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  • Potato grower transforms land into haven for pollinators

    Jul 1, 2015

    The biggest potato grower in the U.S. has planted the largest Operation Pollinator establishment in the country. R.D. Offutt Company, founded in 1964, has grown to include farming operations that produce more than 60,000 acres of potatoes annually. Its Minnesota farm group recently planted 600… Full Story »
  • WOTUS rule effective date set for Aug. 28

    Jun 30, 2015

    On Monday June 29, 2015, the EPA published the final Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, in the federal register setting the effective date for Aug. 28, 2015. According to the text of the rule, the rule is meant… Full Story »
  • NCPA launches new website

    Jun 29, 2015

    The North Carolina Potato Association (NCPA) has launched its redesigned website, NCPotatoes.org. The website provides information about North Carolina potatoes, connects growers with customers and provides updates on the latest potato research.
  • Senate approves TPA

    Jun 28, 2015

    The U.S. Senate voted in favor of trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation, sending the bill to President Obama for his signature. Passage of TPA clears one obstacle for the completion of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. TPA, also known as “fast track”, allows President Obama… Full Story »
  • Late blight reported in Wisconsin

    Jun 28, 2015

    On June 23, 2015 late blight was confirmed in a commercial potato field in northern Adams County in Wisconsin. According to Amanda Gevens, University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor and Extension vegetable plant pathologist,  the field was at 40 percent emergence and the disease appeared to… Full Story »
  • Late blight recommendations for 2015

    Jun 24, 2015

    Late blight has not been reported to date in Michigan but conditions remain conducive for late blight development according to a report released by Willie Kirk, Michigan State University associate professor of plant pathology and Extension specialist for potatoes and Noah Rosenzweig, Michigan State University… Full Story »
  • Potato price-fixing lawsuit remains unsettled

    Jun 24, 2015

    The announcement by the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho of preliminary approval of a $25 million negotiated settlement of an antitrust class action lawsuit does not mean an end to the issue. The suit alleged that United Potato Growers of America (UPGA),… Full Story »
  • PMA meets with industry thought leaders to address produce safety policy

    Jun 24, 2015

    Produce Marketing Association officials convened leaders of the fresh produce industry, regulatory officials, and esteemed members of academia for a Produce Safety Policy Conference in Washington D.C. Topics discussed during the event were the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) work regarding Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation and Listeria monocytogenes food safety… Full Story »
  • Webinar explains bee protection proposal; comment period extended

    Jun 19, 2015

    EPA is hosting a public webinar that will provide background information and additional details about its proposed plan to prohibit the use of all highly toxic pesticides when crops are in bloom and bees are present under contract for pollination services. The plan also recommends… Full Story »
  • New study shows crop rotation has positive impact on soil health

    Jun 19, 2015

    A study authored by Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences assistant professor Lisa Tiemann is the first of its kind to show that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities… Full Story »

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