• New York Potato Acreage Decreases

    Jul 28, 2009

    New York potato growers planted an estimated 17,100 acres of potatoes this year according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. This is down 5 percent from 2008. Acres for harvest is forecast at 16,500, down 7 percent from… Full Story »
  • USDA Sees Climate Bill Yielding Long-term Benefits for Agriculture

    Jul 23, 2009

    The agriculture department released its analysis of the House-passed climate bill today showing the cap-and-trade legislation having modest short-term costs for agriculture and long-term net benefits for the sector. The New York Times Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Farmers’ Climate Bill Concerns Justified, Harkin Says

    Jul 23, 2009

    Farmers are right to be concerned that proposed legislation aimed at reversing climate change may raise their costs and make U.S. exports less competitive, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin said. Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Chemical Makers go on the Offensive in Agriculture

    Jul 23, 2009

    The only green shoots the chemical industry has seen lately are coming from the one-time diminutive agricultural side of the business, a shift that has spurred both new partnerships and legal battles to stake out new territory and protect profits. San Francisco Chronicle Click here to… Full Story »
  • Potato Growers Seek Investigation of ConAgra

    Jul 21, 2009

    Southern Idaho potato growers filed a request with the United States Department of Justice on Friday seeking an investigation into allegations that ConAgra violated anti-trust laws. The Idaho Office of the Attorney General confirmed that it relieved, signed and sent a letter of request on behalf… Full Story »
  • Organizers Share Their Message with Farm Workers

    Jul 21, 2009

    Veering off the paved main road, Justin Flores and Diego Reyes cut onto a dirt road laden with small rocks and dirt bumps. It was minutes past 5 p.m., July 11, and they were paying a visit to a farm worker camp. Click here to… Full Story »
  • More Brockton Women Tilling Soil as Female Farmers

    Jul 21, 2009

    Rebecca Lipton has tilled the soil for 18 years. Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Ontario’s Potato Farmers Facing Threat of Blight

    Jul 20, 2009

    An outbreak of the fungal disease that caused the Irish potato famine is spreading across the northeastern United States and could pose a problem for Ontario's crops if the summer continues to be wet and windy, plant experts say. Ontario Star Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Humid Weather Brings Blight to Island Potato Crops

    Jul 17, 2009

    The weather is being blamed for two cases of late blight found this week in P.E.I. potato fields. CBC News Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Fungus Shows Up On Potato Plant In State

    Jul 16, 2009

    The plant lab at the University of Connecticut diagnosed its first case of late blight affecting a potato plant Tuesday morning and said it's continuing to see new cases of the fungus on tomato plants. Hartford Courant Click here to read the rest of the story.

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