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  • Loans available for portable farm storage

    Apr 29, 2016

    USDA will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The… Full Story »
  • BRANDT gains majority interest in BAICOR

    Apr 29, 2016

    BRANDT has acquired a majority interest in BAICOR, based in Logan, Utah. BAICOR manufactures and distributes specialty fertilizers, focusing on liquids for foliar and soil applications. This acquisition will give BRANDT additional manufacturing capacity, plus access to a pipeline of new products based on leading research at the forefront… Full Story »
  • MFFPA scholarships available

    Apr 28, 2016

    The Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association (MFFPA) will present up to three scholarships to winning applicants on Wednesday, June 22. Applicant requirements include having successfully completed freshman year at an accredited community/state college or university and be in the top 50 percent of class scholastically. There is preference given to students… Full Story »
  • Technique accelerates isolation of blight resistance genes

    Apr 28, 2016

    Researchers at the Sainsbury Laboratory and Genome Analysis Center have developed a method of accelerating the isolation of plant disease resistance genes                 Several candidates were introduced into a model species, of which      one (Rpi-amr3) successfully provided broad-spectrum blight… Full Story »
  • Industry donates more than 200 salad bars

    Apr 28, 2016

    To date 202 salad bars have been donated consisting of 99 industry donations and 103 Potatoes USA matches and purchases. These bars have been placed in Michigan, Colorado, Idaho and other potato producing states as well as in large markets such as Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago,… Full Story »
  • USDA funds assist farmers with MAEAP verification

    Apr 26, 2016

    USDSA is making financial assistance available to Michigan farmers seeking to have their operations environmentally verified through the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). MAEAP is a voluntary program created in Michigan that allows producers to have their operations environmentally verified through any of four systems including… Full Story »
  • Farm Bureau, NASDA call for faster H-2A processing

    Apr 25, 2016

    The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) joined forces with the American Farm Bureau Federation to call on the federal government to alleviate H-2A processing delays.  The H-2A program is a critically important tool for America’s farmers and ranchers who need timely, legal, and dependable workers to… Full Story »
  • Study tests psyllids for insecticide resistance

    Apr 25, 2016

    A growing resistance of potato psyllids to the neonicotinoid classification of insecticides has Ada Szczepaniec, Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo, looking to the future. The potato psyllid is a tiny insect with sucking, piercing mouthparts that transmits a disease called zebra chip and… Full Story »
  • PMN webinar discusses statistics in research

    Apr 25, 2016

    Plant Management Network is offering a new webinar on the significance of using statistics in agricultural research. The webinar is available through May 31. Jeff Miller, president and CEO of Miller Research in Rupert, Idaho, narrates the 34-minute presentation.  The webinar will also explain how… Full Story »
  • NPC, ag groups request meeting on FSMA

    Apr 25, 2016

    The National Potato Council (NPC) joined 21 agriculture and produce groups in a letter to FDA's Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor and his successor Stephen Ostroff to discuss "ramifications of the FSMA legislation that need attention." The signers recognized that the Sept. 19 compliance deadline for enforcement of the Preventive Controls Rule… Full Story »

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