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  • Late blight reported in Wisconsin

    Jul 24, 2014

    Late blight has been reported in Wisconsin’s Portage County. The strain is of the US-8 genotype. The US-8 genotype is resistant to mefenoxam/metalaxyl fungicides listed in FRAC Group 4. For more information visit this University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension website.
  • PILI applications now accepted

    Jul 23, 2014

    Applications for the 2015 Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) are now being accepted by the National Potato Council (NPC) and the U.S. Potato Board (USPB). PILI consists of 20 potato growers and industry representatives from across the country. The annual eight-day program will be held… Full Story »
  • Mexico reopens zone for U.S. fresh potatoes

    Jul 9, 2014

    The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has resumed issuing phytosanitary certificates for the export of U.S. fresh potatoes into Mexico’s 26-kilometer zone bordering the U.S. According to Mark Szymanski,National Potato Council director of public relations, these phytosanitary certificates being issued are based… Full Story »
  • Cooperative approach could overcome H-2A challenges

    Jul 8, 2014

    To combat recent labor shortages, agriculture groups in Michigan are developing what might be a singular solution: a cooperative H-2A program. “I’m not aware of similar programs,” said Sarah Pion, Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) regional representative for southwest Michigan. “I think this is one of… Full Story »
  • 2014 fall potato acreage increases

    Jul 7, 2014

    The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) crop acreage report shows an increase of 13,500 acres of fall potato acres planted nationally compared to the 2013 total. According to NASS, fall acres planted for 2014 totaled 955,400 compared to 941,900 in 2013, an increase of… Full Story »
  • Verdesian purchases Specialty Fertilizer Products

    Jul 2, 2014

    Verdesian, based in Cary, North Carolina,  has added Specialty Fertilizer Products (SFP), based in Leawood, Kansas, to its portfolio of plant health and nutrition products. With the acquisition of SFP, Verdesian adds AVAIL phosphorus fertilizer enhancer, NutriSphere-N nitrogen fertilizer and More Than Manure nutrient manager… Full Story »
  • UPGI releases 2014 potato acreage

    Jun 30, 2014

    The United Potato Growers of Idaho (UPGI) announced that Idaho growers have planted 321,462 acres of potatoes for 2014, a two percent increase from UPGI’s 2013 survey. UPGI said that their counting teams drove over 13,000 miles and surveyed 3.1 million acres to reach the… Full Story »
  • WSPC elects new executive committee

    Jun 24, 2014

    The Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) elected  a new executive committee for 2014-2015. Nelson Cox was named chairman. His term begins on July 1. Cox succeeds Jared Balcom as chairman. Balcom has served on the WSPC since 2005. He will continue to serve on the… Full Story »
  • BASF donates $17,000 to food bank

    Jun 12, 2014

    BASF donated $17,000 to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina prior to a special showing of the documentary movie, “Farmland.”             “Farmland” documents the lives of six young farmers and ranchers from across the United States. The movie was produced and directed… Full Story »
  • Lawsuit closes Mexico to U.S. fresh potatoes

    Jun 12, 2014

    Mexico has closed its border to U.S. fresh potatoes following a lawsuit filed by Comite Nacional Sistema Producto Papa, (CONPAPA), a Mexican potato grower organization. CONPAPA filed the lawsuit against Mexico’s Department of Agriculture, SAGARPA, seeking curtailment of the recent agreement allowing importation of U.S.… Full Story »

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