From the editors of Growing Magazine | January 24, 2012
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NJ Growers Recycle Record Amount of Ag Film in 2011
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today announced the Department of Agriculture nursery and greenhouse plastic film recycling program saw a 53 percent increase in the amount of materials recycled last year, making 2011 the most successful year since the program began in 1997. Read More

Beginning Farmer Land Contract Program Launches
As of January 3, 2012, the Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher Land Contract Guarantee Program is available nationwide. USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued the final rule for this farm bill program in December 2011. Today FSA published a press release and a fact sheet on the program. Read More

Vegetable Specialist to Speak in Watertown & Plattsburgh
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is bringing Cornell University Horticulture Professor Dr. Stephen Reiners to Northern New York for two workshops for commercial vegetable growers. This workshop is for both organic and conventional growers. Read More

Using Natural Enemies to Control Peach Tree Pests
A biological control agent of a common peach tree pest may be an effective alternative to chemical applications, if U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologists can make it economically worthwhile for large-scale commercial growers. Read More

Marrone Bio Innovations' Regalia Biofungicide Label Expanded
Marrone Bio Innovations announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a significant label expansion for Regalia, a biofungicide that boosts plants' natural defenses to fight fungal and bacterial diseases. Read More

PASA Announces Leadership Award Winners
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) announces the winners of its Sustainable Ag Leader Award and Sustainable Ag Business Leadership Award, Mary Seton Corboy of Greensgrow Farms and Frankferd Farms Foods, respectively. The awards will be presented as part of the PASA-bilities Leadership Award Series, sponsored by Kimberton Whole Foods, at PASA's 21st Annual Farming for the Future Conference. Read More

BioWorks Launches New "Ask the Experts" Service on Website
BioWorks, a provider of environmentally responsible, safe and cost-effective growing solutions to the horticulture industry, is proud to announce the launch of a new interactive service on their website: Ask the Experts. Read More

Simmons Wins Custom John Deere "Tail Gator" XUV
James Simmons of Westminster, South Carolina, received a unique New Year's eve present: The keys to a customized John Deere "Tail Gator" XUV at the Green South Equipment dealership in Carnesville, Georgia. Simmons' entry was selected from among thousands of entries collected during last year's Drive Green Challenge that ended June 30, 2011. Read More

USDA Expands Export Opportunities for Hawaiian Rainbow Papaya
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that on Dec. 1, the Government of Japan approved Rainbow papaya for commercial shipment to Japan. The Rainbow papaya is genetically engineered to be resistant to the papaya ringspot virus. This announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for Hawaiian papaya growers. Read More

Cal/OSHA Issues Citations in First Confirmed Heat Related Fatality for 2011
Cal/OSHA issued citations against two California farm labor contractors following investigations into the heat illness of two employees this past summer, one of which resulted in the first confirmed heat related death of 2011. Read More


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