Contributing Editor Looks To Plow Fields — With A Pencil

I worked at a tool and equipment rental company for four summers during college and grad school. I could tell customers how to sand their floors, lay concrete or hydro seed a lawn, but I... more »

Wappel Farms Thrives on Mint

Mint farming is a tricky business that involves specialized equipment, efforts to thwart soil disease and the constant threat of imports decreasing demand for American-grown mint, but Larry Wappel of San Pierre, Ind., has mastered... more »

Oklahoma Farm Shows Kids How Things Grow

Search the Internet with the phrase "starting a farm" and you'll be given 37 million pieces of advice. Weeding out the good advice from the bad and the practical from the impossible seems as though... more »

Labor Contractor Accuses Grower Of Hiring Illegals

A farm-labor contractor is suing a grower in California for breach of contract. Though it sounds fairly straightforward, the case could be the opening of a new front in the ongoing war over illegal immigration.... more »

Little Farmer Learns To Survive In Big World

In many ways, Matt Roloff is your average farmer. He's 44. He owns Roloff Farms, a u-pick peach and pumpkin farm near Portland, Ore. He has a wife, Amy, and four kids: Jeremy, Zach, Molly... more »

Growers, Customers Cautious As Spinach Returns To Stores

Spinach growers, processors and industry groups are working to restore public trust and get their product back on store shelves. The source of an outbreak was narrowed to three California counties Sept. 21, but growers... more »

New York Grower Harvests 1,300 Acres of Sweet Corn Annually

If you'd like to eat fresh sweet corn on the cob every week of the year, you'll want to know the Gill family from Hurley, N.Y. They can fix you up. Not only do the... more »

Custom Harvester Aids Carrot Farmer

Glenn Vogel's carrot harvester is the only one of its kind. On a good field with plenty of trucks, it can cover 18 to 20 acres per day, pumping out a 22-ton load of carrots... more »

Penn State Taps Into School Pride With Blue and White Potato Chips

For years, William Lamont, vegetable crops professor at Penn State University (PSU), visualized a line of potato chips sporting the university's colors. Utz Quality Foods in Hanover, Pa., has wanted to partner with Penn State... more »

Funding Cutbacks Force North Carolina Extension To Be Creative

This is the third story in a series about the future of Extension. Mary Helen Ferguson just got a job as a county agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension. It's the first step in her... more »

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