Midwest

Animal-based soil amendments face FSMA compliance

Biological soil amendments of animal origin (BSAAO), such as manure, compost, emulsions and meals are used on produce farms to increase soil organic matter, to improve fertility and deliver other benefits to crop productivity and... more »

Michigan plans $12M in produce-processing projects

A score of food-processing projects in Michigan will be awarded funds under a competitive grant program. The $1.8 million in grants for the 20 projects will leverage more than $12 million in private investments, according... more »

Dairy Doo event to demonstrate composting techniques

Morgan Composting in Sears, MI will host an educational event Saturday, August 3. Two tracks will be offered – one for homeowners and one for those involved in small or large farms. This event is... more »

Phytophthora crown rot on cucurbits, peppers requires diligence

This year’s wet conditions are just what phytophthora ordered. This plant pathogen lives in the soil and survives Michigan winters. It does not move via air currents but spreads via splash of contaminated soil, surface... more »

Cornell Extension: Late blight in northwest Pennsylvania

Late blight this month was found in Pennslyvania's Erie County, which borders of Ohio to the west, New York to the east and Lake Erie to the north. Late blight is a devastating airborne disease... more »

Michigan’s Mike Pirrone Produce names new president

Carpac, Michigan-based Mike Pirrone Produce has promoted an employee to be the new company’s new president. The company distributes and ships Michigan hothouse rhubarb and other fresh vegetables. The staff changes won’t affect its regular... more »

Late blight detected in central Wisconsin, southern Washington

Late blight has been confirmed in a potato field in central Wisconsin. Testing done by University of Wisconsin-Madison showed late blight from a field sample from Wood County, associate professor and Extension specialist Amanda Gevens... more »

Clark County, Wisconsin, seeks site for 2022 Farm Technology Days

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days has announced that Clark County has been selected to host Farm Technology Days (FTD) in 2022. Over the next three years there will be many opportunities to get involved to tell... more »


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