2014-03-12T07:39:48-05:00March 12, 2014|Web Updates|

 As California faces one of the driest years ever recorded, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be holding an informational session on drought resources for farmers, ranchers and farmworkers in Cloverdale. This session will provide information on a variety of state and federal government programs designed to assist farmers with water conservation, crop insurance, and other on-farm management tools. Information on farmworker assistance programs will also be available. (more…)

Tree Fruit Producers to Vote on Research and Development Program

2014-01-28T15:52:35-05:00January 28, 2014|Web Updates|

LANSING – A referendum to determine whether to establish a Michigan Tree Fruit Research & Development Program will be conducted from February 17, 2014 through February 28, 2014 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD).

The referendum of Michigan tree fruit producers was authorized by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams after her review of testimony given at two public hearings held in Comstock Park and Traverse City on November 25 and 26, 2013, and from written testimony received by MDARD. (more…)

Delaware farmers’ markets set new sales record: $2.1 million

2014-01-28T10:34:09-05:00January 28, 2014|Web Updates|

DOVER – Delaware’s community farmers’ markets set a new sales record in 2013, with shoppers buying more than $2.1 million in fresh produce and other goods, the Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.

Gov. Jack Markell and Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee announced the news at an annual farmers’ market managers’ meeting in Dover, praising their work and the work of the many growers and producers who sell at the markets.

Ohio State Aquaculture Research Program Looking to Recruit New or Beginning Fish Farmers

2013-10-29T15:39:53-05:00October 29, 2013|Web Updates|

home_osuPIKETON, Ohio – An innovative program offered by the Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is looking to recruit, mentor and grow a new crop of fish farmers.

The Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at the Ohio State University South Centers is offering 25 new and beginning fish farmers a hands-on approach to aquaculture and the business of fish farming through a year-long program that gives participants the opportunity to study the issue at the Piketon facility. (more…)

New Tart Cherry and Table Grape Insurance Coverage and Fruit Sales Closing Date

2013-10-23T10:08:41-05:00October 23, 2013|Web Updates|

usda-logoUSDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced the coverage availability for Tart Cherry Actual Revenue History and Table Grape Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) programs for the 2014 crop year.
Tart Cherry (for processing) Actual Revenue History (ARH) Insurance is available in Adams, Franklin, and Grant counties in Washington.
Table Grape Crop Insurance is available in Canyon County, Idaho.