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  • Schmidt appointed senior vice president at BioConsortia

    Sep 5, 2014

    Joseph Schmidt has been appointed senior vice president of business development and strategy at BioConsortia.             BioConsortia, based in Davis, California, is developing microbial consortia for agricultural applications resulting in increased fertilizer utilization, growth improvement and other crop traits.             Schmidt previously worked for Bayer CropScience and Agraquest.
  • Bayer CropScience opens R&D site in California

    Sep 5, 2014

    Bayer CropScience recently opened a new research and development center in West Sacramento, California.             The West Sacramento site will serve as the global headquarters of Bayer CropScience’s biologics business. The facility is situated on 10 acres of land and features a 100,00 square foot… Full Story »
  • Breshears joins USPB staff

    Sep 3, 2014

    Kim Breshears is the new marketing programs director for the U.S. Potato Board. Breshears will oversee development and implementation of USPB programs on retail, foodservice, ingredient uses and consumers for all potato products in the domestic and international markets. Breshears was the assistant vice president… Full Story »
  • Michigan potato industry increases production

    Sep 3, 2014

    Michigan potato growers have increased production by 17 percent during the past eight years with 80 percent of the potato crop going to processors. While production is up, there are concerns that late blight could impact this year’s crop by up to 20 percent, according… Full Story »
  • 2015 POTATO EXPO registration opens

    Sep 3, 2014

    Registration for the 2015 POTATO EXPO in Orlando, Florida is now open. The EXPO will be held at Rosen Shingle Creek from  January 7-9. The POTATO EXPO trade show has more than 60,000 square feet of floor space. Featured speakers include journalist Chris Wallace, marketing… Full Story »
  • 2015 ELA nominations open

    Sep 3, 2014

    Nominations are now being accepted for the third annual Spudman 2015 Emerging Leader Award. Sponsored by Bayer CropScience, the award recognizes an individual, age 35  or younger, involved in any segment of the potato industry, from growers and shippers to researchers and marketers. Deadline for… Full Story »
  • NPC awards da Silva 2014-15 scholarship

    Sep 1, 2014

    Washington Luis da Silva, a plant pathology Ph.D. student at Cornell University, is the recipient of the National Potato Council (NPC) 2014-15 academic scholarship.             The $10,000 academic scholarship is awarded by the NPC to a graduate student pursuing advanced studies that will improve the… Full Story »
  • Valmont acquires majority interest in AgSense

    Aug 27, 2014

    Valmont Industries, of Omaha, Nebraska, has purchased a majority interest in AgSense.             Valmont produces products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture. AgSense, based in Huron, South Dakota, uses cloud based information technology that provides a feed of real-time information allowing… Full Story »
  • Burdett joins USPB staff

    Aug 26, 2014

    Amy Burdett has joined the United States Potato Board (USPB) as its marketing operations director.             For the past 16 years Burdett worked at the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Her areas of trade expertise include Asia bilateral and regional affairs, trade policy development and… Full Story »
  • Agrium acquires controlling interest in Agricen

    Aug 26, 2014

    Agrium, through its subsidiary, Loveland Products, has purchased a controlling interest in the biotechnology company Agricen.             Agricen, based in Frisco, Texas, produces biochemical-based products for plant nutrition. Agricen currently manufactures two Loveland products, Accomplish LM and Titan PM, biologically derived products designed to enhance… Full Story »

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