• UK laboratory prepares for GM potato trials

    Jun 14, 2016

    The Sainsbury Laborartory (TSL), located in Norwich, U.K., is preparing for trials of genetically modified potatoes. The goal of the project is to develop a Maris Piper potato that is blight-resistant, bruises less and produces less acrylamide, the Eastern Daily Press reports. The research team behind… Full Story »
  • Potato cyst nematode’s ‘toolkit’ revealed

    Jun 13, 2016

    Parasitic nematode worms are the `hidden enemy’ of farmers world-wide, causing billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year. Now an international research collaboration led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute (JHI) has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the… Full Story »
  • ConAgra expands operations in Washington

    Jun 13, 2016

    ConAgra Foods' Lamb Weston business will expand operations at its facility in Richland, Washington, with the addition of a new french fry processing line. The more than $200 million investment is expected to add 128 full time positions. Construction on the state-of-the-art processing line is expected… Full Story »
  • United Fresh publishes white paper on Vermont labeling law

    Jun 10, 2016

    United Fresh Produce Association has published a white paper and legal backgrounder to assist member companies in understanding and complying with a labeling law for genetically engineered foods due to go in effect in Vermont on July 1. The white paper advises retailers about the small number of commodities that… Full Story »
  • Frozen exports of US potatoes increases

    Jun 9, 2016

    For frozen total exports to the world are up 4 percent by volume and 1 percent in value, with U.S. exports to the world up 9 percent in volume and 5 percent by value. To the Potatoes USA target markets exports from the key suppliers are up 8 percent with U.S.… Full Story »
  • Microalgae-based soil amendment registered

    Jun 9, 2016

    Heliae Development has registered its new PhycoTerra soil amendment for use on specialty crops grown in the United States. Current registration information is available on the PhycoTerra website. At the core of PhycoTerra is Heliae’s proprietary stabilized mixotrophic microalgal cultures, the company said. Heliae uses a unique pasteurization… Full Story »
  • Valley Agronomics breaks ground for fertilizer plant

    Jun 9, 2016

    Valley Agronomics held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new fertilizer distribution center on June 8, with Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter in attendance. The plant is located next to the J.R. Simplot Don plant, which produces phosphate fertilizer in eastern Power County, near the Pocatello city… Full Story »
  • Green Bank Observatory helps promote potato growing

    Jun 9, 2016

    The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to grow potatoe as cash crops with the help of the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank. Area farmers recently completed planting six five-acre plots between the Observatory headquarters and the Green Bank Telescope, the Charleston… Full Story »
  • Washington state late blight strain identified

    Jun 9, 2016

    Dennis Johnson, Washington State University plant pathologist, said that the late blight reported in Washington state last week has been identified as the US8 strain, which is mefenoxam and metalaxyl resistant. The strain was found in Walla Walla County near Burbank, Washington. US 8 and… Full Story »
  • Q1 2016 Fresh Facts on Retail report released

    Jun 8, 2016

    Organic produce sales have surpassed the $1 billion mark, while consumers continue to drive demand for convenience and value-added items, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s Q1 2016 edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report. These and other highlights will be featured in the workshop “Who’s… Full Story »

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