Camels an Exotic Addition to Market

It's called Lewis' Farm Market & Petting Farm for a reason: The retail market is the first priority. The petting farm is an attraction. "We're a farm market with a petting farm, not a petting... more »

Vegetable Seeds Have to Stand Out From the Crowd

If there's an industry trend seed companies can agree on, it's that vegetable growers are looking for something different, something that makes their products stand out from the crowd. Reed's Seeds, based in Cortland, N.Y.,... more »

Pike Place Market Celebrates a Century in Seattle

Pike Place Market turned 100 this year. I didn't know that when I was planning our honeymoon, but it turned out to be a convenient coincidence. It gave me an excuse to write this column.... more »

Outlook Mixed for Supply of Workers

The shortage of farm workers growers had been fearing had not shown up by Memorial Day. And with Congress hotly debating new immigration policy that might take the pressure off the thousands of undocumented seasonal... more »

Time to Lobby for Immigration Reform Legislation

Well, it finally happened – the long awaited legislation to reform immigration and tighten U.S. borders finally came to Congress for debate. The AgJOBS provisions many farm groups wanted is in the package, along with... more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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