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  • Disease-carrying potato psyllids increase in the Northwest

    Aug 14, 2015

    The potato psyllid insect pest is being seen in rapidly growing numbers across the Pacific Northwest, but few so far have been found to carry a potentially devastating disease. Last week, Washington State University (WSU) Extension researchers found the bugs on 79 percent of field… Full Story »
  • ASABE creates new technical committee for unmanned aerial systems

    Aug 14, 2015

    The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announced the formation of a new technical committee focused on unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Joining more than three dozen established committees in the Society’s Machinery Systems technical community, the UAS committee, designated MS-60, will focus on research,… Full Story »
  • Late blight continues to spread in Idaho

    Aug 13, 2015

    As of August 12, 2015, late blight has been confirmed in four counties, Minidoka, Bingham, Power and Bonneville. The US 23 late blight strain has been identified in Minidoka, Bingham and Power, samples from Bonneville County have been submitted for testing. Phil Wharton, potato pathologist… Full Story »
  • New safety-training website created for agriculture

    Aug 13, 2015

    Farm and other agribusiness operations looking for convenient, cost-effective ways to improve workplace safety and meet compliance requirements under the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) have a new option available online. Good Day’s Work is a web-based business that combines an expanding library of employee safety-training videos (available in… Full Story »
  • High Performance Management Conference set for September

    Aug 13, 2015

    Now in its third year, Produce Marketing Association Foundation for Industry Talent’s (PMA Foundation) High Performance Management Conference (HPMC) offers produce and floral industry members a chance to reinforce training for their managers and other mid-level positions. HPMC, set for Sept. 14-17 in Chicago, encourages participants to… Full Story »
  • Potato late blight update and late-season recommendations

    Aug 13, 2015

    Potato late blight has been found in a few more fields in Montcalm County, Newaygo County and in two fields in St. Joseph County in southern Michigan in 2015. Some crops in southern Michigan are now in early decline and ready to be desiccated or… Full Story »
  • U.S. farm real estate value increased 2.4 percent

    Aug 12, 2015

    The United States farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $3,020 per acre for 2015, up 2.4 percent from 2014 values. Regional changes in the average value of farm real estate ranged from a 6.1… Full Story »
  • New executive director at BPIA

    Aug 11, 2015

    Keith Jones is the new executive director of the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA). He replaced Bill Stoneman, beginning Aug. 10. Jones is an attorney specializing in environmental affairs. He also has a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s a really… Full Story »
  • Ag-Biotech expands capability, moves to new facility

    Aug 11, 2015

    Ag-Biotech has moved its offices and laboratories to a new, larger facility that allows for enhanced service capabilities, according to the company. The premises, at 9701 Blue Larkspur Lane, Suite A, Monterey, California, will house new equipment and accommodate plans for expanded services. The new site,… Full Story »
  • Shunping Ding receives NPC academic scholarship

    Aug 10, 2015

    The National Potato Council (NPC) has awarded Shunping Ding, a Ph.D. student in plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, its 2015-16 academic scholarship. The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student with an emphasis in research that can benefit the potato industry.… Full Story »

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