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  • Hydraulic fracturing spills on farms need scrutiny

    Jun 2, 2016

    Hydraulic fracturing, a widely used method for extracting oil and gas from otherwise impenetrable shale and rock formations, involves not only underground injections composed mostly of water, but also a mixture of chemical additives. These chemicals range from toxic biocides and surfactants, to corrosion inhibitors… Full Story »
  • Dosatron debuts new Nutrient Delivery System kits

    Jun 1, 2016

    Dosatron International today introduces the 1 ½-inchNutrient Delivery System Kits. The three kits are powered by Dosatron dosers and consist of a Starter Kit, Mixing Chamber Kit, and Monitor Kit. The 1 ½-inch kits were designed for larger indoor and outdoor environments, according to the company.… Full Story »
  • Farm Bureau supports ruling on water regulation

    Jun 1, 2016

    A unanimous Supreme Court ruled landowners can appeal when the Army Corps of Engineers determines that a body of water is subject to federal jurisdiction. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has issued the following statement in support of the court's ruling. Landowners have attempted many times to challenge Corps… Full Story »
  • OSHA fines potato processor $273,000 for gas release

    May 31, 2016

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found an Idaho potato processor failed to safeguard employees and was unprepared to respond to a potentially lethal release of 1,300 lbs. of anhydrous ammonia on Dec. 1, 2015. OSHA has issued Dickinson Frozen Foods a $273,000 fine. The company received 19 serious… Full Story »
  • Potandon promotes two sales staff

    May 31, 2016

    Potandon Produce has made two promotions in its sales department.   J.P. Surerus, formerly the senior sales manager has been promoted to director of sales. Surerus has 22 years of experience in the potato industry, the last five as a sales manager with Potandon. Stephanie Bench, formerly… Full Story »
  • Brand naming expert to keynote at BrandStorm

    May 31, 2016

    Alexandra Watkins, founder & chief innovation officer at Eat My Words, and author of the No. 1 bestseller “Hello, My Name is Awesome…How to Create Brand Names That Stick,” will present the closing general session at the second annual BrandStorm on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in San Francisco, California.… Full Story »
  • USDA extends recording farm structure deadline

    May 27, 2016

    The USDA is providing farms a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the applicable program year. The… Full Story »
  • Simplot signs new deal with Tasmanian growers

    May 27, 2016

    Simplot has agreed to pay its suppliers in Tasmania 5 percent more. The increase is set to be phased in over the next three years.  The contract with Simplot was negotiated by a growers' collective bargain group. Here's more from ABC Rural:  [The group was] headed by Scottsdale… Full Story »
  • Registration open for NPC Summer Meeting

    May 27, 2016

    Registration is now open for the 2016 National Potato Council Summer Meeting, July 13-15 in Park City, Utah.  The meeting will discuss federal policy impacting potato production, such as ongoing trade affairs, EPA's reviews of pesticides, and an update on state vs. national GMO labeling. The meeting,… Full Story »
  • Sweet potato project enlists growers to fight food insecurity

    May 27, 2016

    The Dane County (Wisconsin) Sweet Potato Project has enlisted growers to fight food insecurity in the area. Project participants and growers have donated more than 5,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to food pantries since the project began. Here's more from Wisconsin Public Radio:  Launched in 2013,… Full Story »

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