Extension

Survey seeks grower responses on SWD

A new survey is seeking responses from growers regarding spotted wing drosophila (SWD) management. The survey is part of the "Sustainable Spotted Wind Dosophila Management for U.S. Fruit Crops" project, funded by the USDA National... more »

MSU Extension names Dwyer director

Jeff Dwyer has been named director of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, effective immediately. Dwyer has been interim director since Jan.... more »

Obituary: Former MSU president Gordon Guyer

Gordon Guyer, Michigan State University’s 18th president, died on March 30 at age 89. He was born in Kalamazoo May 30, 1926. Gordon Guyer, Michigan State University’s 18th president, died on... more »

Penn State Extension educator to assist in FSMA compliance

In a move that increases its capacity to teach Pennsylvania agricultural producers how to comply with new federal food-safety demands, Penn State Extension recently hired an experienced educator in the field. With 29 years of... more »

Strategizing for potential sources of labor

Growers in Michigan should review their current methods for attracting and retaining workers and be flexible to try new methods and strategies to attract workers to the farm. Farms are competing with local manufacturers, construction,... more »

Field practices can protect water from herbicides

As farmers begin to prepare their fields for this growing season, they need to make the necessary steps to ensure that herbicides stay out of surface and groundwater. The following field practices recommended by Michigan... more »

Local food driving formation of cooperatives in Ohio

The cooperative model is an old one in agriculture. Its popularity waxes and wanes, but the local-food movement is putting it on the upswing – at least around Ohio. That was the assessment of Hannah... more »

Crafting the right insurance coverage for farm property

As a farmer you are well acquainted with risk and the many forms it can take to impact your operation. An important risk mitigation tool that farmers can use is insurance on farm property. Insurance... more »

MAFVC engages Spanish-speaking farm workers, farmers

Since 2009, Penn State Extension has hosted a full-day session at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention (MAFVC), taught completely in Spanish. The MAFVC was held Feb. 2-4 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. ... more »

MSU Extension releases butternut squash cereal rye cover crop trial results

A Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development funded a one-year cover cropping trial in butternut squash. The trial was planted at the Forgotten Harvest Ore Creek Farm (9153 Major... more »

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