50th Anniversary

Underserved market helps Chef’s Garden survive

When Bob Jones Sr. was a kid, Huron, Ohio, was known as a vegetable-growing community. There were probably 20 vegetable farms along a single road. Now, there’s only one: The Chef ’s Garden, his... more

Buurma Farms survives a century of change

Not counting two years in the U.S. Army, Curt Buurma has spent his entire life growing vegetables. And at age 76, he’s still on the farm every day – even th... more
The self-propelled Johnson Tomato Harvester, which is now manufactured and sold by California Tomato Machinery Co. Photo: California Tomato Machinery

Decades of development lead to mechanization of agriculture

Mechanized agriculture is the process of using agricultural machinery to mechanize work, greatly increasing productivity. In modern times, powered ... more »

Retiring manager mulls growth of Illinois industry

Diane Handley was raised on a corn, soybean and livestock farm, but never really had aspirations to a career in agriculture. That all changed after wo... more »

Pesticides now under more scrutiny

When “Silent Spring” was published in 1962, it triggered “fundamental changes” in the way pests were managed, said Jerry Baron, executive dire... more »

Diversification preserves Karnemaat Farms

With 10 children, Kent Karnemaat has gone through a lot of baby food. He’s also grown no small amount of the produce that went into mak... more »

Ag engineer Dale Marshall played key role in developing harvest equipment

He’s worked on equipment that has fed farm animals, harvested vegetables, swept citrus off the ground and aided in poultry processing – and that... more »

Dale Marshall

Developing a Mechanical Pepper Harvester

Dale Marshall spent the bulk of his career as an engineer with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service developing vegetable harvesters.... watch »

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 un... more »

History leaves trail of progress in controlled ag environments

For centuries a wide variety of techniques has been used to extend the growing season of horticultural crops. Glass jars, glass cloches, ho... more »

Barb Radewald: American Agri-Women — VGNtv

Barbara Radewald, former president of the Michigan Vegetable Council, discusses the origins of American Agri-Women.... watch »

Barb Radewald: 50 years of farming — VGNtv

Barbara Radewald, former president of the Michigan Vegetable Council, discusses the origins of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXP... watch »

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