• Keep food safety in mind when buying equipment

    March 2, 2012 | Phil Tocco | With auction and trade show season in full swing, an eye often turns to acquisition of new or refurbished produce washing, packing and grading equipment. When evaluating equipment, keep food safety in mind to avoid difficulties.

  • Livestock may not mix with fruit and vegetable production

    March 2, 2012 | Phil Tocco | Livestock in close proximity to produce-growing areas can pose a problem for growers seeking food safety certification. With proper mitigation strategies, the two can coexist. Without these strategies, passing an audit may be difficult.

  • Weather and crop protection workshops scheduled for March 19 and 20

    February 29, 2012 | Diane Brown-Rytlewski, Carlos Garcia-Salazar and Mark Longstroth | Several workshops in March will allow fruit growers to anticipate the effects of weather on insect pests and plant diseases and adapt their control strategies accordingly.

  • Do you need a brush-up on pest management basics?

    February 10, 2012 | Amy Irish-Brown | MSU’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy is a quick, concentrated way to update your IPM skills. Join us on the MSU campus February 20-21.

  • Who is eating the produce that I grow?

    February 3, 2012 | Phil Tocco | When adopting food safety practices on the farm, it’s important to remember why and for whom it is being done.

  • Dealing with water for irrigating

    February 3, 2012 | Phil Tocco | The insurance of maintaining a produce crop with irrigation can be all but eliminated if the water being used contaminates the produce with food-borne illness. Here are a few considerations when implementing irrigation practices.

  • IPM Academy to offer continuing education credits

    January 23, 2012 | Erin Lizotte | Need more continuing education credits in 2012? The IPM Academy on February 20-21 will offer 16 Pesticide Recertification credits, 9 Certified Crop Advisor credits, MAEAP Phase I credits, and 7 Certified Green Industry Professional credits!

  • Are the “kids” back on the farm?

    January 18, 2012 | Erin Lizotte | MSU Extension’s IPM Academy on February 20-21 can bring the newest generation of farmers up to speed on pest management in a variety of cropping systems.

  • Interested in sustainable pest management? Try the IPM Academy

    January 3, 2012 | Erin Lizotte | Michigan State University Extension is hosting an Integrated Pest Management Academy designed to bring participants to a new level of success with their IPM decisions and practices.

  • Defining sustainable agriculture

    December 14, 2011 | Gerald May | During the upcoming Michigan Ag Commodities Educational Expo Dr. James McCarty will help farmers define sustainable agriculture and understand how sustainability may impact future production.

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