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  • Lawsuit closes Mexico to U.S. fresh potatoes

    Jun 12, 2014

    Mexico has closed its border to U.S. fresh potatoes following a lawsuit filed by Comite Nacional Sistema Producto Papa, (CONPAPA), a Mexican potato grower organization. CONPAPA filed the lawsuit against Mexico’s Department of Agriculture, SAGARPA, seeking curtailment of the recent agreement allowing importation of U.S.… Full Story »
  • Water rule comment period extended

    Jun 10, 2014

    EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the public comment period for a proposed rule that defines the Waters of the U.S. that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. The extension was in response to a number of requests received by… Full Story »
  • Marrone approved for USDA loan guarantee

    Jun 9, 2014

                The USDA Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan program approved Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) for a $10 million loan.             The funds will be used to expand  the MBI manufacturing plant in Bangor, Michigan.
  • Psyllids found in Pacific Northwest

    Jun 9, 2014

    Potato psyllids have been found in Idaho, Oregon and Washington this spring. This is the earliest date for psyllids to be reported in the Pacific Northwest.              The University of Idaho in collaboration with Miller Research reported finding one psyllid on a yellow sticky trap… Full Story »
  • McCain’s $100 million expansion delayed

    Jun 6, 2014

    McCain Foods USA has put on hold development of a third production line, projected to cost $100 million, at their Burley, Idaho plant. McCain is continuing a $40 million improvement to its existing production lines and one of its two plants. McCain announced the $100… Full Story »
  • Naturally Potatoes to expand plant capacity

    Jun 3, 2014

    Naturally Potatoes is breaking ground on a $7.5 million expansion to their processing plant in Mars Hill, Maine. The expansion will double the facility’s storage and potato production capacity. The expansion will increase daily mashed production capacity to 336,000 pounds. The project is expected to be completed late this fall.
  • Public comment period opens for Simplot’s Innate potatoes

    May 31, 2014

    The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has made available for public comment its plant pest risk assessment and draft environmental assessment of J.R. Simplot’s Innate potato varieties.             Simplot is seeking a determination of nonregulated status from APHIS for the first generations… Full Story »
  • Fresh potatoes in WIC clears one hurdle

    May 30, 2014

    The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill with language that would include fresh potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. The committee approved the Fiscal Year 2015 House Agriculture Appropriations bill by a vote of 31-18. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives.
  • United Fresh disappointed with action taken by House Appropriations Committee

    May 30, 2014

    United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel issued this statement in response to the action taken by the House Appropriations Committee: “We are deeply disappointed by the vote today by the House Appropriations Committee to roll back school meal nutrition standards that benefit the health… Full Story »
  • PMA launches redesigned website

    May 27, 2014

    In response to member feedback and as part of its new strategic plan implementation, Produce Marketing Association (PMA) unveiled its redesigned website, www.pma.com on Tuesday, May 27. The website is part of the association’s ongoing efforts to bring a complete portfolio of value to members… Full Story »

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