Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association




News & Updates

Organic Certification Made Easier

Thanks to a newly re-positioned farmer cost share program, announced December 23 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic producers and handlers will have improved access to organic certification cost share assistance starting in spring of 2017.  To read more, click here.  [...]

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We Need Your Help at the 2017 Farm Show!!!

If you have not volunteered to help at the Association’s food booth at the Farm Show, call PVGA today at 717-694-3596.  We need at least 25 volunteers in the booth at all the times.  Since the Farm Show runs from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., we need two shifts to completely cover each day from [...][...]

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PVGA Annual Meeting Set for February 1

The Annual Meeting of the General Membership of the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association will be held on Wednesday, February 1, at 11:30 in the Crystal Room of the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey.  All members are asked to attend the meeting. Traditionally, the Annual Meeting had included the election of members of the [...][...]

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These Tomatoes Ripen Weeks Earlier

These Tomatoes Ripen Weeks Earlier Using a simple and powerful genetic method to tweak genes native to two popular varieties of tomato plants, a team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has devised a rapid method to make them flower and produce ripe fruit more than 2 weeks faster than commercial breeders are currently able [...][...]

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Supercharged Plants Aim to Boost Food Production

Scientists have supercharged plant growth by making them more responsive to changes in light and shade. The researchers hope what they have learned by souping up experimental plants will someday help feed a hungry world.  Plants turn sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into food through a process called photosynthesis.  To read more, click here.  [...]

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Vegetable Chemical Use Survey Underway

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) is researching how the produce industry will fare economically under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and grower participation in the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2016 Vegetable Chemical Use Survey is vital to the success of the study.  If asked to participate in this survey, growers are asked to [...][...]

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Seedless Fruits an Underestimated tool

Production of seedless fruits an under-estimated tool for improving food security, research shows. The opportunity to produce bountiful levels of vital food crops such as apples, tomatoes and watermelons could be boosted by reducing a crop’s demand for pollinators, new research has shown.  A team of researchers from the University of Exeter have conducted new [...][...]

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PDA Funds Nine Ag Research Projects

Nine projects aimed at improving the state agriculture industry’s understanding of pressing challenges and promising opportunities will benefit from more than $600,000 in research grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Secretary Russell Redding announced.  The projects, which were competitively scored, target key priority areas, such as how to better manage pests, protect crops from [...][...]

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Precut Salad May Encourage Salmonella

A new study from the University of Leicester shows that small amounts of damage to salad leaves in bagged salads encourage the presence of Salmonella enterica. Juices released from damaged leaves also enhance the pathogen’s ability to attach to the salad’s plastic container. The research is published November 18th in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a [...][...]

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Convention Program and Registration Online

The educational program for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention is now available online along with information on the six PVGA sponsored workshops.  While this information will soon be available on the  Convention website, it is available now on the PVGA website here.  If you want to register early, you can do so by [...][...]

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