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  • Canada Will Monitor Mexican Farm Workers

    Apr 28, 2009

    Thousands of Mexican workers needed for Canada's growing season will have their temperature taken before being allowed to enter the country, in light of the swine flu outbreak, Canadian officials indicated Monday. CBCnews.ca Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Germany to Allow GMO Potato Trials

    Apr 28, 2009

    Germany's Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner said on Monday she will allow test cultivation of a potato containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Open air trials of the GMO potato Amflora, developed by German chemicals group BASF (BASF.DE) presented no threat to public health or the environment, she… Full Story »
  • World Potato Congress Proceedings Available Online

    Apr 28, 2009

    The proceedings from the 2009 World Potato Congress are now available online. Click here to see the proceedings from the Congress.
  • USDA Conducts First Wide-scale Survey of Organic Industry

    Apr 24, 2009

    USDA will conduct the first-ever wide-scale survey of organic farming in the United States this year, to find out how the growth of organic farming is changing the face of U.S. agriculture. “The Organic Production Survey is a direct response to the growing interest in organics… Full Story »
  • Vilsack: Climate Law Aids Farms

    Apr 24, 2009

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says climate legislation should be a "net winner" for farmers, although details that will determine how much growers get paid for offsetting greenhouse gas emissions are yet to be worked out. Des Moines Register Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Big Agriculture Takes Umbrage at Mrs. Obama’s Organic Garden

    Apr 23, 2009

    America's powerful agribusiness lobby has hit back at Michelle Obama's decision to make her new White House kitchen garden entirely organic, urging her to consider the use of appropriate "crop protection products."Times Online Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Nebraska Takes Irrigation Lead

    Apr 22, 2009

    Onetime Hardy, Neb., farm boy Craig Kirchhoff answered an ad in the late 1980s to move to California and switch from growing corn, soybeans and wheat to grapes. JournalStar.com Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Maine Potato Pest Control Guide Available

    Apr 21, 2009

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension Potato Program has released its 2009 Maine Potato Pest Control Guide. Click here to see the guide.
  • Fear Feeds Genetically Engineered Crop Debate

    Apr 20, 2009

    Legislators on the Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation Committee learned Friday that 12 years after they first began hearing bills on genetically engineered crops, it wasn’t any easier. Testimony on five genetically engineered crop bills revealed a high level of passion and fear. “This isn’t about science,” Rep.… Full Story »
  • Labor Department Extends H-2A Transition Period

    Apr 17, 2009

    On April 16, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register announcing an amendment to the H-2A regulations extending the transition period of the application filing procedures currently in effect for all H-2A… Full Story »

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