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  • Calloway elected WSPC chairman

    Jun 24, 2016

    Rex Calloway of Quincy was elected chairman of the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) during its annual meeting. Calloway succeeds Mike Dodds as chairman, and will begin his term on July 1. Dodds will continue to serve on the commission and the WSPC executive committee… Full Story »
  • NPC endorses Roberts-Stabenow GMO legislation

    Jun 24, 2016

    The National Potato Council (NPC) issued a press release supporting legislation released by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) establishing a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods. If passed, the legislation preempts all state labeling laws related to the… Full Story »
  • US Senate reaches deal on GMO labeling

    Jun 23, 2016

    Senate lawmakers reached a deal Thursday, June 23 to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients, just eight days before Vermont's first-in-the-nation labeling law takes effect in July. The bipartisan legislation, reached following weeks of negotiations between Senate Agriculture Committee members Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., would… Full Story »
  • WPIB increases assessment by one cent

    Jun 23, 2016

    The Wisconsin Potato Industry Board unanimously passed a motion at its June 16 meeting that will dedicate $500,000 per year for the next ten years toward a potato research fund. The motion includes an assessment increase of one cent per hundredweight effective July 1, and an allocation of $250,000… Full Story »
  • McCain Foods expands New Brunswick facility

    Jun 23, 2016

    McCain Foods (Canada) is expanding its Florenceville-Bristol french fry plant. The expansion will create 40 to 50 new jobs, according to McCain Foods. The company is adding a new production line to meet growing demands for hash brown patties and similar potato products.  The $65-million investment will… Full Story »
  • MPB announces 2016 Farm Family of the Year

    Jun 22, 2016

    The Maine Potato Board (MPB) of directors selected the family of Jerry Flewelling and his son, Bruce Flewelling, of Easton, as the MPB 2016 Farm Family of the Year. The Flewelling family includes Bruce, his wife Valorie and their sons, Nicholas and Christopher. Jerry Flewelling,… Full Story »
  • Heavy rain hits Northern Plains potatoes

    Jun 21, 2016

    Heavy rain pounded the northern Red River Valley on Friday (June 17) morning causing additional damage to crops on fields that were already saturated. Wind and hail also caused some damage but excessive rain will be the big story when crop losses are tallied up in the… Full Story »
  • United Fresh hires new Food Safety & Technology VP

    Jun 21, 2016

    United Fresh Produce Association has named Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D., as its new vice president of Food Safety & Technology. She succeeds David Gombas, who retired from the association June 1 after 11 years leading its food safety program. Most recently, McEntire served as vice president for… Full Story »
  • Processor appeals $213,000 safety violation fine

    Jun 21, 2016

    Washington Potato Co. is appealing a $213,000 fine from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries, the Tri-City Herald reports. The potato processor was reportedly fined for repeat safety violations. Here's more from the Tri-City Herald: The state inspected the plant after a worker was seriously injured when… Full Story »
  • 2016 Potato stocks drop from 2015 total

    Jun 21, 2016

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that potato stocks held in storage by 13 major potato states on June 1, 2016, were down 7 percent compared to stocks in storage on June 1, 2015. Potatoes in storage for 2016 were 52.2 million cwt. Potatoes… Full Story »

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