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  • Scholarships available for college students

    Sep 25, 2014

    Deadlines are approaching for undergraduate or graduate students who wish to be  candidates for a Vegetable Industry Scholarship or a Jordan Tatter Scholarship. Both of these scholarships are intended for students who are preparing for a career connected to the fruit and vegetable industries, preferably… Full Story »
  • FDA releases supplemental proposed rules for FSMA

    Sep 19, 2014

    On Sept. 19, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the supplemental proposed rules on produce safety, preventive controls for human food, foreign supplier verification programs and preventive controls for animal feed under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Based on FDA’s outreach efforts and public comments, the FDA… Full Story »
  • NPC hires Steve Holton

    Sep 12, 2014

    Steve Holton is the new director of corporate and public relations for the National Potato Council (NPC). Holton replaces Mark Szymanski, who has become the communications director for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Holton has more than 10 years combined work experience as… Full Story »
  • Murray Mahany dies at 81

    Sep 8, 2014

    A leader of the New York potato industry, as well as the United States and globally, Murray Mahany, 81, of Arkport, New York, passed away on Sept. 5, 2014. He hosted Cornell University potato variety trials on his farm annually. In 1996, one Cornell variety,… Full Story »
  • PAA honors four with Honorary Life Member awards

    Sep 5, 2014

    Chuck Brown, Jim Zalewski, Sam Thornton and Phil Nolte were recognized by The Potato Association of America (PAA) as Honorary Life Members during its 98th annual meeting held in Spokane, Washington this summer. Brown is a research geneticist at the Agricultural Research Service in Prosser,… Full Story »
  • Big Idaho potato truck to keep rolling

    Sep 5, 2014

    The message that they “grow them big in Idaho” will keep on rolling for another two years. The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) has decided that the great big Idaho potato truck will continue to take its message across the U.S. for two more years.            … Full Story »
  • 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 »

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