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8/30/2014 - USDA Reopens Chinese Market Access for California Citrus

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that California citrus farmers will be able to resume exports to China this season. California citrus exports are valued at $30 million annually. "Resuming trade before the start of the 2014 citrus shipping season is the result of a lot of effort by a number of USDA employees, who worked very closely with their foreign counterparts to resolve China's...


8/29/2014 - FDA Deputy Commissioner Taylor to Speak at The Washington Conference

Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will present the keynote address Wednesday, September 10, at the Breakfast General Session of The Washington Conference. Taylor will provide an update on the FDA's rulemaking for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FDA has proposed several rules under FSMA that could have a significant...


8/28/2014 - Rimol Greenhouse Systems Celebrates 20th Year

Rimol Greenhouse Systems celebrated its 20th anniversary in August as it recognized two decades of business in the greenhouse industry. Since 1994, Rimol Greenhouse Systems has provided growers across the United States with economical greenhouse solutions built to withstand the harshest of climates. Strictly a greenhouse parts distributor between 1994 and 1999, company owner and founder Bob...


8/27/2014 - Northwestern Michigan Fruit Crops Look Good

Sixty-degree days in mid-August don't bruise local farmers' spirits in northwest Michigan. "It was nice and cool, which for those of us that like the beach is not great, but everyone else is really excited," said Nikki Rothwell, coordinator of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center. Traverse City temperatures hovered two degrees above normal in June, but dipped to three...


8/26/2014 - CLA Identifies Areas for EPA to Enhance Effectiveness of Current Worker Protection Standard

CropLife America (CLA) called for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase farmworker safety through improved pesticide application training and withdraw its proposed sweeping revisions to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). First implemented in 1992, the existing WPS has proven successful in protecting farmworker health and safety. The EPA published proposed revisions to the rule...


Dramm Introduces Brass Hose Swivel - Hand-watering can be a time-consuming job. However, there is no substitute for growin...

8/25/2014 - Dramm Introduces Brass Hose Swivel

Hand-watering can be a time-consuming job. However, there is no substitute for growing professionals when it comes to watering quality combined with the ability to walk the crop. Unfortunately, hoses twist, causing unwanted delays and hassles. Dramm is pleased to introduce the new Brass Hose Swivel. The Brass Hose Swivel is a live swivel. This means it swivels while under pressure, allowing...


8/24/2014 - Toro Releases Guide for Using Microsprinklers for Integrated Pest Management

Toro announced the release of its latest guide, Micro-Sprinklers for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The guide describes the microsprinkler system and its benefits and provides basic design and installation information. Microsprinklers have been used to provide climate control and irrigate fruit, nut and cover crops for many years. Now, microsprinklers may be used for IPM purposes to wash dust...


8/23/2014 - Weed Science Society of America Updates Popular Herbicide Handbook

The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) announced the availability of the 10th edition of its popular Herbicide Handbook, a trusted resource used by educators, researchers, growers, extension agents, government officials, students and others interested in weed management. First published more than three decades ago, the handbook offers comprehensive information on the more than 230 herbicides...


8/22/2014 - Lamm Named Recipient of 2014 Netafim Award for Advancement in Microirrigation

In recognition of more than a quarter-century spent on the development and adaptation of subsurface drip irrigation through field research, education and support of the microirrigation community of scientists, Freddie R. Lamm, P.E., has been named as the recipient of the first Netafim Award for Advancement in Microirrigation. The award, presented by the American Society of Agricultural and...


8/22/2014 - New EPA Website on Soil Fumigants

As part of the Environmental Protection Agency's effort to build a more user-friendly website, it has compiled all of its information on soil fumigants into a microsite so that visitors can find the information they need more quickly and easily. The Soil Fumigant Toolbox contains material on training, fumigant management plans, buffer zones and other safety measures for the protection of agricultural...


8/21/2014 - Hydroponic Greenhouse Tomato Intensive

The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) will present the fifth annual Hydroponic Greenhouse Tomato Intensive. The course will be held January 4-9, 2015, at the CEAC in Tucson, Arizona. The instructor of the course is hydroponic tomato expert Dr. Patricia Rorabaugh. The course features hands-on training in hydroponic crop production, focusing on tomatoes in the...


8/20/2014 - Another State Joins DriftWatch

FieldWatch, Inc., the nonprofit company created to develop and expand use of the DriftWatch Specialty Crop Site Registry, is pleased to announce that New Mexico has been added as a member state and is now on the DriftWatch map. This brings the total number of states utilizing DriftWatch to 12, along with one Canadian province, Saskatchewan. The other states using DriftWatch are Colorado, Delaware,...


8/19/2014 - Cranberry Industry Gets Creative to Drive Up Demand

Ads in 60 restaurants across the Midwest and billboards in western Wisconsin show the VanWychen family of Wetherby Cranberry Co. sporting hip boots with iconic Ronald McDonald in their cranberry marsh near Warrens. McDonald's contacted the VanWychens after learning about their public harvest days and wanted to take photos to promote the use of sweetened and dried cranberries in its breakfast oatmeal....


8/18/2014 - FarmTek Announces Fall CEA School

FarmTek will host a three-day workshop discussing techniques in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). The CEA School will be held from October 22 to October 24, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST at FarmTek's Technology Center East in South Windsor, Connecticut, and will teach attendees how to maximize business and production potential by utilizing proven CEA techniques. Discover new tips and...


8/18/2014 - California Almond Growers Continue to Expand Their Acreage

Since July 1 of last year, California growers have added an estimated 48,000 acres of new almond orchards to the state's production base. Nonpareil accounted for nearly 39 percent of the almond trees growers bought during that time. Those are two of the findings of the special California Almond Nursery Sales Survey, conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Questionnaires...


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