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Imports to Equal Exports for 2005

U.S. agricultural exports are expected to balance imports in 2005 – the first time the value of U.S. exports won't exceed imports since the 1950s. That prediction comes from a USDA quarterly forecast that sets... 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 »

Go-Getter Family Builds Vibrant Market

For Bill and Michelle Bakan of Maize Valley Farm Market in Hartville, Ohio, just being big farmers wasn't going to save the farm. They needed to sell something that made more money than corn and... more »

Company Says It Will Not Turn to Biotech

When Monsanto announced Jan. 24 that it would buy Seminis, the first question on everyone's mind was, "What kind of biotech vegetables can we look for and when?" Monsanto Co., its name synonymous with biotechnology... more »

Boston Trip Provides Insight to Industry Diversification

So how come nobody told me Boston was the coolest city ever? History, scenery, shopping, entertainment, eye candy – it's all there. Last month, I spent hours walking around downtown and saw only a fraction... more »

Few Gripes Come From Fruit, Vegetable Producers

President George W. Bush's proposed 2006 budget for U.S. Department of Agriculture operations brought protests from many farm groups, but little criticism from the fruit and vegetable industries. President Bush proposed a 5 percent, or... more »

Washington State on Drought Watch

The irrigation outlook for Washington state this year is bad – one of the worst ever. Unless there are massive rainstorms during the spring and summer, there's not going to be enough water. Authorities are... 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 »

Asparagus Growers Prepare for Processing Plant Loss

What's the state of asparagus in the state of Washington? It's hard to pin down, but change is in the air. Washington's asparagus industry is in a state of flux, with long-term implications for its... more »

Search for Taste Leads to Rediscovering Old Tomato Varieties

Heirloom tomatoes aren't just "the old kind" like your folks grew in the garden when you were really young. They may be old, but many are unfamiliar to you or anybody you know. They could... more »

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