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Michigan creates Food and Agriculture Housing Task Force

Michigan’s food and agriculture workforce traditionally consisted of the self-employed and family members, but the trend has been showing a sharp increase in the need to hire additional labor within the food and agriculture communities.... more »

Education, resources for small farms set for Michigan Family Farms Conference

Winter brings many opportunities for Michigan farmers to engage in conferences across the state that support their continuing education and brings them together around a common interest and fellowship. One such conference is the Michigan Family... more »

Programs to assist New York farmers to increase environmental protections

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Jan. 21 the availability of $1.3 million for two programs to assist New York farmers to increase environmental protections on farms across the state. Funds... more »

Rutgers research reveals information gaps on LED lighting for indoor crops

While LED lighting can enhance plant growth in greenhouses, standards are needed to determine the optimal intensity and colors of light, according to Rutgers research that could help improve the energy efficiency of horticultural lighting... more »

Michigan growers receive support from congressman seeking ag hearing

Blueberry, cherry and asparagus growers being significantly impacted by “questionable trade practices” are gaining support from Congressman Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, who wants a field hearing to be held in west Michigan by the U.S. Department... more »

Frieda Rapoport Caplan, produce industry leader, dies

Produce industry pioneer Frieda Rapoport Caplan, 96, died in her home on Jan 18. Caplan is widely praised for her role in elevating the role of women in... more »

Support from USTR to boost Washington state asparagus industry sought

U. S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, sent a letter Jan. 14 to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, thanking him for his work negotiating the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and urging further action to support and strengthen the... more »

Romaine outbreak declared over; safety efforts up

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared Jan. 15 the e. Coli outbreaks associated with romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California, region over and the agencies lifted... more »


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