• Top Spud finalists announced for EXPO

    Nov 30, 2015

    The National Potato Council has announced the three finalists for the Spud Nation Throwdown on Jan. 12 at the POTATO EXPO 2016 at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The Spud Nation Throwdown is a competition among three food truck chefs for the title of “Top… Full Story »
  • Ag groups urge Congress not to cut crop insurance

    Nov 25, 2015

    A coalition of 49 groups representing farm interests, equipment manufacturers, banks, insurance companies, credit lenders and other entities is urging Congressional leadership to not cut crop insurance or other farm programs through the omnibus appropriations act, according to a press release from National Farmers Union (NFU). “Cuts… Full Story »
  • Using Priaxor and Endura to fight potato disease

    Nov 25, 2015

    “At BASF, it is our goal to help growers get the most out of each of their acres,” said Jennifer Holland, U.S. crop protection marketing at BASF. In order to do that, the company has spent countless hours developing a “robust potato portfolio” containing two… Full Story »
  • 2015 N. American potato production increases

    Nov 25, 2015

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that North American potato growers, United States and Canada, increased production in 2015 by 1.4 percent compared to 2014 production numbers. Production in 2015 totaled 550.4 million cwt., compared to 542.8 million cwt. in 2014. U.S. production increased… Full Story »
  • Produce groups to host webinars on FSMA final rules

    Nov 19, 2015

    Industry members will have an opportunity to interact with FDA and ask questions about three final Food Safety Modernization Act rules and their implementation requirements via two free webinars. Each of the 90-minute webinars is hosted by Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association,… Full Story »
  • ConAgra plans to split into two companies

    Nov 18, 2015

    ConAgra Foods plans to separate into two independent public companies. ConAgra Foods will be renamed ConAgra Brands and will comprise the consumer brands portfolio. Lamb Weston will become a separate company representing the food service portfolio of frozen potato products. The transaction is expected to… Full Story »
  • Trio of final FSMA rules published in Federal Register

    Nov 13, 2015

    FDA has published three final rules that are key components of the revised Food Safety Modernization Act. The rules are accessible through the online Federal Register links below. The Produce Safety rule establishes science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce that are designed… Full Story »
  • Trimble acquires AGRI-TREND and roster of crop advisors

    Nov 12, 2015

    Trimble has acquired the assets of privately held AGRI-TREND of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, which operates the largest network of independent agricultural consultants in North America. The acquisition will enable Trimble to provide agronomists and other crop advisors with a stronger set of brand-agnostic tools… Full Story »
  • United Fresh Grassroots Action Network gets new look

    Nov 12, 2015

    United Fresh has launched a redesign of its Grassroots Action Network website, allowing the produce industry a more robust platform to connect with elected officials in Washington, D.C. Open to all members of the fresh produce industry, as well as industry partners and critical stakeholders,… Full Story »
  • Comments sought by FDA on use of ‘natural’ term

    Nov 12, 2015

    Because of the changing landscape of food ingredients and production, and in direct response to consumers who have requested that the FDA explore the use of the term “natural,” the agency is asking the public to provide information and comments on the use of this term in… Full Story »

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