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10/21/2014 - CropLife America Elects Board Leadership and Honors Award Recipients

During its annual meeting at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, CropLife America (CLA) announced annual election results. "The CLA board of directors offers immeasurable leadership and guidance, and we thank them for their time and dedication to serving in this role," said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. "The board holds a strong commitment to advancing modern agriculture, and this...


10/20/2014 - T-L Irrigation Introduces Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation

With an eye toward helping farmers deal with water shortages and pumping restrictions, T-L Irrigation Co.is teaming with Netafim, Inc., a world leader in drip irrigation products, in introducing a new version of T-L's unique PMDI (Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation) system. According to Dave Thom, vice president of sales at T-L, the PMDI technology combines the benefits of T-L's hydrostatically...


10/19/2014 - USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Create New Economic Opportunities and Grow Markets for Local Producers

Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb announced that Maine is partnering with the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to invest $602,678.57 to support Maine specialty crop producers. Maine will conduct 10 initiatives to increase the competitiveness of Maine specialty crops by enhancing and strengthening markets for specialty crops such as potatoes, wild blueberries, maple syrup, and other fruits...


10/18/2014 - Navazio Joins Johnny's Selected Seeds

Johnny's Selected Seeds welcomed Dr. John Navazio, veteran plant breeder, agroecologist, author and organic seed production specialist, as manager of its plant breeding program. Navazio is a natural fit for Johnny's, renowned for its prodigious introduction of traditionally bred, award-winning new crop varieties to direct-market growers and avid home gardeners. Navazio, who holds a Ph.D. in plant...


10/17/2014 - Syngenta Supports the Future of Plant Breeding with Breeding Academy, University Partnerships

As growers decide which hybrids and varieties they will select for the 2015 season, plant breeders continue to refine and improve the science behind the seed. Rapid developments in genomics, analytics and other technologies currently under way are increasing the need for not only breeders, but molecular biologists, computer scientists and numerous other specialists working together to bring advanced...


10/16/2014 - Gowan Announces EPA Registration of Captiva

Gowan Co., LLC announced that its Captiva, a natural repellent bio-insecticide, has received federal registration from the EPA. Captiva controls thrips and spider mites and will be sold into a wide variety of specialty crop segments. This registration represents a significant milestone, as Captiva is the first product from Gowan's distribution partnership pipeline with Ecoflora Agro to receive...


The Benefits of Biopesticides - As far back as 400 B.C., pyrethrum flowers were dried, powdered and used for delousing, ac...

10/16/2014 - The Benefits of Biopesticides

Dorothy Noble
As far back as 400 B.C., pyrethrum flowers were dried, powdered and used for delousing, according to Dr. Nagappan Raja, University of Gondar. The horticulture professor also reported in the Journal of Biofertilizers & Biopesticides that nicotine was derived from tobacco leaves in the 17th century to kill plum beetles. In 1901, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) was isolated from a diseased...


10/15/2014 - RedLine Solutions Enhances RedLine Cooler

RedLine Solutions, the leader in produce traceability and inventory solutions, announced a new capability in the RedLine Cooler product line -- Directed Put-Away. This latest software feature allows for groundbreaking efficiencies, a better use of space and greater value to cooler operations. "Directed Put-Away creates a whole new level of efficiency by taking the guesswork out of put-away locations,"...


It's the Great Pumpkin - Growers dedicate their crop to size - During his many years at North Carolina State University (N...

10/15/2014 - It's the Great Pumpkin

Growers dedicate their crop to size
Rocky Womack
During his many years at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Jack Bacheler was known for his work with insects, but recently he's earned fame as an award-winning pumpkin grower. Bacheler, professor emeritus of entomology, lives in Clayton, North Carolina, and puts as much energy into growing pumpkins as he does into identifying pests. He recently grew a 799.6-pound pumpkin...


10/14/2014 - Fresh Summit Sensory Experience Contest Puts Spotlight on Healthy Eating for Kids

Students from the Walker Junior High School in La Palma, California, will tackle healthy eating on Friday, October 17, when they put 10 produce-centric recipes to the test at the fourth annual PMA Fresh Summit Sensory Experience Contest. The contest, sponsored by Bolthouse Farms and supported by Disney Consumer Products, features the top 10 recipes submitted by exhibitors that will be judged by the...


10/13/2014 - Valley Irrigation Appoints Kaniewski as VP of Global Operations

Valley Irrigation has appointed Steve Kaniewski as the vice president of global operations. Kaniewski will be responsible for global manufacturing, process engineering, supply chain management, quality, order management, safety and logistics. Kaniewski is an experienced manufacturing executive who has a wide-ranging operational background that includes vice president of operations, Specialty...


10/2/2014 - Bobcat Co. Releases Million Loaders Celebration Contest Winner Video

Bobcat Co. is proud to release a video of the winner of the Bobcat Million Loaders Celebration contest, highlighting the delivery of the Special Edition One-Millionth Bobcat T650 compact track loader. The video features the winner of the contest, Steven Klumker of Mancos, Colorado, learning he is the winner of the Million Loaders Celebration contest in a surprise reveal. The video includes interviews...


10/1/2014 - Idaho Potato Commission Appoints New Commissioners

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) announced the appointment of two new commissioners, who will each serve three-year terms. Randy Hardy, from Hardy Farms in Oakley, and Nick Blanksma, a grower residing in Hammett, will be formally sworn in at the IPC's October meeting. Mike Christensen of Melba, who has already served one term on the IPC, will also be sworn in for another term. The commissioners were...


9/30/2014 - 360 Yield Center Joins OADA

In an effort to ensure farmers have full agronomic data access along with security and privacy, 360 Yield Center has announced it is joining the Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA) to help make data more open in agriculture. With the application of data science in modern production agriculture, farmers are able to improve crop yields and use natural resources more efficiently. Farmers' analysis of data...


9/29/2014 - The Stage is Set for NAFDMA in Tennessee

The North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) has scheduled its 30th annual convention for February 1-6, 2015, in Tennessee. "The Stage is Set" is the theme of the 2015 NAFDMA Convention. The convention is a five-day event comprised of bus tours, educational sessions, workshops and a business exchange. The Stage is Set for the agritourism industry to grow and prosper....


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