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  • Battle of the Cheap Potato Chips: Wise vs. Lay’s

    Aug 21, 2009

    No potato product is more characteristically American than potato chips. They were invented in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1853, and instantly became a hit, especially among folks who valued crispness as a cooked-potato trait over other qualities. Village Voice Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Emergency Pesticide Registration for Potatoes Enacted

    Aug 21, 2009

    Wisconsin potato producers are preparing their warehouses for the upcoming harvest season and have an immediate need to disinfect both porous and non-porous surfaces to prevent contamination of potatoes with the organism that causes potato ring rot. Wisconsin Ag Connection Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Labor Department Inspections Bring Thousands in Fines in Washington

    Aug 21, 2009

    Farmers and orchardists across the county are worried after inspections from the U.S. Department of Labor cost some of them thousands of dollars, with little explanation. The Chronicle Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Small Farmers See Promise in Obama’s Plans

    Aug 20, 2009

    Since the 1980s, American agriculture has become increasingly concentrated. NPR Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Late Blight Pathogen Spreads to State’s Potato Crop

    Aug 20, 2009

    The plant pathogen best known for causing the Irish potato famine, Phytophthora infestans, was just discovered in two commercial potato fields in two separate Wisconsin counties. Before this, the outbreak of late blight, as the disease is known, had been confined to tomato plants. University… Full Story »
  • Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?

    Aug 19, 2009

    Scientists must ask corporations for permission before publishing independent research on genetically modified crops. That restriction must end. Scientific American Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Tomatoes with Late Blight Confirmed in Potato Growing Area, Central Wisconsin

    Aug 18, 2009

    Tomato plants infected with late blight have been found in Portage County–a major potato growing area of Wisconsin. Prarie du Chien Today Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Red River Valley Shippers to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

    Aug 17, 2009

    Red River Valley shippers hope to raise $250,000 to be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation based in Frisco, Texas. The Red River Valley is the largest red potato producing region in the United States, shipping close to five million cwt. of potatoes this… Full Story »
  • Voliam Xpress Insecticide Receives Label Expansion to Include Potatoes

    Aug 13, 2009

    Syngenta Crop Protection announced that EPA approved a label expansion for Voliam Xpress insecticide. Voliam Xpress is now approved for use on potatoes, pome fruit, stone fruit and tree nuts. It is already registered for use on head and leaf lettuce, fruiting vegetables, head and… Full Story »
  • Klamath Basin Farmers Get Rights to Grow, Market New Purple Potato

    Aug 12, 2009

    Klamath Basin Fresh Direct, an association of potato farmers along the Oregon-California border, has been awarded exclusive rights to grow and market a new purple fingerling developed by the USDA and three Northwest universities. The potato is called Purple Pelisse, named for an intense hue… Full Story »

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