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  • Farms recharge groundwater

    Apr 20, 2016

    Farmers use the lion’s share of California’s groundwater, but they also do the most to rebuild depleted reserves of this critically important water source. We talked to Graham Fogg—a groundwater expert at UC Davis and a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center research network—about farmland groundwater… Full Story »
  • BioSafe adds technical agronomist

    Apr 20, 2016

    BioSafe Systems has added Manuel Campos to its agriculture sales team as a technical agronomist, starting May 2. Campos’ territory includes Mexico and he will be based in Weslaco, Texas. With a focus on pre-and post-harvest, he will spearhead sales goals to establish consistent, direct communication with strategic distribution… Full Story »
  • Ross Johnson joins Potatoes USA

    Apr 20, 2016

    Potatoes USA has hired Ross Johnson as its new global marketing manager for retail.   Johnson has spent several years working in the consumer packaged goods industry for Kraft and ConAgra Foods. He graduated from Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, with his Bachelor’s in business… Full Story »
  • Study: ag workers migrating less

    Apr 20, 2016

    America’s seasonal agricultural industry suffered from a perceived labor shortage in recent years as the average migrant workers became significantly less mobile, according to a new study from Ball State University.  “Why Do Fewer Agricultural Workers Migrate Now?” found farm workers who migrate and work on… Full Story »
  • Potatoes USA chef nominee wins United Fresh award

    Apr 20, 2016

    Chef Oliver Plust, chef and part owner of Tender Greens restaurant, is the award winner of the 2016 Quick Service Restaurants category of the United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice awards program, based on the nomination by Potatoes USA. Plust attended the board’s sponsored “Menu Innovation with Potatoes” chef… Full Story »
  • $4M in grants available for IPM research

    Apr 18, 2016

    The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made $4 million available to support research and extension efforts to mitigate pest issues and increase crop protection practices for the agricultural community. This funding is made through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Program, administered by NIFA. Funding… Full Story »
  • APHIS conducting supplemental EA for PCN in eastern Idaho

    Apr 18, 2016

    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has posted a supplemental environmental assessment (EA) for pale cyst nematode (PCN) in Bingham and Bonneville Counties in eastern Idaho. The EA is open for public comments through May 28. According to APHIS, “the purpose of this… Full Story »
  • Organic industry continues growth

    Apr 18, 2016

    Earlier this month, my agency – the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – released data showing that there are now more than 21,000 certified organic operations in the United States, and more than 31,000 around the world.  These numbers represent an increase of almost 12 percent between 2014… Full Story »
  • USDA funds food safety programs for small farms

    Apr 18, 2016

    USDA has made $4.7 million available in grants for food safety education, training, and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers, food hubs, farmers’… Full Story »
  • Belchim takes stake in Engage Agro

    Apr 18, 2016

    Belchim Crop Protection is acquiring a significant minority stake in the Canadian company, Engage Agro. The agreement, which will take effect in May, was signed between Dirk Putteman, CEO of Belchim Crop Protection, and Ray Chyc of Engage Agro, along with a number of other shareholders. Engage… Full Story »

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