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Ag safety grants offered by National Children’s Center

Proposals are now being accepted by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety for grants up to $20,000 to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and... more


Conditions entering season lead to stellar berry crop

Marvin Pritts, a horticulture professor and small fruit specialist at Cornell University, said a later winter combined with cooler weather in April produced a strawberry crop that is smaller than in years past, but that same cool weather set up the ... more


Vestaron appoints ag-tech veteran Anna Rath as CEO

Kalamazoo, Michigan-based Vestaron, a company that pursues efficacy and sustainability of crop protection through displacement of chemical pesticides with biologic peptides has named Anna Rath chief executive officer. With more than a decade of expe... more


Washington State researchers take aim at parasitic worm

So small it can’t be seen with the naked eye, a parasitic worm called the root-knot nematode causes mammoth problems for Northwest farmers. Potatoes, grapes and other crops could gain a new, nature-based way to fight back, thanks to Cynthia Glea... more


Mechanical Weed Control Field Day set for Sept. 26

The Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is the Midwest’s largest field day devoted to vegetable growers and mechanical weed control. Last year’s event was organized by Michigan State University and hosted at the school’s research farm in ... more


US-Mexico produce safety collaboration outlined in report

On June 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a progress report on the U.S. FDA – Mexico Produce Safety Partnership. The report shows how this collaboration is enhancing the safety of produce. This report, U.S. FDA – Mexico... more


Texas A&M plant innovation center to be led by Shan

Libo Shan has been appointed director of the Norman E. Borlaug Center Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology, or IPGB, at Texas A&M University in College Station. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="324"] Libo Shan[/caption] ... more


Margi Prueitt to retire from Center for Growing Talent in 2019

During the recent Center for Growing Talent (CGT) Board of Directors meeting in Seattle, Washington, CGT Executive Director and PMA Senior Vice President Margi Prueitt announced her retirement from the organization in February 2019. [caption id=""... more


Mike Stuart to retire from Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

Paul R. Orsenigo, chairman of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), said in a communication to FFVA members that long-time FFVA President Mike Stuart has notified the board of directors of his intent to retire. A national search is u... more


Women’s ag group honors Minnesota congressman with award

American Agri-Women (AAW) recently recognized Congressman Tom Emmer of Minnesota with the Presidential Leadership Award for his role in sponsoring the Stemming the Tide of Rural Economic Stress and Suicide bill, known as the Stress Act (H.R. 5259). ... more



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