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  • Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed, fuel

    Aug 4, 2016

    As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato vines, usually thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while… Full Story »
  • USDA awards $36.5 million for research, Extension

    Aug 4, 2016

    USDA has issued 19 grants totaling $36.5 million for research and extension to support American farmers growing fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture. The grants are funded through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop… Full Story »
  • Psyllids, new varieties hot topics at Texas A&M field day

    Aug 4, 2016

    The hot potato news in the High Plains is harvest is underway, psyllids are threatening unharvested fields and new varieties are showing lots of promise. These were some of the “headlines” shared with about 60 producers and researchers gathered recently for the 25th annual Texas… Full Story »
  • Calyxt to develop improved potato

    Aug 3, 2016

    Calyxt, an agbiotech company focused on developing crops with healthier characteristics, is planning to launch a second wave of products in 2019, including a potato. The new variety will have an inactivated enzyme that will reduce the degradation of sugars in the tuber, minimizing the… Full Story »
  • Felsot to serve as ESA’s pesticide expert

    Aug 3, 2016

    Allan Felsot, a professor and extension specialist at Washington State University, has been selected to serve as a subject matter expert (SME) and liaison with the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (EPA-OPP). As ESA's SME, he will serve as a liaison between the academic entomology community… Full Story »
  • GMO food labeling bill becomes law

    Aug 1, 2016

    On July 29, President Barack Obama signed S. 764, the Biotech Food Labeling Bill, otherwise known as the GMO labeling bill. The President’s signature now directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard. Read the contents of the bill here.
  • Late blight found in Michigan’s St. Joseph County

    Jul 28, 2016

    Late blight was found in three more potato fields in Michigan’s St. Joseph County on Monday, July 25.            Photo 1. Sporulating late blight lesion with white, velvety mycelial growth. Initial genotyping confirmed isolates as US-23 by GPI isomerase testing. Mating… Full Story »
  • Weather devastates crop in North Dakota

    Jul 27, 2016

    The heart of "Potato Country" in northeast North Dakota was devastated by baseball size hail that lasted up to 35 minutes last Tuesday night. The worst hail damage was along Highway 18 from Mountain to Hoople in Pembina and Walsh Counties but heavy rain, hail… Full Story »
  • Trimble forms new agribusiness solutions group

    Jul 27, 2016

    Trimble has established a business solutions group within its agriculture division. The Trimble Agriculture Business Solutions group will provide customers with technology integration across their business and data solutions. The Agriculture Business Solutions group combines portfolios from Agri-Data, the Connected Farm solution, Farm Works Software solution, Cengea… Full Story »
  • Late blight spreads in Columbia Basin

    Jul 26, 2016

    Washington State University (WSU) Extension has released a special issue of Potato Pest Alert regarding the spread of late blight to more fields in the Columbia Basin. Dennis Johnson, WSU professor and Extension plant pathologist, reported the following information in the alert. Late blight has spread and is… Full Story »

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