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Labor, food safety, transportation priorities for new MVC president

Joe Pirrone will be the next president of the Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC). He'll start his two-year term in 2015, replacing outgoing president Ralph Oomen.Pirrone, 59, is the former owner of Mike Pirrone Produce, a... more »

Association seeks to unite Colorado’s fruit, vegetable growers

A small but expanding group in Colorado is carefully nurturing a new association that brings together fruit and vegetable growers from all the key growing regions in the state.The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association... more »

South Texas onion producers to vote on marketing order

USDA has announced that south Texas onion producers will vote from Nov. 3-17 on whether to continue their federal marketing order. The marketing order requires that a continuance referendum be held every six years. To... more »

Farm Bill funds labor survey

USDA recently announced that, through authorizations of the 2014 Farm Bill, it would invest nearly $118 million dollars to support America's specialty crop producers.Following that announcement, Gov. Rick Snyder, along with Michigan Department of Agriculture... more »

USDA revises onion grade standards

USDA is revising three standards: the U.S. Standards for Grades of Creole Onions, U.S. Standards for Grades of Bermuda-Granex-Grano Type Onions, and U.S. Standards for Grades of Onions (other than Bermuda-Granex-Grano and Creole type).USDA's Agricultural... more »

Take steps to integrate safety, agritourism

Safety should be at the top of every agritourism operation's business plan, and there are resources available to identify areas of concern and ways to effectively address those issues.Marsha Salzwedel, agricultural youth safety specialist with... more »

Fresh-cut celery a success for Duda Farm Fresh Foods

With the nickname the "Celery King," it's not surprising that Duda Farm Fresh Foods entered the fresh-cut market in a big way.In 1997, the company – the world's largest grower and processor of celery –... more »

Members named to watermelon board

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed 13 members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. All of the appointees' terms will begin Jan. 1, 2015, and end Dec. 31, 2017.New members include: Katelyn Kelly... more »


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