NASDA members vote in favor of amendment to raise THC limit

2021-03-02T16:38:54-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

During the Plant Ag & Pesticide Regulation Committee meeting which took place as part of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Winter Policy Conference on Feb. 24, a policy amendment for the promotion of hemp was presented by Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets Anson Tebbetts. (more…)

New Final Rule on hemp makes things easier for growers

2021-03-02T10:43:10-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

The USDA Final Rule on hemp goes into effect on March 22, and it includes some important changes from the previous rules on growing the crop. Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., director of Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center, discussed the permit and policy updates for growers. (more…)

Game changer: Pandemic impacts winter farmers markets

2021-03-02T10:40:12-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower Midwest|

The Mukwonago Farmers Market partnered with a local YMCA camp to offer a larger indoor winter market this season when it became clear their old location wasn’t viable with current social distancing guidelines. Photo courtesy of Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce

by Gail March Yerke

This past summer’s growing season saw outdoor farmers markets in the U.S. adopt new vendor layouts (more…)

Tunnels can be more than tomatoes on tomatoes

2021-03-02T10:23:36-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Karl H. Kazaks

High tunnels provide a practical way for growers of vegetables and cut flowers to extend their growing season and increase the profitability of their operation. Just as with open field production, however, soil health in high tunnels plays an important part in the cultivation of crops. Recently, NRCS hosted a webinar on crop rotation and management strategies within organic high tunnels with the aim to help growers maximize their long-term success. (more…)

Tips and tricks for TikTok

2021-03-02T10:20:38-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

In a video shared Feb. 3, Justin Lane highlighted the red anthurium and showed viewers how he packs the plants for shipping.
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by Courtney Llewellyn

It’s always about the next big thing, whether it’s a new model of phone or the new “superfood.” The big thing in content creation and sharing right now is TikTok. (more…)

Diagnosing troubles in high tunnels

2021-03-02T10:13:25-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

While high tunnels are generally seen as boons for extended growing seasons, they’re not without their issues. Diagnosing the problems that arise is the first step in correcting them, and that was the subject of the second session in the three-part webinar series, “High Tunnels After Dark: 2020 High Tunnel Production Conference,” presented by Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Extension Services. (more…)

Diseases and pathogens in ornamental plants

2021-03-02T10:11:25-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Stephen Wagner

When you Google Francesca Hand, you’ll find a plethora of results – nursery management, Ohio Lawn Care Association, Master in Plant Health Management, Pretty Plants Doc, ornamental plant pathology. In a 151-page book titled “Plant Pathology in Ohio,” we learn that she is double degreed (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) in agricultural sciences and technologies and Ph.D. in plant pathology, all from the University of Florence, Italy. (more…)