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  • Management Strategies to Reduce Catfacing in Peaches

    For producers of peaches and other orchard-grown produce, managing the orchard floor can present challenges. Unwelcome vegetation on the orchard floor competes with trees for water and nutrients reducing tree growth and productivity, and can be a host for pathogens and insect pests. Utilizing best practices for irrigation and vegetation management in the orchard helps growers to optimize tree ...

  • UF/IFAS researcher to growers: Peaches can be profitable in three years

    Florida peach growers, some of whom are looking for an alternative to citrus as greening takes a toll on that crop, could see a small profit by their third year of operation, a UF researcher says. Greening, a disease first found in Florida in 2005, has led to $4 billion in lost revenue and industry-related jobs since 2006 for the $9 billion-a-year citrus industry. As some farmers turn to peaches, ...

  • Why nectarines are the next big thing

    Nectarines, the fuzzless peach, used to occupy a narrow slice of tender fruit offerings in Ontario. The fruit is starting to take away acreage from peaches, now accounting for 14 per cent of tender fruit volumes. And Vineland Research and Innovation Centre using a sensory evaluation panel can provide feedback on whether new varieties are hitting the mark.  ...

  • Farm Labor Shortage Vexes Farmers

    A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation shines a spotlight on the frustrations of the nation's farmers in finding workers to harvest their crops. While the video highlights peach production in Georgia, it also outlines the scope of the farm labor problem across the U.S. ...

  • Harry & David continues to deliver happiness to troops serving in Combat throughout the holiday

    With overwhelming success of the continued "Support Our Troops Moose Munch® Bar Drive," gourmet gifts retailer Harry & David will once again deliver its famed Moose Munch Bars to soldiers serving in combat. On December 7th Representatives Richard Lowe, Soldiers Angels Board Member, will be in the NY Holiday Orchard Store on Fifth Ave. and Brett Barn, son of the founder of Soldiers Angels, ...

  • EPA Takes Six Years to Phase out Toxic Pesticide AZM

    SEATTLE, Washington, November 20, 2006 (ENS) - Over the next six years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, says it will phase out the use of the pesticide AZM, an organophosphate insecticide that poisons farmworkers and injures their children. The chemical substance is azinphos-methyl, AZM, also known as guthion - a neurotoxic organophosphate insecticide. Exposure to ...

  • €28 million package for Baltic Milk Producers

    The European Commission yesterday confirmed its intention to adopt a €28m support package for milk producers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This new package will be the latest in a series adopted by the European Commission in response to the Russian ban on the importation of certain EU agricultural products. The ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Pennsylvania farmer wins all he can mow for a year

    Bradley Swinsinski went to the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) in February with a mind to check out some new mower conditioners, but he certainly never thought he’d leave Louisville having won the use of one. By completing the VERMEER EXPERIENCE at the Vermeer Corporation booth, the 24-year-old farmer from Bernville, Pa., was entered into a drawing for the use of a new Vermeer MC3700 ...


    By Vermeer

  • From tequila to the `tree of life`, bats are nature`s invaluable allies

    Were you aware that bats are key pollinators in many parts of the world? Pollination is a vital ecosystem service without which many of our key industries such as agriculture and pharmaceuticals would collapse or incur heavy costs for artificial substitution. TEEB has found that in some estimates, over 75% of the worlds crop plants, as well as many plants that are source species for ...

  • Lead Found in Brand Name Packaged Fruits & Juices

    LA Testing provides lead testing solutions to the general public and food processors to ensure products are free of dangerous levels of lead. Los Alamitos, CA, July 8th, 2010 Last month the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), a California non-profit organization, reported that a number of packaged fruits and juices they tested reported high levels of lead.  ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EPA approves two insecticides for control of invasive stink bug

    On June 24, 2011 EPA approved, for emergency use, the insecticide dinotefuran (trade names Venom and Scorpion) on tree fruit to help manage populations of the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive insect that has caused extensive yield losses in tree fruit production in the mid-Atlantic region. The approval, known as an emergency exemption, applies to Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, ...

  • California’s Prop 65 and Iprodione Public Health Concerns

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Pip, pip hooray, it’s National Cherry Day!

    Saturday 17 July is National Cherry Day and there’s something to celebrate as British cherry orchards begin to grow again. During the 20th century Britain lost 90 per cent of our cherry orchards. But between 2003 and 2008 they increased by 17 per cent. However, despite the good news, the UK still imports around 95 per cent of our cherries. Food and Farming ...

  • Specialty Crops Focus of Feb. 7 Conference

    A conference for fruit and vegetable growers is set for Feb. 7 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road in Loveland. The Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference offers “a little something for everyone,” said Greg Meyer, Ohio State University Extension educator in Warren County and event organizer. The ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Does Your Produce Contain High Levels of Pesticides?

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its 2012 “Dirty Dozen” list, which records the fruits and vegetables that the non-profit has found to be the most contaminated with pesticides. The EWG’s intention by publishing the list is informing consumers who may want to choose organic options when purchasing the produce that are more likely to be contaminated when ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • How to Keep Specialty Crops Safe from Herbicide Drift

    Ohio’s corn and soybean growers could soon be spraying a lot more of two powerful herbicides on their fields. That’s why agricultural experts from The Ohio State University are offering tips on how to keep those herbicides from getting onto other crops, especially valuable specialty crops such as grapes. Doug ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Honest tea commits to fair trade certified tea for all bottled teas

    Honest Tea, the nation's top-selling organic bottled tea company, announced that it will be expanding its Fair Trade Certified™ offerings to include the entire tea portfolio. In conjunction with this announcement, the company is also publishing its first annual mission report. In 2003, Honest Tea ...

  • Honest tea commits to fair trade certified tea for all bottled teas and releases first annual mission report

    Honest Tea, the nation's top-selling organic bottled tea company, announced that it will be expanding its Fair Trade Certified™ offerings to include the entire tea portfolio. In conjunction with this announcement, the company is also publishing its first annual mission report. In 2003, Honest Tea ...

  • 12 Ways to Make Christmas Special by Volunteering

    December 15, 2010 - As families from Baton Rouge to the Bay Area make their holiday plans, VolunteerMatch reminds Americans that making a difference in the lives of others is the best way to have a meaningful Christmas. And with more than 75,000 participating charities, VolunteerMatch is the most popular place to sign up for a volunteer opportunity. Getting started is easy. Just ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Semios Receives Canadian Regulatory Approval for Aerosol Pheromones in Agriculture

    Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given approval by Health Canada, Pest Management Regulatory Authority for their Semios OFM Plus pheromone product that disrupts the mating of oriental fruit moth. “We have already had great success rates with this product in the US and Europe, so we are especially pleased to have the ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

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