USDA helps military veterans learn farm skills

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has a new grant opportunity to help military veterans pursue farming and ranching careers. Funding is made through NIFA’s Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Co... more

Michigan counties designated natural crop disaster areas

USDA has designated 26 counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by multiple disasters that occurred during the 2017 crop year. Designation Number 1:  USDA has designated the following 16 counties in Mi... more

USDA gives $10 million to help Caribbean area farmers

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing $10.9 million in technical and financial assistance to help farmers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands repair damage and rebuild following hurricanes Irma and María. This investment... more

Vegetable exports from the U.S. total $4.1 billion

U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2017, climbed nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year, reaching a total $140.5 billion, the third-highest level on record. As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again ... more

Wayne Hawkins, Florida fruit and vegetable leader, dies

Mr. Carrol Wayne Hawkins, age 85, husband of Carole Joan “Flea” Hawkins, and a resident of Seminole County, passed away Nov. 19, 2017, in Lake Mary, Florida. Respecting Wayne’s wish of not wanting a funeral, a celebration of his life and visita... more

Effect of phosphorus rates on tomato in calcareous soil

Phosphorus (P) has a significant role in root growth, fruit and seed development, and plant disease resistance. Currently, no P fertilizer recommendations are available for vegetables grown on calcareous soils in Florida. The objective of this stu... more

California sets rules on pesticides near schools, day cares

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has adopted new rules to further protect young students from pesticide exposure. The rules, which take effect on January 1, 2018, regulate the use of agricultural pesticides near schools and lic... more

Restricted Use Pesticide workshop set in Michigan

A Restricted Use Pesticide Workshop for private and commercial applicators will be held Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Berrien County MSU Extension office, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, Michigan. Registration, along with refreshments begin at 8:3... more


USDA to support pesticide needs, methyl bromide cuts

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make funding available to research new, environmentally-friendly pesticides, and innovative tools and strategies to replace methyl bromide, an older treatment for pests. Methyl Bromide ... more

BrightFarms VP heads up 15 greenhouses’ construction

[caption id="attachment_13342" align="alignright" width="225"] Erk Lallum[/caption] BrightFarms has hired Erik Lallum as vice president of design, construction and facilities. Lallum will be responsible for leading all greenhouse development, i... more

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