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Wet season challenges growers in eastern US

Growers from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania are hoping for sun this summer after rainy days during 2018 led to trouble with plant disease and lower yields. It was an above-average year for precipitation from the Great... more »

UV light can kill fungi that causes powdery mildew

Growers may no longer have to rely on fungicides to control powdery mildew (PM) – a rampant fungal disease that affects nearly all plant species. The international, multidisciplinary Light and Plant Health team of researchers... more »

OFRF continues funding for plant breeding project

Development, testing, and release of resistant varieties is essential to controlling downy mildew and bacterial wilt, diseases that pose a significant and costly production challenge for organic farmers. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has provided... more »

Knouse Fruitlands is Pennsylvania Grower of the Year

At an old round barn not far from one the nation’s biggest historical sites, Brian Knouse balances the past with the future of the family farm. “I think this farm was one of the first... more »

School in New Jersey honored for fruit and vegetable program

New Jersey Department of Agriculture and USDA representatives today presented Juan Pablo Duarte – Jose Julian Marti School No. 28 with the Fourth Annual Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program VIP Award. The award program highlights... more »

Increase of $17.8M in sales seen in Taste NY program

Taste NY sales increased to a record $17.8 million in 2018, according to information provided by the office of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Total gross sales of New York products from Taste NY... more »

It’s time to pursue spring cover crops for vegetable rotations

One principle of managing soil for improved health is to always have a crop growing on the soil. This will maintain or add organic matter, provide benefits from the action of growing roots, and recycle... more »

Prepare for on-farm food safety success by making a plan

Early spring can provide a great opportunity to begin preparations for the growing season ahead. With seed ordering, equipment repair, production planning and everything else farms have to do to prepare for the upcoming growing season,... more »


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