Equipment

LGMA hand washing app now available for Android

The California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement's (LGMA) hand washing app is now available for download on Android phones. The Hand Washing Training App is the first mobile app for teaching farm workers how to... more »

Meeting your food safety needs one bin at a time

The Food Safety Modernization Act is changing they way growers view food safety. Improvements are being made to packing lines and sanitation. Wood bins are being recycled and plastic alternatives are being purchased. RFID tags... more »

USDA announces $5.2M for nanotechnology research

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities will research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels,... more »

Ag engineer Dale Marshall played key role in developing harvest equipment

He’s worked on equipment that has fed farm animals, harvested vegetables, swept citrus off the ground and aided in poultry processing – and that’s only a partial list. Through all those projects during his career... more »

John Deere unveils 2016 Gator XUV 825i Special Edition

John Deere is offering a new special edition Gator utility vehicle geared towards crop and livestock producers who work long days and nights, and require additional storage to keep their tools organized and easily accessible.... more »

Michigan Farmers Union members meet with lawmakers

Michigan Farmers Union (MFU) members and more than 270 fellow farmers, ranchers and fishermen from across the country met in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16-18 for the National Farmers Union annual Fall Legislative Fly-In.“Meeting with our... more »

USDA NASS begins gathering food safety data about vegetable operations nationwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is now surveying produce packers and other post-harvest businesses to help fruit and vegetables operations as they prepare to implement new federal food safety requirements.The... more »

Crop mix keeps customers coming back for more

When the Erbs talk about the diversity of their crops, they're not exaggerating. They grow 74 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, 54 varieties of peaches and nectarines and more than 100 varieties of pumpkins, for example,... more »

Robotics drive crop, harvest mechanization

In recent years, there has been an increase in the agriculture industry's level of interest in the development and deployment of driverless tractors, aerial surveying of farmlands, data collection, field management and other technology-based systems.The... more »

Payment card change shifts fraud liability onto merchants

There's a change coming Oct. 1 that will affect merchants who accept credit card payments – including farm markets and agritourism operations.The deadline marks a shift by the U.S. payment-card industry to EMV (Europay, MasterCard... more »


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