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MISHAWAKA —  We’re getting closer to fall harvest, and this year Indiana farmers could make more money than ever. It’s all because of supply and demand. Supplies are low because of flooding and droughts nationwide, while worldwide demand has gone up. But yields locally are looking good. Mike Schalliol farms about 200 acres in St. Joseph County. Right now, [...]

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BRATTLEBORO — Farmers across Vermont continue to clean out and inspect their barns, equipment, milking parlors and fields after Tropical Storm Irene slammed large portions of the state on Sunday. The heavy rains and high winds have left many in the agricultural industry with limited options moving forward, leading to an increased pressure from Vermont [...]

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Post image for Volunteers band together to help with storm recovery

Dia Davis arrived at Burlington’s Intervale at 7 a.m. Monday, knowing she would spend the day harvesting vegetables as flood waters from the nearby Winooski River edged into the farm fields. Davis “hurled,” or picked, winter squash out of a field. Other volunteers slogged through water to get to the Intervale farms and harvested whatever [...]

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Post image for Blue Diamond Wins Prestigious Food Safety and Quality Award; Sacramento Manufacturing Facility Named “Plant of the Year”

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Blue Diamond, the leading U.S. almond grower and manufacturer, today announced that their Sacramento manufacturing facility was named “Plant of the Year of the Pinnacle Club” by the American Council for Food Safety & Quality, also known as the DFA of California. The Council, with state-of-the-art [...]

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Robert Morris Adams, 45, of Turlock pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit mail fraud and bank fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud almond growers and nut processors. It happened when Mr. Adams was the plant manager at a nut processing facility. According to the plea agreement, Mr. Adams and other co-defendants caused [...]

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Post image for Changing Economy Helping Florida Citrus Growers Catch Up to Brazilians

HAINES CITY | Brazil’s booming economy makes it an up-and-coming player in the global marketplace, but its citrus industry is being left behind. The changing global economy is making Florida citrus more competitive with its longtime rival, said Tom Spreen, an agricultural economist at the University of Florida in Gainesville and an authority on the [...]

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Post image for Iowa Corn went way too far

Mere weeks from now, Iowa and Iowa State will meet on the gridiron to battle it out in this year’s installment of the Cy-Hawk Series. Thankfully, they won’t end up playing for a Precious Moments trinket. Last week, the Iowa Corn Growers Association announced it would overhaul its newly released abomination of a Cy-Hawk Trophy, [...]

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Post image for Meet the Farmers Special tasting dinners feature the farmers, fishermen and chefs who harvest the food.

While attending the first Meet the Farmers event at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, farmer Marvin Wilhite remarked that this was only second time in his life that he had walked into the lobby of the luxurious hotel, the first being his wedding night. In April, Meet the Farmers brought together local and regional farmers and [...]

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Post image for So. Georgia pecan growers affected by drought

Pelham, Ga (WTXL) — Liz Farris says the extreme hot and dry conditions are taking a toll on her 100 acre pecan farm. Her more than 700 trees are made up of mostly Stuart pecans.She believes they are the most sensitive to the extreme heat. Many of the nuts have started falling and the trees [...]

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WENATCHEE, Wash. — Washington’s commercial tree fruit growers are being asked to double research and outreach assessments on their crops to contribute $32 million over eight years for added research at Washington State University. The Washington State Department of Agriculture mailed ballots to about 3,000 growers Aug. 10. The ballots are due back to the [...]

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Post image for Investment in bee research good for BC honey, fruit growers

SURREY (NEWS1130) – A big cash injection into honeybee research could mean tastier blueberries and honey for you in the not-too-distant future. The province is giving $25 million to researchers at Genome BC to help the province’s 130 commercial beekeepers, but also BC’s fruit growers, by finding the best honeybees for pollinating and the best [...]

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Post image for The science of growing apples

Imagine biting into a fresh apple. The crisp crunch as your teeth break the skin; the subtle, earthy smell; the sweet splash of cold juice on your tongue. It likely makes you think of orchards stretching into the distance: the rich soil the fruit sprung out of, and the hot summer sun that allowed it [...]

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Post image for Hawaii’s genetically modified papayas attacked

Thousands of papaya trees were chopped down on 10 acres of Big Island farmland under the cover of night last month. Hawaii County police said the destruction appeared to be done with a machete, but there are no leads and few clues beyond the tree stumps and all the fruit left to rot. “It’s hard [...]

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Post image for Late cherry harvest worries apple growers

YAKIMA — After struggling to find workers to thin apple trees before harvest, some Central Washington growers now are concerned they won’t have enough labor when it’s time to pick. “I think we’re all anticipating a bit of a shortage,” said Shawn Tweedy, field operations manager for Yakima-based Chiawana Orchards. “We don’t know what kind [...]

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