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PVGA History Documented on Website

We have been working at including some historical information about PVGA and the people involved in the Association in the past.  You can now read about the past Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers of the Association here.  You can also read about those members who have been honored with a life membership in the Association here.  For [...][...]

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Vegetable Marketing Information Added to PA Veggies Website

If you are a new grower selling your produce wholesale, you might want to review some of the marketing tips newly posted on the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program’s website – www.paveggies.org.  The information, previously published in the form of brochures, includes general wholesale marketing advice as well packing guidelines for various crops and [...][...]

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Proposed Budget Cuts Crop Insurance Funding

The White House today released details of its FY2018 proposed budget, which included steep cuts to crop insurance and other farm policies.   The American Association of Crop Insurers, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, Crop Insurance Professionals Association, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, and National Crop Insurance [...][...]

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Perdue Addresses Reduced USDA Budget

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement on the proposed FY 2018 budget:  “President Trump promised he would realign government spending, attempt to eliminate duplication or redundancy, and see that all government agencies are efficiently delivering services to the taxpayers of America.  And that’s exactly what we are going to do at the [...][...]

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Bee Losses Down But Still Too High

Beekeepers across the United States lost 33 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2016 to April 2017, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of both winter loss and summer loss–and consequently, total annual losses–improved compared with last year. – See more here.[...]

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Plasticulture for Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are planted from the end of May through the middle of June in our region. Commonly production is on ridges in conventionally tilled soil. I was recently asked about the potential to plant sweet potatoes using plasticulture (plastic mulch and drip irrigation). While not common in our region because of the cost, this [...][...]

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Managing Orange Rust in a Bramble Planting

Question: I’m attempting to manage orange rust in a bramble planting. I know what the early spindly growth looks like in the spring, and I am familiar with the orange cheese puff-looking stage. But what happens between these 2 stages and what symptoms should I be looking for? Chris Claridge, Albany, NY. See answer here.[...]

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Penn State Researchers Hope to Extend Berry Growing Season in the Northeast

June marks the start of what many here in the Northeast believe is the sweetest part of summer — berry season. It’s a time ripe with strawberry festivals, pick-your-own-berries and local farmers’ markets.  For berry lovers and local farmers, the season is much too short — usually about one month of strawberry harvest and another [...][...]

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Are You Using a sUAS as a Tool?

Are You Using a sUAS as a Tool? Posted: May 16, 2017 You probably have heard of (or observed) the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) throughout the country; whether it be for fun, a hobby, for capturing great aerial pictures, or commercial use.  In most cases, the media and general public refer to [...][...]

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Pest Scouting with Your Smartphone

 Have you noticed lately that many interstate rest stops are now called text stops? While the ever growing ubiquity of the smartphone has come with some issues, there are many opportunities to use this technology to make our lives a little easier, even on the farm.  Pest scouting is an important part of any farm [...][...]

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