Northeast

Excess water raises disease issues in vegetables

The National Weather Service stated that “2018 was the wettest year on record in Pennsylvania.” This past 2019 summer was looking like another wet year, but the rains shut off mid-summer. Excess water can be... more »

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 »

Farmers pursue innovative marketing in New Jersey during pandemic

New Jersey farmers are among the most innovative and most productive farmers in the nation. Farming in the country’s most densely populated state in the U.S. comes with many challenges. It also comes with marketing... more »

Effective leadership program in New York includes ag reps

The Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute (LEAD) New York Program is pleased to share the roster of our Class 18 Fellows (below). “Our current situation has made one thing abundantly clear: Effective leadership... more »

Webinar on May 7 by Penn State focuses on H-2A visa program issues

Penn State Extension will present a townhall-style web-based seminar May 7 to assist Pennsylvania agricultural stakeholders who rely on the H-2A visa program for temporary workers to operate their businesses. The session, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will cover COVID-19... more »

Penn State Facebook page for Latinx agriculturalists made available

Penn State Extension is connecting with Latinx agriculturists in essential food businesses to provide timely outreach and science-based education on farm production, food safety and workplace risk management. Spring is a critical season for Penn... more »

Produce retailers, wholesalers market Virginia Grown product

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has partnered with produce retailers and wholesalers to market Virginia Grown produce in local stores. To satisfy product demand and to assist any possible market disruptions,... more »

Cornell’s new online Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training set

Food safety is critically important throughout the supply chain, but it begins with the grower. Farms have many microbial risks, and in order to protect the fruits and vegetables grown and packaged on a farm,... more »


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