• USDA: First Drop in U.S. Farmland Value Since 1987

    Aug 5, 2009

    The value of U.S. farm land has fallen 3.2 percent this year due to the recession, the first drop for farm land since the agricultural recession of the mid-1980s, the government said on Tuesday. Yahoo! News Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Organic Farmers Hoping Trucks Increase Business

    Aug 3, 2009

    Farmers in southeastern Minnesota are hoping to capitalize on a growing interest in local foods and have launched a trucking business to haul their produce direct to office buildings in the Twin Cities. Albert Lea Tribune Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Potato Commission Chairman Resigns

    Jul 31, 2009

    The recently appointed chairman of the Washington State Potato Commission resigned last week following his arrest on assault charges July 5. Wenatchee World Online Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Northeast Tomatoes Lost, Potatoes May Follow

    Jul 30, 2009

    Ripe local tomatoes, keenly anticipated by growers and cooks, will be missing from many markets, farm stands and farm shares this summer. The New York Times Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Growers Await Word on F0ood Safety Bill

    Jul 30, 2009

    Individual farmers likely will face a greater regulatory burden under a federal food safety bill that could be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives as early as today, industry officials said. Yakima Herald-Republic Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Employment-related Immigration Measures Enacted in Seven States

    Jul 30, 2009

    While national attention on immigration has declined, state legislatures are deliberating record levels of immigrant-related legislation, confirmed the National Conference of State Legislatures, according to a July 17, 2009, report. CCH Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Late Blight Spotted in Michigan

    Jul 29, 2009

    Potato late blight has been confirmed in three fields near Sturgis in southwest Michigan, according to Willie Kirk, plant pathologist with Michigan State University. Growers in the state should be vigilant while scouting fields, paying particular attention to tracks made by irrigation pivots or other… Full Story »
  • 2009 Planted Acres Increases from Last Season

    Jul 29, 2009

    Area planted to fall potatoes in 2009 is estimated at 932,900 acres, up slightly from the 2008 crop year, according to USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Harvested area is forecast at 922,700 acres, also up slightly from 2008. Idaho growers increased planted area 5… Full Story »
  • Potato Farmers Help Grow Economy

    Jul 29, 2009

    As anyone who has traveled throughout central Washington knows, potatoes are one of the most planted crops in the region. Congressman Doc Hastings in the Othello Outlook Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Potato blight flourishing on P.E.I.

    Jul 29, 2009

    Wet, humid conditions are leading to the worst season for late blight on potatoes on P.E.I. in years. CBC Click here to read the rest of the story.

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