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  • PepsiCo Opens Plant With Vow to Potato Farmers

    Jul 10, 2009

    Soft drink and snack maker PepsiCo opened its eighth plant in Russia on Wednesday amid promises to invest another $1 billion in the next few years, including money to educate potato farmers. The opening ceremony, attended by PepsiCo chairwoman Indra Nooyi, Economic Development Minister Elvira Nabiullina… Full Story »
  • Blight Outbreak Threatens Pennsylvania Tomatoes, Potatoes

    Jul 9, 2009

    Uncommon weather and the sale of infected plants by big-box stores has unleashed a disease that threatens tomatoes and potatoes grown by backyard gardeners and commercial growers here and across Pennsylvania. LancasterOnline.com Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • BASF Halts GM Potato Research in UK

    Jul 9, 2009

    Prospects for growing blight-resistant potatoes created by genetic modification have received a setback in the UK after BASF's decision to suspend research into such varieties. Farmers Weekly Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • One station set to close, more to come as budget crisis grows

    Jul 8, 2009

    Steve Love sounds a little weary and a little wary as he describes the fiscal crisis facing the University of Idaho’s Aberdeen Research and Extension Center and the looming cuts to be made by the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences to meet an… Full Story »
  • Wet Weather May Affect Management of Potato Crop

    Jul 8, 2009

    When it rained after cutting the alfalfa, my grandfather used to say - I’m sure he didn’t originate the saying - “it’s raining oats into the hay.” Although the rain wasn’t good for the cut hay crop, it was providing moisture for the oats that… Full Story »
  • Local Crop Damage from Hail Storms

    Jul 8, 2009

    Mother Nature doesn't seem to be cooperating with farmers in eastern Idaho. The June 21st hail storm that affected 25,258 acres of potatoes, and severely damaging 12,000 acres, wasn't the last storm the crops would see. Last week, Idaho Falls and Ammon received a severe… Full Story »
  • Food Safety Body Sets French Fries, Baby Food Rules

    Jul 6, 2009

    An international food safety body has set rules to cut levels of cancer-causing chemicals and bacteria in foodstuffs ranging from French fries to baby food, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said on Monday. Reuters Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • BASF Crop Protection Names New Director

    Jul 6, 2009

    BASF Crop Protection today announced the appointment of Paul Rea to director, U.S. crop business, effective July 1, according to the company. Rea brings more than 14 years of global management experience in the agriculture business to the position. He most recently served as Director… Full Story »
  • Spud Farmers Likely to See Higher Prices

    Jul 6, 2009

    Idaho potato crop acreage is down this year, but you won't hear growers complaining. Fewer acres mean higher prices. And those farmers not growing potatoes this year have met success with substitution crops. Idaho Statesman Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Blight Threatens R.I. Tomato, Potato Crops

    Jul 6, 2009

    A strain of the fungus that caused the Irish potato famine of the 1840s is on the loose in Rhode Island and is damaging potato and tomato crops. Providence Journal Click here to read the rest of the story.

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