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  • APHIS approves Mexican fresh potatoes for importation

    Apr 2, 2014

    The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will allow the importation of fresh potatoes from Mexico into the U.S. effective April 25.             As a condition of entry the potatoes must be in accordance with the following strictures: seed potatoes were certified; packinghouses… Full Story »
  • Wrap contest for WPVGA Spudmobile

    Apr 1, 2014

    The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) is sponsoring a design contest for its new Spudmobile. The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18. The WPVGA is seeking designs for the outer wrap of the Spudmobile, a Holiday Rambler Ambassador motor… Full Story »
  • ConAgra announces 2014 sustainable award winners

    Apr 1, 2014

    ConAgra Foods announced the winners of its 2014 Sustainable Development Awards.             The winning entries were: Russellville, Ark., frozen food facility, for climate change and energy efficiency; Lincoln, Neb., snack facility, for conservation and wastewater management; Lamb Weston potato facilities in Hermiston, Ore., and American… Full Story »
  • Public meeting to address CCPR agenda scheduled for April 10

    Apr 1, 2014

    The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in conjunction with the EPA is sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and on draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 46th session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide… Full Story »
  • Cavendish suspends operations in Presque Isle

    Apr 1, 2014

    Cavendish Farms has  suspended its potato farming operations in Presque Isle, Maine, indefinitely due to market conditions.             Thirteen employees, three full-time, five full-time seasonal and five short-term seasonal, were laid off due to the closure.             Don Flannery, Maine Potato Board executive director, said… Full Story »
  • EPA, Army Corps of Engineers propose rule to Clean Water Act

    Mar 26, 2014

    The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule clarifies protection for streams and waters. Proposed definitions of waters will apply to all CWA programs. The proposal does not… Full Story »
  • United marketing conference will focus on branding

    Mar 26, 2014

    Legendary brand strategist Al Ries will keynote this year’s United Fresh Retail Produce Marketing & Merchandising Conference, June 12-13, immediately following United Fresh 2014 in Chicago. “Whether Marketing 101 is the only marketing course you’ve ever taken, or you have your MBA in marketing from… Full Story »
  • Report: American families eating more imported produce

    Mar 24, 2014

    American families are eating more imported fresh produce today than ever before, in substantial part because U.S. fresh produce growers lack enough labor to expand their production and compete with foreign importers. That's just one of the findings in a new report, “No Longer Home Grown:… Full Story »
  • Mexico issues final rule for cross-border potato trade with U.S.

    Mar 21, 2014

    The federal government of Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture published new potato risk mitigation measures regarding the importation of U.S. fresh potatoes. The measures were published in the Diario Oficial de la Federacion. Among the provisions, the new regulation will allow shipment of U.S. fresh potatoes… Full Story »
  • Marcus Meadows-Smith to lead BioConsortia

    Mar 20, 2014

    BioConsortia, the newly formed parent company of BioDiscovery New Zealand Limited, has named Marcus Meadows-Smith as its chief executive officer. BioConsortia, based in Davis, Calif., is an agricultural biotechnology company that uses a proprietary method for the selection of beneficial microbial consortia for crop improvement.… Full Story »

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