Produce Traceability Initiative makes progress in industry

Two E. coli outbreaks involving romaine lettuce last year has tracking and traceability at the forefront of the produce industry once again. While there is nothing good about E. coli contamination, th... more »

7 questions with plant pathologist Chaks Mattupalli

Chakradhar “Chaks” Mattupalli’s experience in agricultural financing in India put him on a very different career path: plant pathology. In dealing with growers on a daily basis, Mattupalli was i... more »

Greenhouses, farm markets a new career for Michigan man

The hard work of having a greenhouse may not appeal to most people, but it was a new beginning for Jim and Cathy Tomlin of End Of The Lane Plants and Produce of Deford, Michigan. “I grew up in De... more »

Timothy Weiser honored as top veggie grower in Pennslyvania

His family farm grew fruit, but in the 1970s Timothy Weiser saw an opportunity in vegetables. “We were in the fruit business, cherry business and plum business – several hundred acres of fruit,... more »

Winter hoop house production set by timing

Hoop houses extend the growing season, but planting date is key if one plans to grow vegetables through the winter. Base the planting date on the last day that has 10 hours of daylight as the days ... more »

On-farm review a low-pressure FSMA approach

Small growers stressing out over pending formal inspections may benefit from some practice. On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs) offer something of a dry run or practice test for such growers. The ... more »

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