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  • Public comment period opens for Simplot’s Innate potatoes

    May 31, 2014

    The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has made available for public comment its plant pest risk assessment and draft environmental assessment of J.R. Simplot’s Innate potato varieties.             Simplot is seeking a determination of nonregulated status from APHIS for the first generations… Full Story »
  • Fresh potatoes in WIC clears one hurdle

    May 30, 2014

    The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill with language that would include fresh potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. The committee approved the Fiscal Year 2015 House Agriculture Appropriations bill by a vote of 31-18. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives.
  • United Fresh disappointed with action taken by House Appropriations Committee

    May 30, 2014

    United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel issued this statement in response to the action taken by the House Appropriations Committee: “We are deeply disappointed by the vote today by the House Appropriations Committee to roll back school meal nutrition standards that benefit the health… Full Story »
  • PMA launches redesigned website

    May 27, 2014

    In response to member feedback and as part of its new strategic plan implementation, Produce Marketing Association (PMA) unveiled its redesigned website, www.pma.com on Tuesday, May 27. The website is part of the association’s ongoing efforts to bring a complete portfolio of value to members… Full Story »
  • Oberg joins Aceto

    May 26, 2014

    Nathan Oberg has been hired by Aceto Agricultural Chemical as its director for business development.             Oberg’s position will cover Aceto’s postharvest preservation business in North America and emerging markets in China, Russia and the Middle East.             Oberg will be based in Twin Falls,… Full Story »
  • Interim director named for MSU Extension

    May 23, 2014

    Margaret (Maggie) Bethel has been named interim director of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. The announcement was made recently by Fred Poston, dean of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). Ray Hammerschmidt, professor of plant pathology and associate chair in the Department of… Full Story »
  • New insurance policy covers specialty crops

    May 21, 2014

    USDA has announced a new risk management option that will be available for fruit and vegetable growers and producers with diversified farms. The policy, called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, will provide flexible coverage options for specialty crop, organic and diversified crop producers. The program will be… Full Story »
  • Mexico opens for U.S. fresh potatoes

    May 21, 2014

    With Mexico’s implementation of its final rule, fresh potatoes from the United States are now allowed to enter all of Mexico.  The action is part of a bilateral agreement that facilitates trade in fresh potatoes between the two countries.
  • Comment period extended for FSMA sanitation rule

    May 21, 2014

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is extending the comment period 60 days on its proposed rule “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food.” The comment period was scheduled to end May 31, 2014.  The extension also applies to the associated information collection provisions. The proposed rule… Full Story »
  • Fresh potato ban in WIC program may be reviewed

    May 16, 2014

    The National Potato Council (NPC) reports that the U.S. House and  Senate appropriations committees may consider legislations to lift the current ban on fresh potatoes in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             The National Potato Council is asking members… Full Story »

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