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2016 Vegetable Research Reports Available

Reports from nine vegetable research projects funded jointing by PVGA and the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program (PVMRP) in 2016 are now available on the PVMRP website here.[...]

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Agriculture is Good for Honey Bees

While recent media reports have condemned a commonly used agricultural pesticide as detrimental to honey bee health, scientists with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have found that the overall health of honey bee hives actually improves in the presence of agricultural production. – See more here.[...]

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California Strawberry Legal Battle

A coalition of independent strawberry growers is petitioning state leaders to resolve a messy legal dispute between two respected agricultural researchers and the University of California, Davis.   A group of 60 independent growers – representing one-third of the planted acreage of California’s strawberry industry – have sent letters to UC Davis, the UC Board [...][...]

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Sitting Down with Sonny Perdue

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who last week helped persuade President Donald Trump not to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Wednesday that the administration would renegotiate the pact with Canada and Mexico with a focus on what has worked and what hasn’t. Trump appeared to be on the brink of pulling out of [...][...]

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PVGA is Reaching Out to Young Growers

PVGA is trying to identify and encourage young growers in the vegetable, potato and berry industries in several ways. PVGA Scholarships First, PVGA offers two $1,000 college scholarships each year to a child or grandchild of a PVGA member who is pursuing higher education with the goal of working in production agriculture.  These scholarships come [...][...]

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Farmers Push Back on Immigration

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants. – See more here.[...]

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Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Aid US Nutrition

New research presented today via poster presentation at the 2017 Experimental Biology meeting shows consumers who eat frozen fruits and vegetables eat more fruits and vegetables overall. In fact, consumers of frozen fruits and vegetables also have significantly greater intakes of key nutrients, such as potassium, fiber and calcium. – See more here.[...]

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President Holds Farmer’s Roundtable

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today joined President Trump for a “Farmers Roundtable” at the White House to address issues facing the American agriculture community, as the president signed an Executive Order establishing an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.  The roundtable discussion allowed representatives from all corners of American agriculture to [...][...]

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USDA Declares Drought Disaster in 14 Counties

The USDA has designated 14 counties in Pennsylvania, including several in western Pennsylvania, as natural disaster areas with assistance to farmers in Ohio and West Virginia.  Hollis Baker, Farm Service Agency’s acting state executive director in Pennsylvania, requested the designation due to losses caused by a drought that occurred from May 1, 2016, through Dec. [...][...]

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Organic Farms Keep Growing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States, and 37,032 around the world. The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13 percent increase between the end of 2015 and [...][...]

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