Asparagus

California Growers Look Immigration Reform Effects

California's Imperial Valley grew, in about 100 years, from a barren desert to the winter salad bowl of America after farmers found the Colorado River could be diverted to supply irrigation water. Now, nearly 125,000... more »

Pennsylvania Leads Nation in Rescuing Farmland

It wasn't Jane Gordon Fletcher's fault she got rich. Over the years since her birth in 1901, the value of the family farm near Malvern, Penn., just kept rising as people pressure from Philadelphia, 24... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Growers Face Farm Labor Shortage

Michigan takes steps to attract farm workers for apple, asparagus harvests. South Bend Tribune more »

Farmers Seek to Sell Skinnier Asparagus

Washington asparagus growers used to scoff at the thin, scrawny asparagus that South American growers would pack and ship to U.S. groceries and restaurants. Tri-City Herald more »

Asparagus Growers Threaten to Help Sink Andean Trade Agreement

By Dick Lehnert, Assistant Editor "It is our goal to sink the Andean Free Trade Agreement,” said Alan Schreiber, administrator of the Washington Asparagus Commission. “We are not at all convinced it is a done... more »

Michigan industry looks at 59-cent asparagus price

By Dick Lehnert, Assistant Editor Honee Bear Canning Co., Lawton, Mich., announced March 10 that it will sign contracts to buy Michigan asparagus for 59 cents a pound (on a delayed price basis) or 57... more »

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