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  • United Fresh Produce Association applauds introduction of Senate water relief act

    Jul 31, 2015

    United Fresh Produce Association strongly supports the introduction of the California Emergency Drought Relief Act, S. 1894, by Senators Feinstein and Boxer of California, which falls on the heels of recently passed legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives, The Western Water and American Food Security… Full Story »
  • Novogene partners with CIP

    Jul 29, 2015

    The International Potato Center (CIP) and Novogene Bioinformatics Technology announced a partnership to advance potato genome research it was announced at the 9th World Potato Congress in Beijing. CIP is custodian of the world’s largest potato gene bank and Novogene has the largest illumina-based sequencing… Full Story »
  • MPB presents Young Farmer of the Year and Farm Family of the Year awards

    Jul 28, 2015

    At its annual meeting, the Maine Potato Board (MPB) recognized Robbie Irving, left, of Caribou as the 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, and John and Tom Qualey, below, of Three Oak Farms in Sherman as the 2015 Farm Family of the Year. Held in… Full Story »
  • Report: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high

    Jul 28, 2015

    Honeybees have been all over the news in recent years, and the news hasn’t been good. Report after report has been released documenting colony declines. But Christopher Ingraham, a journalist for The Washington Post, has painted a different honeybee picture. He says that it’s time to call… Full Story »
  • Indiana reports late blight in potato fields

    Jul 28, 2015

    A potato field and tomato field in Lagrange County, Indiana, have been reported with late blight over the weekend (July 25-26, 2015).  The tomato field has now been treated. The genotype is US23 - A1 mating type and Ridomil sensitive. This information is important to Michigan… Full Story »
  • NPC: Increased funding for potato breeding research

    Jul 27, 2015

    Last week at the request of Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and other Senators the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $2 million dollars for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) potato breeding research program. This is a $650,000 increase from the last fiscal year. The… Full Story »
  • NPC releases 2015 Potato Statistical Yearbook

    Jul 27, 2015

    National Potato Council (NPC) announced that the "2015 Potato Statistical Yearbook" - a resource for growers, industry members, academics, and policy makers - has either already arrived or will be arriving in mailboxes within the next couple of days. In addition to the most recent data on… Full Story »
  • Potato late blight found in Michigan

    Jul 27, 2015

    A potato field in Montcalm County, Michigan has been reported with late blight over the past week and the genotype of the Phytophthora infestans isolate is the US-23 genotype. This was confirmed by GPI allozyme analysis. This genotype is Ridomil sensitive however the recommendations for treatment include… Full Story »
  • BREAKING: House passed GMO labeling law

    Jul 24, 2015

    According to multiple sources, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a labeling law that “blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont.” Reuters has more:        Dubbed… Full Story »
  • New tools would advance efforts to ensure safety of imported foods

    Jul 24, 2015

    The FDA has published a proposed rule and a draft guidance document to support a new program under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help eligible foreign entities demonstrate that imported food meets U.S. food safety requirements. Audits and certifications for eligible foreign entities under this program will… Full Story »

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