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  • FDA publishes Sanitary Transportation rule

    Apr 5, 2016

    The FDA has finalized a new food safety rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent food contamination during transportation. The rule will require those involved in transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicle to follow recognized best practices for sanitary… Full Story »
  • Ag World Classic set for June 13

    Apr 5, 2016

    Ag World Support Systems will host its 3rd Annual Golf Classic fundraising golf tournament on Monday, June 13 to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Spokane. This year’s event will again be held at the Canyon Lakes Country Club, located in Kennewick, Washington. … Full Story »
  • USDA launches GroupGAP program

    Apr 4, 2016

    The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the official launch of GroupGAP, a new certification program that helps small and mid-sized growers and cooperatives meet retailers' on-farm food safety requirements. "We know that GAP certification can sometimes be cost-prohibitive for smaller farmers," said AMS Administrator Elanor Starmer. "GroupGAP… Full Story »
  • Vanmark Boise names general manager

    Apr 4, 2016

    Vanmark Equipment is pleased to announce that Kris Hearst has been promoted to general manager of the Vanmark Boise operation. Hearst joined Vanmark Boise in 2014 as a process engineer/customer service representative. She has demonstrated the necessary leadership, organizational and communication skills in her time with… Full Story »
  • MSU Extension names director

    Apr 4, 2016

    Jeff Dwyer has been named director of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, effective immediately. Dwyer has been interim director since Jan. 1. Previously he was a senior associate dean in the MSU College of Human Medicine, with primary responsibilities related to research and community engagement. “Dr. Dwyer… Full Story »
  • FSMA transportation final rule to be made public

    Apr 1, 2016

    The FDA has submitted the sanitary transportation final rule to the Federal Register for publication. The goal of the final rule is “to prevent practices that create food safety risks, such as failure to properly refrigerate food, inadequate cleaning of vehicles between loads, and failure to properly… Full Story »
  • PMN offers webinar on Pythium leak

    Apr 1, 2016

    The Plant Management Network’s (PMN) Focus on Potato has a new webinar on Pythium leak available here. The free webinar is narrated by Lyndon Porter, a research plant pathologist at the USDA-Agricultural Research Station in Prosser, Washington.  The webinar includes information on disease symptoms, epidemiology and management… Full Story »
  • NASS changes spring planting report

    Apr 1, 2016

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has changed the number of states in its spring potato planting report for 2016, from four to two. NASS has removed Arizona permanently from its spring prospective planting estimate and moved North Carolina to its summer estimate program. Florida… Full Story »
  • NPC accepting applications for $10,000 scholarship

    Mar 31, 2016

    The National Potato Council (NPC) is accepting applications for its $10,000 2016-17 academic scholarship for one graduate-level student conducting research to benefit the potato industry. The winner is selected on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, leadership abilities, potato-related areas of graduate study, benefit… Full Story »
  • How is climate change affecting agriculture?

    Mar 31, 2016

    In an effort to forecast how climate change may affect agriculture, University of California agricultural economists looked at how climate has affected crop acreage in the past. The effect of temperature changes on plants depends on local conditions and the crops grown. In a case… Full Story »

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