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  • Potato, Onion Shipper Going Out up for Sale

    Dec 2, 2004

    The Hollandale Marketing Association (HMA), growers and shippers of potatoes and onions, announced this afternoon that its operations will cease when it is finished shipping this year’s crop. Shareholders voted Dec. 2 to put the business up for sale. “Changing markets and erratic weather… Full Story »
  • Nebraska Governor Nominated to Become Secretary of Agriculture

    Dec 2, 2004

    Nebraska’s Gov. Mike Johanns has been nominated to become the next secretary of agriculture. Current Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman announced her resignation in November. In accepting Pres. George Bush’s nomination, Johanns said: “As governor of Nebraska, I have devoted a substantial amount of my time… Full Story »
  • U.S. Fall Production Down 1 Percent, Idaho Up 7 Percent

    Nov 19, 2004

    Nationally, production of fall potatoes is forecast at 408 million cwt., down 1 percent from a year ago. Area harvested, at 1.02 million acres, is down 6 percent from last year. The average yield for the fall crop is estimated at 398 cwt. – up… Full Story »
  • Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman Resigns

    Nov 15, 2004

    Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman resigned Nov. 15, completing four years of service as a leader in the Bush Administration.  “Secretary Veneman has been a strong supporter of the fruit and vegetable industry, and most importantly, a good personal friend,” said Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Fruit… Full Story »
  • Idaho Potato Conference to be Jan. 18-20

    Nov 9, 2004

    The 2005 University of Idaho Potato Conference will be held Jan. 18-20 at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. The conference will feature two days of educational sessions. The Ag Expo will begin Jan. 18 and run through the end of the conference. Conference seminars… Full Story »
  • Growers form United Fresh Potato Growers of Idaho

    Nov 5, 2004

    The first super cooperative ever for U.S. fresh potatoes has been formed and will initially represent 60 percent of all fresh potatoes grown in Idaho and 20 percent of all fresh potatoes in the country. Responding to several years of depressed farm prices for fresh potatoes,… Full Story »
  • Cottom Seed Acquires Skone and Connors

    Nov 4, 2004

    In September, Cottom Seed purchased the Skone and Connors Seed operation in Dillon, Mont. The company is now named Cottom Seed, Inc. Cottom Seed is operated by Bill Cottom and sons, Steve and David, along with their wives, Dixie, Cathy and Lesli. Currently, three generations are involved… Full Story »
  • Washington Ag Reaches Near Record Production

    Nov 2, 2004

    The value of Washington's agricultural production for 2003 reached a near record $5.75 billion, 3.1 percent above 2002, according to the USDA Washington Agricultural Statistics Service (WASS). The record stands at $5.88 billion, which was set in 1995. "Having seen ups and downs in the ag… Full Story »
  • Reason Registered for Early, Late and Tuber Blight

    Oct 18, 2004

    REASON, from Bayer CropScience, has been registered by the EPA for preventing early, late and tuber blight. REASON is classified as a reduced-risk fungicide. “With REASON, growers now have a locally-systemic, foliar fungicide with strong translaminar and anti-sporulant properties that kill at multiple stages during the… Full Story »
  • Winter Potato Production Up 20 Percent

    Oct 18, 2004

    Winter potato production for 2004 has been revised to 4.82 million cwt. – up 38 percent from the April forecast and 20 percent above 2003. Harvested area of 18,500 acres in the two winter potato states – California and Florida – is 32 percent above… Full Story »

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