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  • Bayer makes $62 billion offer for Monsanto

    May 23, 2016

    Bayer publicly disclosed today, May 23, its private proposal to acquire Monsanto. Bayer has offered to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of Monsanto for $122 per share, representing an aggregate value of $62 billion. “We have long respected Monsanto’s business and share… Full Story »
  • Potatoes USA hosts international chefs

    May 20, 2016

    Potatoes USA hosted a group of 26 chefs from 11 countries for training on U.S. potatoes and their usage at foodservice. The tour started in Idaho Falls with a visit to a fresh packing shed and dehydrated potato processing facility. The chefs were treated to western style BBQ… Full Story »
  • TPP to benefit potato industry

    May 20, 2016

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement could have significant positive impacts on the potato industry, according to a recent U.S. International Trade Commission report. The largest gains for U.S. exports, such as potatoes, are expected in Japan and Vietnam, the report found. Here's more from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement:… Full Story »
  • How to manage beet leafhoppers

    May 20, 2016

    There were a lot more beet leafhoppers (BLHs) on our yellow sticky traps this week. They were found on traps at  42 of the 53 potato fields we monitored this week (79%). The counts ranged from 0-49 BLH per trap, and averaged 3.2 per trap. The traps near… Full Story »
  • Monsanto confirms Bayer’s acquisition proposal

    May 19, 2016

    Bayer has confirmed company executives recently met with executives of Monsanto to privately discuss a negotiated acquisition of Monsanto. "The proposed combination would reinforce Bayer as a global innovation-driven Life Science company with leadership positions in its core segments, and would create a leading integrated agriculture business,"… Full Story »
  • Data management system to go online in July

    May 19, 2016

    During the 2016 Potatoes USA Chip Committee Winter Meeting in Las Vegas on Jan. 12, the committee approved the development of a new Variety Data Management (VDM) system. When complete, this system will complement the variety development work done in the National Chip Program by making… Full Story »
  • GM potato approved for field trials

    May 18, 2016

    The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in the U.K. have approved The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich’s (TSL) application to conduct field trials of genetically modified potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2016 and 2019. The field trials are part… Full Story »
  • MSU website estimates tuber survival

    May 18, 2016

    The Late Bight Risk Forecasting website, used for estimating potential survival of potato volunteers in Michigan, is now available for 2016 risk estimation. Epidemics of potato late blight are initiated from mycelium of Phytophthora infestans, which survives between successive growing seasons by overwintering in infected potato tubers intended… Full Story »
  • Nutrient-rich purple potato developed

    May 18, 2016

    Purple potatoes might not be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to increase vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake. However, a group of researchers from Colorado State University (CSU) have recently developed potato varieties that satisfy these nutritional needs and could act as a… Full Story »
  • SouthWind Farms exports fresh potatoes

    May 17, 2016

    SouthWind Farms in Heyburn, Idaho, is now in its second full season exporting fresh potatoes to the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Maylaysia. The grower-shipper grows fingerlings and baby potatoes and works with Sun Fresh Export, Wada Farms Market Group and Wilcox Marketing… Full Story »

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