web-based course, free to North Carolina farmers, that will culminate in the development of a food safety plan. A written ... more

Coalition urges Congress not to cut crop insurance

A coalition of 49 groups representing farm interests, equipment manufacturers, banks, insurance companies, credit lenders and other entities is urging Congressional leadership to not cut crop insurance or other farm programs through the omnibus appro... more

United Fresh to honor Rick and Tonya Antle

The United Fresh Produce Association will honor Rick and Tonya Antle with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Produce Legends Dinner during the United Fresh Midwinter Leadership Forum, January 12-14, at the La Quinta Resort and Club, in La Qui... more


How will vegetables be grown a century from now?

When asked what commercial vegetable fields might look like in the future – even up to a century from now – those who’ve studied them closely gave a wide range of answers. Tim Waters, an associate professor and vegetable specialist with Wash... more

Managing soil fertility: taking a ‘good’ soil sample

Now is often the time of year that we think about soil sampling and getting a handle on the fertility needs of individual fields.  This is a great time to collect soil samples if soils are not too wet and still not frozen.   One of the keys to get... more

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