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  • Douches receives MSU honor

    Feb 5, 2014

    David Douches, professor in Michigan State University’s (MSU) department of plant, soil and microbial science, has been selected to receive the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. Douches is one of four members of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) who have been… Full Story »
  • Washington, Colorado food banks benefit from Super Bowl bet

    Feb 5, 2014

    A Super Bowl bet between the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) and the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (CPAC) has resulted in 25,500 pounds of potatoes being donated to food banks in both Seattle and Denver. The bet between the two organizations was for 500 pounds… Full Story »
  • Agricultural groups hail passage of farm bill

    Feb 4, 2014

    Specialty crop advocates are hailing the U.S. Senate’s passage Feb. 4, by a vote of 68-32, of the conference report to the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The legislation now goes to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. "This… Full Story »
  • R.D. Offutt warehouse burns down

    Jan 30, 2014

    An R.D. Offutt potato warehouse in Perham, Minn., was destroyed by a fire that started Tuesday evening, Jan. 21. Along with the building and some inventory, R.D. Offutt reported that it lost loading equipment in the fire.             No one was injured and the cause… Full Story »
  • Super Bowl spud bet benefits food banks

    Jan 30, 2014

    The executive directors of the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) and the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (CPAC) have made a friendly wager on the outcome of this Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.             For every point scored in the… Full Story »
  • Makhteshim Agan and U.S. subsidiary MANA rebranding to ADAMA

    Jan 29, 2014

    MANA will begin operating under the new corporate name of ADAMA beginning in the second quarter of 2014.             Adama comes from the Hebrew word for "earth."             ADAMA’s parent company is based in Israel. The U.S. subsidiary is based in Raleigh, N.C.             For… Full Story »
  • House passes farm bill

    Jan 29, 2014

    The agriculture community is responding positively after the House of Representatives passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (by a vote of 251-166) on Jan. 29. The farm bill conference report provides an overall increase in investment of 55 percent over 2008 Farm Bill funding levels… Full Story »
  • Groups comment on pair of FSMA import rules

    Jan 28, 2014

    The comment period expired Jan. 27 on the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals, known in short as the foreign supplier verification rule, that is part of the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The import safety rules also… Full Story »
  • Committee reaches farm bill agreement

    Jan 28, 2014

    Top House and Senate agriculture committee leaders announced Jan. 27 a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that among other things would eliminate direct payments, revise commodity supports, enhance crop insurance, and streamline conservation programs. The legislation was reported out of the House Rules Committee, setting… Full Story »
  • TOMRA to demonstrate two systems at Fruit Logistica

    Jan 20, 2014

    TOMRA Sorting Solutions will demonstrate two of its sensor-based systems at this year’s Fruit Logistica. The company will showcase its Field Potato Sorter (FPS) and Genius optical belt sorter at the event, taking place at the Messe Berlin Fair Grounds, from Feb. 5-7. The TOMRA… Full Story »

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