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News & Updates

Unlocking Yield Potential of Tomatoes

Breeding in plants and animals typically involves straightforward addition. As beneficial new traits are discovered — like resistance to drought or larger fruits — they are added to existing prized varieties, delivered via cross-breeding. But every once in a while, adding a beneficial new trait can result in a net subtraction, due to processes deeply [...][...]

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Detecting Optimum Ripeness in Tomatoes

The portable Raman spectrometer, a device used in very different fields such as metallurgy, archaeology and art, allows data to be obtained on the variation in the composition of the tomato fruit during its various ripening phases, according to the results of a study conducted in the UPV/EHU’s Department of Analytical Chemistry.  The portable Raman [...][...]

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Orchard Offers Vegetable Breeding Course

An intensive, two-day vegetable breeding workshop will take place on June 17 and 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at North Star Orchard. The workshop, geared toward the more experienced gardener, will be led by NSO Garden Manager Kevin Booth and NSO Greenhouse Manager Lena Dati.  During the course, attendees will learn the importance of [...][...]

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Time to Advocate for Agriculture in the State Budget

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is hard at work ensuring that agriculture priorities are considered as state leaders finalize the 2017-18 budget. But we need help from members too. Lawmakers respond most to their constituents so it’s important that members contact their state representatives and senators to discuss priorities for farms. Farm Bureau is concerned about proposed [...][...]

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Farm Bureau Takes Policy Development to Facebook

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s policy development process is starting now, with grassroots members beginning to think about what proposals they want to bring before their county Farm Bureaus with the hope of shaping state, or even national, Farm Bureau policy. And PFB is offering a new tool this year to get those brainstorming gears turning and [...][...]

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Apply Now for Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

Rural entrepreneurs can compete for startup funds in Farm Bureau’s Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Farm Bureau members age 18 or older may apply with ideas related to for-profit businesses involving food and/or agriculture. Food ideas must incorporate at least one local agriculture product. Judges will review the applications this summer and then announce four finalists to [...][...]

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Farmers Needed for Reality Show

Producers of a new, agriculture-based reality television show that’s planned to air on a major cable network are looking for farm families to be the stars. According to BoBCat Studios, “American Farmer is the sweeping new series that puts viewers on the front lines of the battle farmers wage to produce the food that sustains [...][...]

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FSMA/Risk Management Seminar June 1 in Tamaqua

The Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO) in cooperation with the PA Department of Agriculture will be holding a community service seminar on June 1 to inform farmers/agriculture producers about their compliance requirements under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as well as tools for risk management.  Held in Tamaqua, It will cover [...][...]

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Seed Vigor in Sweet Corn Revisited

Uneven or poor stands may be caused by reduced seed vigor in a specific lot of sweet corn seed. This results in reduced yields in fresh market sweet corn and may cause losses in processing corn if differences in growth are significant.  See more here.[...]

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Dickeya dianthcola Update

Several plants with suspected Dickeya dianthicola symptoms have been reported in the mid-Atlantic region in spring 2017 and sent for diagnosis. The results of the tests are still pending. Growers should be vigilant in scouting their fields. If you see any suspect symptoms of blackleg, or your potatoes had poor emergence, or you believe that [...][...]

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