• Empire Farm Days to feature Spud Nation food truck

    Jul 12, 2016

    The 2016 edition of the Empire Farm Days will welcome the Spud Nation Food Truck, a 2016 initiative of the Potatoes USA. The food truck will visit Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, New York, Aug. 9-11. Empire Farm Days began as the Potato Field Days organized by the Empire… Full Story »
  • Senate approves GMO labeling bill

    Jul 8, 2016

    By a vote of 63-30 the Senate voted to approve S.764, the Roberts-Stabenow genetically modified organism (GMO) legislation. The legislation establishes federal preemption for labeling foods that contain GMO ingredients and provides the option of labeling those foods with either an on-package disclosure, a symbol… Full Story »
  • Tummers improves potato treatment in washing

    Jul 7, 2016

    Tummers is focusing on technical improvements to guarantee 24/7 working environment without unforeseen downtime during the production hours, according to the company. It is generally thought that industrial washers are too rough on the product and can cause bruising and damage of the potatoes. Based… Full Story »
  • Late blight found in Michigan’s Branch County

    Jul 7, 2016

    Late blight was found in a potato plant near Bronson, Michigan, in Branch County on July 5, 2016 (Photos 1-2). Initial genotyping confirmed isolates as US-23 by GPI isomerase testing. Mating type and Ridomil sensitivity are underway.               Photo… Full Story »
  • Potato plantings up in Michigan, down nationwide

    Jul 7, 2016

    Plantings for the 2016 fall potato crop are down across the nation by 28,200 acres, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released June 30. Michigan is bucking the trend by increasing its plantings from 46,000 acres in 2015 to 48,000 acres this year,… Full Story »
  • Idaho Pacific sold to Arlon Group

    Jul 7, 2016

    NOVACAP has sold Idaho Pacific, a company specializing in dehydrated potato products (IPH) to Arlon Group, a food and agriculture investment firm. IPH has been a portfolio company of the NOVACAP Industries III fund since May 2011. Idaho Pacific produces dehydrated potato products for the foodservice,… Full Story »
  • Purdue, MSU provide irrigation tools

    Jul 7, 2016

    For over 25 years, Michigan State University and Purdue University have been developing and improving tools to assist in irrigation management. “Checkbook” irrigation scheduling is still a key factor in irrigation management. MSU and Purdue have developed irrigation scheduling tools that range from a paper system… Full Story »
  • University of Minnesota to host field day July 19

    Jul 6, 2016

    The Minnesota Area II Potato Research and Promotion Council has scheduled a Potato Field Day on Tuesday, July 19 at the University of Minnesota Sand Plain Research Farm in Becker. The programming begins at 2:30 p.m. Sain Plain researchers will discuss ESN Smart Nitrogen results on corn and potatoes.… Full Story »
  • Colorado Potato Beetles plentiful in Red River Valley

    Jul 6, 2016

    It's shaping up to be a Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) year in the Red River Valley. Seems even if an at-plant insecticide was applied, CPB are plentiful in some fields. There are a few possible reasons this is happening. The past winter was a good… Full Story »
  • Mexican judge bans U.S. fresh potatoes

    Jul 5, 2016

    A federal judge in Mexico’s northern state of Sinaola issued a decree that banned  fresh potatoes imported from the United States.  According to the Reuters News Agency the judged ruled that Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fish and Food (SAGARPA) could not guarantee… Full Story »

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