Michigan Is Short on Hands for Its Harvests

In June, asparagus is king in Oceana County along Lake Michigan. Detroit Free Press more »

Government Comes to Aid of Asparagus Growers

Struggling farmers in West Michigan will receive a "shot in the arm" from the federal government's decision to buy 3 million pounds of asparagus this spring. Muskegon Chronicle more »

Labor Shortage Disrupting Michigan Asparagus Harvest

The shortage of farm workers growers have been fearing showed up on Michigan asparagus farms this spring. “There's a major problem out there,” Tom Greiner said. “There is asparagus being mowed down because there is... more »

FDA Releases Final Rule on Nutrition Labeling

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, perhaps we should eat a bigger apple. That seems to be a conclusion American consumers have reached. One of the most noticeable changes in the Food... more »

Extension Adapts to New Challenges

This is the first story in a series about the future of Extension. What does Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) mean to Michigan's fruit and vegetable industries? It depends upon who you ask. To Donald... more »

Globalization Hits Michigan’s Asparagus Industry

The challenge seemed reasonable and clear. Without unity in the asparagus industry, it won't survive long. said Ron Armstrong, sales president of Honee Bear Canning in Lawton, Mich. On that point, there was – and... more »

Life’s Simple Pleasures Get Harder to Derive

Writing about fruit and vegetables is, for me, made doubly satisfying because I try to practice some of what I preach. I have a large garden and a small collection of fruit trees, and I... more »

Regions Work More Closely Together to Sell Crop

The threat of offshore fresh asparagus imports is bringing North American asparagus growers closer together. There are tentative plans to cooperate on research and even marketing, according to representatives of Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board, the... more »

Peruvian Asparagus Will Stay Duty-Free

Peruvian asparagus will have duty-free access to the United States until June 30 – and possibly longer. In December, Congress voted to extend the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) another six months. The extension was... more »

Washington State on Drought Watch

The irrigation outlook for Washington state this year is bad – one of the worst ever. Unless there are massive rainstorms during the spring and summer, there's not going to be enough water. Authorities are... more »

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