Crop Protection

Kentucky Grower Builds a Retail Destination

Back before Jimmy Dean came to mean sausage, the country singer crooned a tune that contained the line, "that spells Kentucky, but it means paradise." Bill Gallrein Jr. knows what he had in mind. You... more »

Federal Programs Are Worth Billions to Specialty Crops

We've been hearing a lot about specialty crops lately, thanks in large part to the 2007 Farm Bill. In anticipation of the new bill, specialty crop representatives have been making their case to lawmakers in... more »

Final Report Issued in Bagged Spinach Incident

In a display of detective skills worthy of Sherlock Holmes, state and federal investigators hunted down the bacteria that caused 205 people in 26 states to become ill and three to die last September after... more »

Fruit, Vegetable Industries Have Fresh Reason for Hope

Trade show season always is exciting because you get the entire industry together to talk about the past growing season and the possibilities of the future. One of the most upbeat trade shows I've attended... more »

Asparagus Expert: Disease Resistance Needed

Asparagus growers in Michigan aren't the only ones who face challenges. New Zealand growers deal with many of the same issues, including competition, disease, funding and privatization. Michigan growers got an international asparagus perspective from... more »

Pumpkin Man Transformation Didn’t Happen Overnight

"I'm a great believer that you will advertise or the bankruptcy court will advertise for you," Gene Rhodes said. "You have to be in front of the people continuously or they're going to forget about... more »

Farm’s Switch To Vegetables Changes 250-year Tradition

The national bicentennial farm has been in the family since 1756. Until the 1980s, it primarily produced tobacco, soybeans and corn. At that time, the Holden brothers diversified from tobacco and planted an initial three-acre... more »

Bills Could Have Profound Effects

There are dozens of bills in the U.S. Congress that address immigration reform in one way or another, but only one that deals specifically with agriculture. The Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act of... more »

California Sues Makers of Potato Chips, Fries Over Acrylamide

When Congress got rid of the controversial Delaney Clause by passing the Food Quality Protection Act in 1996, most Americans got rid of a problem. But California has a Delaney-like law, and Californians continue to... more »

Growing GIANT Pumpkins

It must have been a big year for big pumpkins. Last fall, Jim Beauchemin, from Goffstown, N.H., had the largest pumpkin at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts. The entry, delivered by cargo net and forklift,... more »

Current Issue

City operation balances social distancing, customer access

Growers eye regionally adapted seeds

Expert cites anti-disease properties of peptides for use in specialty crops

BioConsortia bids to make a mark on industry

Succotash session set for 2021 Great Lakes EXPO

Farm Market column: Why did the customers stop coming to market?

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: Farm community can help lead to better times

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