Asparagus

Indoor vertical grower touts concept’s benefits

Emerging concepts that enable food producers to thrive in more sustainable ways continue to take shape.One of those approaches is known as vertical farming, and the operators of an indoor system being fine-tuned in a... more »

Specialty crops targeted in emerging Farm Bill

Representatives of specialty crops in Michigan have voiced support for the efforts of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, to push through a farm bill that has come out of her Senate committee.Stabenow visited May Farms... more »

Michigan asparagus takes hit from May frost

Early indications were that Michigan's asparagus crop would be impacted by a frost event that struck May 13.Ken Nye, executive director of the Michigan Agricultural Commodities Marketing Association's Asparagus Division, said there was “certainly quite... more »

Michigan asparagus growers support marketing effort

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced asparagus producers have voted to continue the Michigan Asparagus Industry Development Program.MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams said the program will continue for an additional five... more »

Michigan asparagus growers eye good price bump

Favorable market conditions are leading to a nickel-a-pound price hike from Michigan's asparagus handlers in 2013, a figure that industry leaders hope will spur more interest among growers and add more acres in order to... more »

Michigan asparagus growers get 2013 prices

Michigan asparagus growers will get 78 cents per pound (cash) from the state's asparagus handlers this year – 79.5 cents per pound with payment terms, according to Ken Nye, executive director of the Michigan Agricultural... more »

Vegetable council hands out awards during Great Lakes EXPO

The Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC) handed out two awards during the annual banquet of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO.Master Farmer AwardThe Master Farmer Award is given in recognition of outstanding farming... more »

New MVC president wants to tackle labor, public relations

Ralph Oomen is in line to become the next president of the Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC). Currently the vice president, he'll start his two-year term as president in 2013.Ralph's family has been farming in western... more »

Sweet corn, peaches pair well for Ohio grower

There aren't many young fruit and vegetable growers out there, and it worries Gordon Hahn. Hahn, 55, grows fruit, vegetable and grain crops in Huron, Ohio. His seed salesman tells him he's one of the... more »

Healthy living and buying local still driving seed trends

When it comes to vegetable seed trends, the story continues to be buying locally grown fruits and vegetables and knowing where your food comes from. Food trends expert Phil Lempert said that consumers have become... more »

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