Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association




News & Updates

Cover Crops Help Address Climate Change

Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a Penn State researcher. Climate-change mitigation and adaptation may be additional, important ecosystem services [...][...]

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No Organic Checkoff Coalition Submits Petitions

The No Organic Checkoff Coalition has submitted to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service a list of 1,888 signatories to a petition urging the agency to reject a proposal to create a new “research and promotion” program, also called a checkoff program.  The coalition also will submit a letter opposing the checkoff signed by more than 60 [...][...]

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CRAFT Propagation Practices for the Diversified Vegetable Farmer April 26

Pennypack Farm & Education Center Wednesday, April 26,   3 pm-6 pm During this afternoon, the farmers at Pennypack will be giving a tour of their farm’s propagation operation, including their greenhouses and crop planning process in preparation for their 2017 summer CSA. Discussion about their soil mix, which Pennypack makes on-site, and considerations in [...][...]

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Reap Tax Credits Available

Farmers who want to use new best management practices or purchase conservation equipment can utilize the state’s Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. REAP provides tax credits to farmers who install best management practices or purchase equipment that reduces the amount of erosion and sediment reaching streams. The program is administered by the State Conservation [...][...]

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Pesticide Maker Tries to Kill Risk Study

Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.  Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO also heads a White House manufacturing working group, and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last [...][...]

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A Better Way to Manage Phosphorus?

All living things – from bacteria and fungi to plants and animals – need phosphorus. But extra phosphorus in the wrong place can harm the environment. For example, when too much phosphorus enters a lake or stream, it can lead to excessive weed growth and algal blooms. Low-oxygen dead zones can form.   Runoff from [...][...]

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Drivers Urged to Share the Road

It didn’t take long for a line of more than six vehicles to back up behind a John Deere Corn Planter traveling north on Route 97 on a brisk Wednesday morning.   The more-than-40-foot piece of farm equipment made the left turn into Troyer Growers in Waterford without incident, an occurrence state officials gathered at [...][...]

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Form I-9 Webinar Offered April 19

A webinar for employers on how to handle Form I-9 will be offered April 19 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  The webinar will last about one hour.   To register, click here.  The full schedule of E-Verify webinars are listed here.[...]

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H2A Meals and Travel Reimbursement Rates Announced

DOL posted a notice April 13 in the Federal Register for meal and travel reimbursements for H2A workers.  The travel reimbursement remains at $51/day.  Workers may be charged $12.07 per day when three meals per day are provided by the employer.  There are further details in the announcement including information on partial day reimbursements here.  [...]

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Employment and Labor Changes Outlook

Big changes are likely in the offing as all three branches of our federal government begin to deal with labor and employment issues following President Trump’s election. President Trump’s first 100 days has already included action on a number of employment and labor law issues we’re following.  The Administration has enacted or signaled changes – [...][...]

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