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  • APHIS implements new program

    Oct 9, 2014

    The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has begun implementation of its Federally Recognized State Managed Phytosanitary (FRSMP) program.             The new program establishes a process to federally recognize certain state-managed plant pest programs. The program represents an effort to coordinate U.S. plant… Full Story »
  • PEI seed shipments to U.S. halted

    Oct 9, 2014

    Following the discovery of potato wart on Prince Edward Island (PEI) in August the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of temporary mitigation efforts by CFIA.             No seed potatoes have been exported to the U.S.… Full Story »
  • Valley Irrigation appoints Kaniewski vice president of global operations

    Oct 8, 2014

    Valley Irrigation has appointed Steve Kaniewski its vice president of global operations. Kaniewski will be responsible for global manufacturing, process engineering, supply chain management, quality, order management, safety and logistics.             In 2010 Kaniewski joined Valmont Industries, the parent companny of Valley Irrigation, as corporate vice president of technology.
  • Idaho PCN eradication progresses

    Oct 8, 2014

    The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that six more Idaho fields have successfully completed the greenhouse bioassay phase of the pale cyst nematode (PCN) eradication program.             This brings to seven, the total number of fields that have completed this phase.… Full Story »
  • USDA invests millions in specialty crop grants

    Oct 3, 2014

    USDA has announced that nearly $118 million in grants are now available to strengthen markets for specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. The grants were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill as part of an effort to enhance the… Full Story »
  • OSU researcher dies

    Oct 1, 2014

    Don Horneck, an Oregon State University (OSU) Extension agronomist, died on September 28, 2014. Horneck specialized in soil fertility and crop production at the OSU Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. He graduated from Monmouth College in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and… Full Story »
  • Vertisan MRL established for Japan

    Sep 30, 2014

    Japan has established an MRL 0.06 for DuPont’s Vertisan fungicide for potato imports. Redge Bodily, DuPont sales manager for the Pacific Northwest, advises growers to contact their processor field reps if they have any questions regarding MRLs.
  • 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 »

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