USDA and FDA announce key step to advance collaborative efforts to streamline produce safety requirements for farmers

2018-06-27T09:58:38+00:00June 27th, 2018|Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing effort to make the oversight of food safety stronger and more efficient, USDA and FDA announced the alignment of the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program (USDA H-GAP) with the requirements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) Produce Safety Rule. (more…)

Threefold Farm effectively keeps deer out

2018-06-01T11:19:46+00:00June 1st, 2018|Grower East|

by Sally Colby

When Tim and Katherine Clymer purchased their central Pennsylvania farm in 2014, the edges of the property were overgrown and full of weeds. The Clymers’ plan is to eventually work toward organic certification, so they needed to manage the weeds that came with the property as well as limit future weed growth. (more…)

Root crop diseases

2018-06-01T11:16:47+00:00June 1st, 2018|Grower East|

by Sanne Kure-Jensen

There are three main causes of root crop diseases: fungi, nematodes and bacteria. Professor Rob Wick of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture offered tips on preventing, diagnosing and mitigating root crops diseases in his workshop “Root Crop Diseases: from top to bottom” at the 2017 New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference. (more…)