• DuPont, Monsanto Trade Barbs Over Competition

    Aug 28, 2009

    Agribusiness giant DuPont, charged by its chief rival Monsanto of being "dishonest, disingenuous and downright deceitful" in a literal food fight over control of the seed business, has accused Monsanto of unfairly attempting to "distract attention" from a public battle over competition in the crop… Full Story »
  • A Farm on Every Floor

    Aug 27, 2009

    If climate change and population growth progress at their current pace, in roughly 50 years farming as we know it will no longer exist. The New York Times Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Gunnerson Named President of Northern Plains

    Aug 25, 2009

    The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA) Board of Directors has named Chuck Gunnerson of Ada, Minn., as President of the association that serves potato growers and shippers in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Gunnerson has been interim president since replacing Duane Maatz last October.… Full Story »
  • Vilsack’s Tour: A Different Kind of Town Hall

    Aug 21, 2009

    Health care town-hall meetings are certainly stealing the spotlight these days - but they're not the only game in town. Politics Daily Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Fungus Threatens State’s Potato Crop

    Aug 21, 2009

    A highly contagious and destructive fungus - already found on tomato plants in Wisconsin - has been confirmed in potato fields in two counties, state agricultural experts said Thursday. JSOnline Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • 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 »

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