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  • New York gets $845,000 for Organic Agriculture

    May 13, 2009

    State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker has announced the availability of more than $845,000 to encourage organic production in New York state. New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Local Potato Farmer Picked for Lay’s Commercial

    May 13, 2009

    A Bakersfield potato farmer was scheduled to ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday as part of a new advertising campaign. Brian Kirschenmann, 35, is one of five growers who will star in individual Lay's potato chip television commercials to air in… Full Story »
  • EPA Tightens Restrictions on Carbofuran

    May 12, 2009

    EPA has issued a final rule revoking all tolerances for carbofuran (Furadan) in food, effective at the end of this year. The May 11 action follows earlier EPA-imposed limitations on the use of this insecticide and nematicide. “EPA has concluded that dietary, worker and ecological risks… Full Story »
  • Agriculture Minister Disputes Potato Board’s Numbers

    May 12, 2009

    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is taking issue with the P.E.I. Potato Board's interpretation of how much money has been paid out for crops ruined by rain last summer. In October, a $12.4- million compensation plan was announced, cost-shared between the federal and provincial government, to… Full Story »
  • Farm-subsidy Cuts Highlight Political Challenge

    May 11, 2009

    President Barack Obama's continued push to save $9.8 billion over 10 years by slashing subsidies to large farms, despite fierce criticism from Capitol Hill, illustrates the challenge he faces in paring back long-running government programs. The Wall Street Journal Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Oh Boise, Your Crunchy Snack is Back

    May 11, 2009

    Boise stores are once again stocking a nearly eponymous salty snack food. O'Boisies, a fried potato crisp that was Keebler's flagship salted snack in the 1980s, are being made again. The Olympian Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Oregon Potato Growers Will Ship More to Russia

    May 8, 2009

    They gave the world Sputnik, we give them spuds. OregonLive.com Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Researchers Seek Ways to Limit Use of Chemical Pesticides

    May 8, 2009

    Consider the Mormon cricket – thumb-sized, bubble-eyed, crunchier than a candy-coated date and, would you believe, a meat eater. Billings Gazette Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Organics Initiative Gets $50 Million in EQIP Funds

    May 8, 2009

    USDA has designated $50 million for a “new initiative to meet the Obama administration’s promise to encourage more organic agriculture production.” Funding for the initiative is being made available as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The announcement was made by Agriculture Deputy Secretary… Full Story »
  • Obama Plans to Provide Settlement Funds for Black Farmers

    May 7, 2009

    President Obama announced his plans to include settlement funds for black farmers in the FY 2010 budget to bring closure to their long-standing lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA Click here to read the rest of the story.

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