In 2008 the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) was first spotted in California, Since then it has emerged as one of the most devastating pests of small and stone fruit in nearly every state and worldwide. The pest, of Asian origin, can multiply its population by 200 times within one to two weeks. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
You’ve probably told someone, or perhaps someone has said those words to you: “It’s so good — you could sell it.”
But should and could are two different concepts. You might have a reputation for making the best peach jam or the hottest jalapeño spread in your state, but is it really something others would be willing to buy? [Read more…]
Following on the heels of its first, fully-funded promotional campaign, the Christmas Tree Promotion Board shared a campaign summary video with hundreds of Christmas tree producers across the country.
“The video is a highlights reel of sorts; sharing the fun, heartwarming and creative activations from the 2016 promotional campaign,” notes CTPB Executive Director, Tim O’Connor. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
The concept of community-supported agriculture (CSA) isn’t new, but farmers who have chosen to market fresh farm products in this manner have had to change things up a bit to keep customers coming back.
“With CSAs, we’re always trying to put a new slant on things,” said Stephen Komar, Rutgers University Cooperative Extension. [Read more…]
Kate Aitkenhead and Ryan Vazquez of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) spoke at the Invasive Insect Certification Program for Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forest Pests provided by UMass Extension in early February. [Read more…]