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  • Wisconsin growers elect new leadership

    Jun 28, 2016

    Wisconsin’s potato growers have elected an at-large director and re-elected two directors to the industry’s market order board. Elected as the at-large director and representing all districts is Andy Dierks of Coloma. Re-elected in District 1 is Keith Wolter, Antigo; and re-elected in District 2… Full Story »
  • Growers wrap up planting in Maine

    Jun 27, 2016

    Potato growers in Maine have finished up planting and hope for a smooth season, the Bangor Daily News reports. Last year growers had a troubling year battling Dickeya, a new pathogen in Maine. Dickeya is a bacteria that can cause the rotting disease blackleg. Here's more… Full Story »
  • Stockton Group, Syngenta sign distribution deal

    Jun 27, 2016

    The Stockton Group (STK) has signed a major agreement with Syngenta as the exclusive global distributor of a new biofungicide technology based on tea tree oil for the control of several diseases in ornamental crops. The products of Stockton will be sold under the Syngenta brand for Botrytis… Full Story »
  • Calloway elected WSPC chairman

    Jun 24, 2016

    Rex Calloway of Quincy was elected chairman of the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) during its annual meeting. Calloway succeeds Mike Dodds as chairman, and will begin his term on July 1. Dodds will continue to serve on the commission and the WSPC executive committee… Full Story »
  • NPC endorses Roberts-Stabenow GMO legislation

    Jun 24, 2016

    The National Potato Council (NPC) issued a press release supporting legislation released by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) establishing a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods. If passed, the legislation preempts all state labeling laws related to the… Full Story »
  • US Senate reaches deal on GMO labeling

    Jun 23, 2016

    Senate lawmakers reached a deal Thursday, June 23 to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients, just eight days before Vermont's first-in-the-nation labeling law takes effect in July. The bipartisan legislation, reached following weeks of negotiations between Senate Agriculture Committee members Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., would… Full Story »
  • WPIB increases assessment by one cent

    Jun 23, 2016

    The Wisconsin Potato Industry Board unanimously passed a motion at its June 16 meeting that will dedicate $500,000 per year for the next ten years toward a potato research fund. The motion includes an assessment increase of one cent per hundredweight effective July 1, and an allocation of $250,000… Full Story »
  • McCain Foods expands New Brunswick facility

    Jun 23, 2016

    McCain Foods (Canada) is expanding its Florenceville-Bristol french fry plant. The expansion will create 40 to 50 new jobs, according to McCain Foods. The company is adding a new production line to meet growing demands for hash brown patties and similar potato products.  The $65-million investment will… Full Story »
  • MPB announces 2016 Farm Family of the Year

    Jun 22, 2016

    The Maine Potato Board (MPB) of directors selected the family of Jerry Flewelling and his son, Bruce Flewelling, of Easton, as the MPB 2016 Farm Family of the Year. The Flewelling family includes Bruce, his wife Valorie and their sons, Nicholas and Christopher. Jerry Flewelling,… Full Story »
  • Heavy rain hits Northern Plains potatoes

    Jun 21, 2016

    Heavy rain pounded the northern Red River Valley on Friday (June 17) morning causing additional damage to crops on fields that were already saturated. Wind and hail also caused some damage but excessive rain will be the big story when crop losses are tallied up in the… Full Story »

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