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  • Produce industry leaders join Bayer CropScience in recognizing innovation

    Dec 19, 2014

    Bayer CropScience has enlisted leaders from three top produce industry groups as judges for the first-ever Bayer CropScience Produce Innovation Award. The winner of the inaugural award program will be announced Feb. 24 – 25 at the 2015 Ag Issues Forum in Phoenix. Produce Innovation… Full Story »
  • Congress approves white potatoes for WIC program

    Dec 17, 2014

    Through the combined legislative efforts of Sen. Susan Collins, (R-Maine), Sen. Mark Udall, (D-Colo.) and Rep. Mike Simpson, (R-Idaho), white potatoes are now included in the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             John Keeling, National Potato Council (NPC) executive… Full Story »
  • Comment period passes for supplemental FSMA rules

    Dec 15, 2014

    The December 15 deadline for comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act supplemental language for the produce safety and preventive control rules has expired, with produce organizations submitting their official views on the changes to FDA. “Our main priority is to assure that when these… Full Story »
  • United report shows fresh produce volume steady

    Dec 11, 2014

    United Fresh Produce Association released the third quarter 2014 edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce. The report shows that, during this quarter, fruit and vegetable volume remained steady compared to the previous year, while dollar sales increased… Full Story »
  • Houlihan named WPVGA executive director

    Dec 5, 2014

    Tamas Houlihan has been named executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) by the board of directors, effective immediately. Houlihan has been serving as interim executive director since August, replacing Duane Maatz.             For the past 27 years, Houlihan has served… Full Story »
  • House votes to declare Obama’s immigration actions ‘null and void’

    Dec 4, 2014

    House Republicans approved a measure Thursday that aims to ‎block the Obama administration from moving to shield millions from deportation, a largely symbolic legislative response to the president's new immigration policy that reflects lawmakers' limited options. Los Angeles Times To read more, click here.
  • Bayer CropScience offers sustainability award

    Dec 4, 2014

    Bayer CropScience is seeking applicants for its Young Farmer Sustainability Award. The fifth annual award recognizes agricultural producers, age 40 and under, who receive at least half of their income from farming and farm-related venture.             Applicants are judged on the following criteria: entrepreneurial initiative… Full Story »
  • Texas leads coalition in lawsuit against Obama immigration actions

    Dec 4, 2014

    Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing the Obama administration over the president's executive actions on immigration.  The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Texas on Wednesday, and names the heads of the top immigration enforcement… Full Story »
  • Working the land and the data

    Dec 1, 2014

    Kip Tom, a seventh-generation family farmer, harvests the staples of modern agriculture: seed corn, feed corn, soybeans and data. “I’m hooked on a drug of information and productivity,” he said, sitting in an office filled with computer screens and a whiteboard covered with schematics and… Full Story »
  • Irving selected Maine’s Young Farmer of the Year

    Nov 24, 2014

    Robert Irving of Caribou, Maine has been selected the 2014 Young Farmer of the Year by the Maine Potato Board. He is the son of Steve and Patti Irving. Irving is the sixth generation of his family to raise potatoes in Aroostook County. His great-great-great-grandfather… Full Story »

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