Wisconsin Supports Local Food

Wisconsin’s newly passed state budget includes more than $600,000 over two years for the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program, to be coordinated by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The program will provide financial and technical assistance for farmers, communities, nonprofits and businesses to develop and expand local food markets. There is an increasing consumer demand for high quality, locally produced foods, and it’s DATCP’s goal to shift 10 percent of Wisconsin’s $20 billion annual food expenditures to regionally produced food.

Johnson Farms’ Recycling Efforts Recognized

Johnson Farms, a 2,000-acre nursery and sod farm in Deerfield, N.J., has received the Annual Recycling Leadership award from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The award is for the farms efforts to recycle plastic film, nursery pots and netting. Since last year, the farm has sold more than 125 tons of agricultural plastics to recycling markets. Five generations of Johnsons have farmed the Garden State, starting with dairy and potato and vegetable production in 1910 and evolving over the years to the production of nursery and sod products.  Johnson Farms is the first farm to receive the recycling award.

Changes in Ingersoll Distributor Network

Ingersoll  Tractor Company is pleased to announce the following changes to its distributor network.  O’Neill Associates of Victor, N.Y., will expand their territory to include Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Rottman Sales of Moline, Mich., will expand their territory to include Indiana.

Siegers Conducting Radish Trials

Siegers Seed Company  conducts trials on all seeds before they are released to growers and they currently have the Vilmorin AGORA and RICARDO hybrid radish in trials. The company is aiming for large-diameter radish varieties that are less likely to split, pith or bleed.  

Sundia to Pay Growers for Product Brand

Sundia Corporation has decided that it will begin paying members of its grower and shipper network to brand their products Sundia. Starting with watermelons and pumpkins in 2008, the company will pay rebates for loads that branded Sundia. Other benefits include discounts on labels, pallets, stickers, bins and shipping. Free Web site development and customer service are also provided for network members.


In the November 2007 Growing article “A Fruit in Search of Growers”, the New York Farm Viability Institute phone number was incorrect. The correct phone number is 315-453-3823. We apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused.

IA Honors Eckstein and Hamisch

The Irrigation Association has awarded the IA Industry Achievement Award to two men who have shown dedication and leadership in the irrigation industry.

Gershon Eckstein of Drip Irrigation Systems is credited with numerous irrigation patents, including a patent for a method of manufacturing pipes with the integrated dripper units. Fred Hamisch,  president of Hydratech, is  founding member of the Irrigation Dealers Association of California and drove the effort to expand the organization’s reach as it became the California Agricultural Irrigation Association. Among other things, Hamisch has been involved in the design and installation of irrigation systems in the Middle East, Mexico, South America and Asia.

New Holland Supports Use of Biodiesel

New Holland has announced its support for the use of B100 biodiesel in all equipment with New Holland-manufactured diesel engines, including electronic injection engines with common rail technology. Nearly 80-percent of New Holland-branded products with diesel engines are now available to operate with B100 biodiesel that is produced to ASTM D6751 standards. Details of the models that can run on B100, as well as requirements and recommendations to do so safely, are available from New Holland dealers or on the company’s Web site at www.newholland.com/na.