Midwest

USDA destroying flowers to eradicate Ralstonia bacteria

Federal officials are working with greenhouses in 39 states to destroy infected pink geraniums and prevent an invasive bacterium from infecting vegetable crops. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently confirmed a Ralstonia... more »

Purdue Student Farm helps stock local food pantries with fresh produce

Amid rising economic insecurity and heightened uncertainty, the Purdue Student Farm is doing all it can to keep its local community healthy and well-fed. The usual outlets the farm sells to, mainly campus dining venues,... more »

Donations come from Michigan food, agriculture businesses

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on April 23  recognized several Michigan food and agriculture businesses for their donations to the Food Bank Council of Michigan and other non-profits as part of the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Initiative... more »

Temporary license extension granted to Michigan pesticide applicators

Pesticide applicators in Michigan are required to be licensed to apply restricted use pesticides (RUPs) on their own properties or commercially on others’ property. Licenses are categorized as either private applicators, for those growing agricultural... more »

COVID-19 impact on food markets, agriculture Purdue webinar topic

Join the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture for a free webinar examining COVID-19’s impact on U.S. food and agriculture from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20. “COVID-19 is disrupting U.S. food distribution and marketing, reducing demand... more »

Protecting farm labor during the COVID-19 pandemic

Maintaining a healthy farm workforce is more important than ever to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure a successful harvest. Farms should continue to enforce food safety best practices already in place, such... more »

Farmers connected to mental health services with MSU partnership

Michigan State University Extension's Farm Stress program is now equipped to connect farmers experiencing stress and mental health issues with online counseling. Through this pilot project, Michigan State University Extension’s Farm Stress Program  can link farmers with... more »

Michigan growers, ag interests backed by MDARD director in plea to USDA

As Michigan’s food and farming community was already struggling to overcome the severe weather and low commodity prices from 2019, the COVID-19 global pandemic created even more dire and daunting economic hardships for the state’s... more »


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