This funded one-day workshop is offered by Michigan State University Extension and will cover the curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
In St. Johns, an agribusiness aims to hire 250 full-time employees at its dairy processing facility by 2020. In Coldwater, a pork processing plant’s already hired 800 workers since opening in 2017. But they’d like to hire more. However, experts say problems with adequate housing stand in the way for many Michigan farmers and agribusinesses as they attempt to recruit workers and is leading some employers to explore providing homes for their workers.
Phil Tocco, Michigan State University Extension Educator, Pre-harvest and Postharvest Food Safety; Heather Borden, Michigan State University Extension-Produce Safety Logistics Coordinator
Many fresh produce growers have heard of the new Food Safety Modernization Act, but they may be
With the year-end planned retirement of current President and Managing Director Phil Korson, the Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI) and the Michigan Cherry Committee (MCC) are beginning the recruitment and selection process for his successor.
Saving time and money are just a few of the ways farmers can benefit from the proposed updates to H-2A filings. Employers under the new proposed H-2A rule will now be required to e-file with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the State Workforce Agency. Included for employers are the options to sign documents using electronic signatures and staggering workers on one single contract up to 120 days from a worker’s first start date.
A cool, wet spring meant delayed plantings for many Michigan commodities. This was not the case for the state’s strawberry growers, who had an “excellent quality” 2019 crop despite harvesting strawberries eight to 10 days behind schedule.
A contaminated property in Saginaw will be redeveloped as a Fleck’s Fresh Mart with help from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The Saginaw Downtown Development Authority was awarded a $249,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to revitalize and safely reuse a vacant parcel at 2040 North Michigan Ave.
According to a July 2 report from Michigan State University Extension, recent weather conditions have been “perfect for disease development.” Such is the case for Michigan cherry growers.
The United States Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will buy an additional $15 million of U.S. tart cherries, a move that will help support an industry affected by Turkey imports and low commodity prices.
Cherry players say any financial help can go a long way, especially for an industry that’s losing money for every pound it produces.
An executive order will help modernize the regulatory framework for agricultural biotechnology products.