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  • New changes for certification of Maine seed potatoes

    Jun 20, 2016

    A new rule change effective May 29 for Chapter 252, 7 M.R.S.A. Chapter 401, §§ 2101-2105; 7M.R.S.A. Chapter 1 §12; and 7 M.R.S.A. Chapter 411, §2352 came about from input from the Executive Seed Council of the Maine Potato Board and other industry members in order… Full Story »
  • Collaborative report on ag research released

    Jun 20, 2016

    A collaborative report, "Retaking the Field: The Case for a Surge in Agricultural Research," from 13 partnering universities and the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation is now available online. The report provides a case to policymakers and the public for increased federal agricultural research funding by… Full Story »
  • CIP research aims to develop potato resistance

    Jun 20, 2016

    On this World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (June 17), we look across the countries where the International Potato Center (CIP) operates for a roundup of work developing potato and sweet potato's drought resilience.  The UN observance, made official in 1995, is aimed at discussing… Full Story »
  • Potato pest alert: tuberworms

    Jun 18, 2016

    Potato tuberworm moths were found in traps at 42 percent of the fields monitored by Washington State University. The maps below compare potato tuberworm population densities (based on trapping data) this week and last week.   Monitoring If you are planning to harvest an early crop in the… Full Story »
  • Michigan assessment rate raised one-half cent

    Jun 16, 2016

    The Michigan Potato Industry Commission at its June 14 meeting approved an increase of half a cent per hundredweight (cwt) in the assessment rate for the 2016 crop. The amount will be 5.5 cents per cwt, allocated as 4.0 cents for growers and 1.5 cents… Full Story »
  • Potandon adds product development position

    Jun 16, 2016

    Potandon Produce has hired Carter Bray as director of new product development, a newly created position. Bray will be working in the Idaho Falls office overseeing key development projects and their related marketing strategies. With 25 years of sales and marketing experience, 16 of those years focused… Full Story »
  • Lemke to keynote Global Cold Chain Expo

    Jun 16, 2016

    Jim Lemke, president of Robinson Fresh, will be the keynote speaker at the Monday Opening General Session kicking off the inaugural Global Cold Chain Expo in Chicago, June 20-22. More than 200 cold chain industry leaders will gather for the opening general session at the Palmer House Hilton… Full Story »
  • UK laboratory prepares for GM potato trials

    Jun 14, 2016

    The Sainsbury Laborartory (TSL), located in Norwich, U.K., is preparing for trials of genetically modified potatoes. The goal of the project is to develop a Maris Piper potato that is blight-resistant, bruises less and produces less acrylamide, the Eastern Daily Press reports. The research team behind… Full Story »
  • Potato cyst nematode’s ‘toolkit’ revealed

    Jun 13, 2016

    Parasitic nematode worms are the `hidden enemy’ of farmers world-wide, causing billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year. Now an international research collaboration led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute (JHI) has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the… Full Story »
  • ConAgra expands operations in Washington

    Jun 13, 2016

    ConAgra Foods' Lamb Weston business will expand operations at its facility in Richland, Washington, with the addition of a new french fry processing line. The more than $200 million investment is expected to add 128 full time positions. Construction on the state-of-the-art processing line is expected… Full Story »

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