Orzolek stepping down from Penn State duties

After more than three decades as a professor of vegetable crops at Pennsylvania State University, Mike Orzolek has retired.Not that he'll stop completely. Orzolek will still do some fieldwork, and will continue to interact with... more »

Bell peppers can grow better in the shade

As the seasons turn, commercial bell pepper growers in the Southeast share a common foe: the sun.Brutal summer temperatures often make growing anything impossible, and peppers can be susceptible to a host of diseases and... more »

Washington asparagus yields lower than expected because of labor shortage

A cool spring helped Tri-City farmers grow quality asparagus, but farmers said yields were lower than anticipated, partly because of a struggle to find enough workers.Bryan Lynch, co-owner of LF Farms north of Pasco, said... more »

Florida Tomato Exchange says no more Mexican ‘maters

The Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE), based in Maitland, Fla., has officially asked the government of the United States to sever the tomato suspension agreement with Mexico based on what Reggie Brown, FTE manager, said are... more »

Greenhouse growers’ group calls for national standards

Certified Greenhouse Farmers is calling for a standard, enforceable definition of what constitutes a “greenhouse.”Formerly known as the North American Greenhouse Hothouse Vegetables Association, Certified Greenhouse Farmers says rising demand for greenhouse-grown produce makes now... more »

Asparagus labor shortage has cherry growers worried

Washington asparagus growers see a labor shortage that has cost them portions of their crops — and portends a worrisome cherry harvest.As Washington's asparagus season draws to a close, growers have much to feel good... more »

Bayer Cropscience acquires Abbott & Cobb watermelon and melon seeds

Bayer CropScience announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the watermelon and melon seed business of Abbott & Cobb Inc., a privately-held seed company headquartered in Feasterville, Pennsylvania, USA. The acquisition will... more »

Grants give farms kick-start to expand with value-added products

USDA has awarded $40.2 million in value-added producer grants to 298 recipients in 44 states and Puerto Rico for 2012.According to USDA, the grant program is a tool for independent fruit and vegetable producers, among... more »

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