Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association




News & Updates

PVGA Directors Issue Statement on Convention Speaker

In response to the comments of the keynote speaker at this year’s Convention, the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association Board of Directors wishes to state that the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention is intended to be a non-partisan educational event serving the needs of all growers.  PVGA has not in the past nor will in the [...][...]

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Effectiveness of Specialty Crop Programs

Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs aimed at benefiting specialty crop production. Members heard from a panel of witnesses who highlighted the various programs available for specialty crops ranging from promotion programs [...][...]

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Farmer Testifies for Specialty Crops

Massachusetts farmer and President of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass) Laura Davis delivered testimony before the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research. The subcommittee hearing on Specialty Crops is part of a larger series of hearings entitled “The Next Farm Bill”, hosted by the Committee on Agriculture of [...][...]

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Farmers’ Markets Again Available on PA Turnpike

Farmers have the chance to market their products at three rest areas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The farm markets will run April through November at rest areas located at the Allentown Service Plaza, Sideling Hill Service Plaza and New Stanton Service Plaza. Farmers markets are open at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Mondays and holiday weekends, [...][...]

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Why Inoculate, Exactly?

That little packet of dark powder you are coerced into purchasing along with your clover seed can be mystifying. It only weighs a few ounces, and it has to be kept cool and dry and managed like a living pet (it is, after all, alive). Plus it invariably gets all over your hands and clothes. [...][...]

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Specialty Crops “Ripe” for Precision Ag

Timing the harvest and transport of highly perishable, hand-picked crops such as strawberries so these delicate products reach consumers at peak flavor and freshness is an intricate dance that partners Mother Nature with manual labor. However, many of the “smart farming” techniques and technologies that help growers harvest more of what they sow faster and [...][...]

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Vent-Free Heaters and Ethylene Injury

Growers looking to high efficiency vent-free heaters for their greenhouse operation may be disappointed in their performance when growing ethylene sensitive crops like tomatoes. Recently, a Pennsylvania grower sold on the high efficiency rating of a vent-free unit purchased and installed one in his tomato greenhouse. For those unfamiliar with these units they utilize a [...][...]

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Vegetable Growers Reflect on Improving Small Farm Efficiency

At a recent study circle meeting held in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, vegetable growers shared their questions, thoughts and experiences about how to make the most efficient use of time, tools, labor and resources on the farm. The Penn State Extension Start Farming Team has begun another season of study circle meetings across the state. Study [...][...]

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Plasticulture Strawberry Variety Trial 2016 Results

We collected data on performance of strawberry cultivars in the second harvest year of a plasticulture planting at the Penn State South East Ag Research and Extension Center in Manheim, PA. Back in December 2016, Kathy Demchak reported on a matted-row strawberry variety trial at the Penn State Horticulture Research Farm at Rock Springs. This [...][...]

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Penn State Extension Asks Produce Growers to Take Survey

Pennsylvania produce growers, food processors and animal feed producers preparing to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) can provide Penn State Extension with input — via an anonymous survey — that will help guide the development of relevant educational resources. Passed by Congress in 2011, FSMA establishes regulatory practices that produce farmers, food [...][...]

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