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Asparagus and Cherry Growers
Center for Agricultural Partnerships (CAP) is working with the Cherry
Marketing Institute, the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board, the
Michigan State University IPM Program and Gerber Foods to help growers
expand their use of IPM through EQIP. The project is building on
the work started under the 1996 Farm Bill by district conservationists
and growers in west central Michigan counties where asparagus and
cherries are grown extensively.
project is increasing growers’ awareness of EQIP opportunities
(see Information Piece below) and convening a group of specialists
to develop protocols for pest management practices. This fall and
winter the project will conduct a concerted effort to provide growers
with the knowledge necessary to use EQIP in the 2004 growing season.
For more information
on the project please see the Michigan web site at: http://ipm.msu.edu/farmbill.htm
Or view the
file (approx 400K).
To read about
the experiences of two Michigan growers who have used EQIP on their
farms, please visit: http://www.ipm.msu.edu/farmbill/growers.htm