• Organics Initiative Gets $50 Million in EQIP Funds

    May 8, 2009

    USDA has designated $50 million for a “new initiative to meet the Obama administration’s promise to encourage more organic agriculture production.” Funding for the initiative is being made available as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The announcement was made by Agriculture Deputy Secretary… Full Story »
  • Obama Plans to Provide Settlement Funds for Black Farmers

    May 7, 2009

    President Obama announced his plans to include settlement funds for black farmers in the FY 2010 budget to bring closure to their long-standing lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Sheriff: Potato Planter Ran Over, Killed Worker

    May 7, 2009

    Langlade County Sheriff William Greening says a 50-year-old farm worker was run over when a potato planter having mechanical problems backed over him and another worker. WXOW Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Key Introduces Potato Processing Equipment

    May 6, 2009

    Key Technology has introduced its first optical sorting system for whole potatoes. Optyx WPS for whole potatoes achieves a three-way sort using a combination of air ejectors to remove foreign material and a unique deflector system to separate potatoes for rework from good potatoes. Maximizing… Full Story »
  • Robots Bring Change to U.S. Farming

    May 6, 2009

    Mechanization has made the modern farmer's life a lot easier. The Cutting Edge Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Border Agency Restarts Potato Dumping Review

    May 5, 2009

    A 25-year-old anti-dumping duty on imports of certain packages and types of U.S. potatoes into the British Columbia market will again be reviewed this summer, this time probing potato values during the 2007-08 crop year. The Canada Border Services Agency said Monday it has launched its… Full Story »
  • Contracts for Potatoes not Completed

    May 1, 2009

    Just when it looked as if spring had arrived, southern Alberta was hit with one last snowstorm. The wet and sloppy snow put the brakes on seeding campaigns across the region but for potato growers, it should not cause much concern. Vauxhall Advance Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • More than Just Potato Chips

    Apr 29, 2009

    What began as a small idea has grown into reality, bringing numerous possibilities to the Upper Valley and the potential for bigger opportunities. The Waterville-based Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company Inc. officially open its doors on Saturday morning, with a ribbon cutting, free tour of the… Full Story »
  • 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. 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 »

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