• Potato Stocks Down 11 Percent from Last Year

    Jun 15, 2009

    The 13 major potato states held 44.8 million cwt. of potatoes in storage June 1, down 11 percent from a year ago but 1 percent above June 1, 2007, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Potatoes in storage accounted for 12 percent of the… Full Story »
  • Specialty Crop Grants Available

    Jun 12, 2009

    USDA has invited state departments of agriculture in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands to submit applications for grant funds under the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Farm Bill. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing… Full Story »
  • New York Labor Bill May Die in Senate Turmoil

    Jun 12, 2009

    A bill that would extend to seasonal and other farm workers rights to time-and-a-half overtime pay, a full day off every week, freedom to form unions and other benefits may have been derailed in the New York State Senate as an unintended consequence of a… Full Story »
  • Two Valley Irrigation Products Receive Award

    Jun 12, 2009

    Tracker Mobile and the AutoPilot Linear Control Panel with GPS Ready positioning from Valley Irrigation were recognized with AE50 awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). To be recognized by the ASABE with an AE50 award, a product must have been… Full Story »
  • European Agency Confirms Safety of GM Potato

    Jun 12, 2009

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its scientific assessment of a gene that is present in Amflora, BASF's genetically modified potato, as well as in other GM products. In the past, EFSA has repeatedly assessed the use of this gene with the scientific name… Full Story »
  • Washington State Officials: Ag Immigration Reform Not Coming

    Jun 10, 2009

    Immigration reform to assure Washington agriculture a legal work force likely won't happen this year in Congress, state officials said Friday near the conclusion of a visit to the nation's capital to meet with cabinet-level agencies. Yakima Herald-Republic Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • H-2A Update: Frequently Asked Questions

    Jun 3, 2009

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the latest suspension of the H-2A Final Rule. To see the list, Click here.
  • Boise Fry Eatery Runs Afoul of Idaho Potato Commission

    Jun 3, 2009

    A creative Boise eatery that spotlights Idaho's most famous crop has run afoul of the very agency that promotes its most famous crop. Idaho Press-Tribune Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • DuPont Files Suit Against BASF Over Weed Killer Trait

    Jun 2, 2009

    DuPont Co. is suing rival BASF SE, claiming the German chemicals giant is infringing four patents for a herbicide-tolerant technology and seeking compensation. Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Labor Department Suspends New H-2A Rule

    May 29, 2009

    It's back to the old rules for H-2A employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is suspending the H-2A Final Rule that went into effect Jan. 17. That Final Rule amended the regulations governing the certification for temporary employment of non-immigrant workers in agricultural occupations on a… Full Story »

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