Midwest

Illinois research park to get agtech greenhouse

Representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation broke ground Oct. 23 on a new, state-of-the-art greenhouse in the Research Park. The planned greenhouse will support a research project, “Realizing Increased Photosynthetic... more »

$1.92M given for farm and ranch stress assistance

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Oct. 22 rolled out $1.92 million in four competitive grants supporting projects to provide stress assistance programs to support people... more »

Michigan farms report large thefts of apples, pumpkins

It's tough running an orchard in Michigan during the busy autumn season. Especially when someone steals your apple or pumpkin crop. "You think of an apple as just an apple, but it's literally a dollar... more »

Purdue scientist sending tomatoes into space

Any trip to Mars, likely to take a year or longer, will require astronauts to grow at least some of their own food along the way since it can cost $10,000 to send a pound of anything... more »

Ohio group launches Heartland FarmLink service for farms

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has launched Heartland FarmLink, a new land linking service for farm seekers and farm owners. HeartlandFarmLink.org is a free online profile listing service where beginning farmers and... more »

Vive Crop Protection adds Mark Varner

Toronto, Canada-based Vive Crop Protection is pleased to announce that Mark Varner of Davison MI has joined the team as key account manager. Varner will be working with distributor head office and regional distributor account... more »

Jerry Mills: Confidence lacking in pumpkin crop after wet spring

No fire blight! This is the first year ever that there are no signs of fire blight anywhere in our orchards. Last year it was so bad that many trees went unpruned. I was prepared... more »

Dealing with freeze damage in fall vegetables

Vegetable crops planted for fall harvest can be susceptible to early overnight cold snaps, and delayed summer plantings may not fully mature before cold temperatures put the brakes on growth. Preventative actions can be taken,... more »


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