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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 »

African farmers benefit from organic production

When Bill Yeager first encountered the Kenyan farmers that would be supplying his new organic produce company, he was met with a song that, translated from Swahili, said: "We welcome the foreigner who will bring... more »

Expert Recommends Drip Irrigation for Higher-Return Crops

Growers with higher-return crops should switch to drip irrigation, an irrigation expert advised. "There are so many advantages to using drip irrigation," said Ron Goldy, a Michigan State University (MSU) Southwest District vegetable agent. "If... more »

Santa Could Have Been a Farmer

Santa's ingenuity, integrity and contribution to society would suggest he might be a farmer in his off-months, or at the very least a reindeer rancher. Here are a few clues (from an unknown author) that... more »

Ontario Grower Brings Ingenuity to Brussels Sprouts

From the road, it's an idyllic setting. Rows of bright green Brussels sprouts stretch a full mile across this level field in Southwestern Ontario. The colors and coolness of fall surround them. In the distance,... more »

Ontario Grower Jumps into Growing Vegetables

Ontario vegetable grower Mike Pastir didn't fall into the farming game by accident. He jumped into it. And the 24-year-old enjoys where he landed, despite the many challenges. "Agriculture's gravy years are over," said Pastir,... more »

Biodegradable Mulch Films Aid in Sweet Corn Production

Many sweet corn growers are using clear plastic (polyethylene) mulch to warm the soil and to advance harvest maturity. The use of clear plastic mulch may also improve seed germination and increase plant stand under... 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 »

Innovations Improve Pepper Handling

Ed Hughs is determined to save chili peppers and cotton for New Mexico growers. Hughs is an agricultural engineer with Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory near Las Cruces. Heavily grown in... more »

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Vegetable Growers News (VGN) May/June 2024 cover image

WSU AI program helps address water scarcity

Platform10 initiative focuses on pest, disease research

Farm market report: Inflation, farm input costs shape farm market prices

Nature’s Reward battles disease, pests through mechanization, biologicals

Fresh Views: Pollinator habitats

Successful succession

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