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  • California drought: Farmers, ranchers face uncertain future

    Jan 20, 2014

    On Friday, amid California's driest year on record, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in the state. As days pass without snow or rain, dairymen, farmers and other livestock producers are finding themselves in the same predicament as Imhof. Without water to irrigate, produce growers fear… Full Story »
  • USPB restructures domestic and international marketing departments

    Jan 17, 2014

     (USPB) members approved the restructuring of the domestic and international marketing departments into one body, the USPB Marketing Department. The USPB administrative committee approved the consolidation during a meeting in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 10. The change will take effect July 1, with the… Full Story »
  • Hardy new NPC president

    Jan 16, 2014

    Randy Hardy, of Hardy Farms in Oakley, Idaho, was elected president of the (NPC) for 2014. Hardy succeeds Randy Mullen, of Pasco, Wash.             NPC delegates also approved Dan Lake, of Ronan, Mont., as first vice president and vice president of the Environmental Affairs Committee.… Full Story »
  • Halverson, Secor and Hoverson Farms receive awards

    Jan 16, 2014

    Gregg Halverson was presented with the Potato Man for All Seasons award at the National Potato Council’s annual banquet in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, January, 10, 2014. The award is presented by The Packer and TheGrower.com in conjunction with the NPC. Halverson, of Grand… Full Story »
  • NRCS predicts limited water supply for western states in 2014

    Jan 16, 2014

    A limited water supply is predicted west of the Continental Divide, according to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Water and Climate Center data in its first forecast of 2014. “Right now the West Coast is all red,” NRCS hydrologist Tom Perkins said… Full Story »
  • Syngenta launches new scholarship contest

    Jan 15, 2014

    Syngenta has announced a new national agricultural scholarship essay contest for undergraduate and graduate college students. Students enrolled as of spring 2014 in an accredited agriculture program at a U.S. land grant university are eligible to compete for $20,000 in scholarship awards. There will be… Full Story »
  • MPIC receives state grant

    Jan 14, 2014

    The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development awarded the Michigan Potato Industry Commission a grant for $82,032. The grant will be used to study the potential to profitably redirect chipping potatoes into alternative uses. The study will identify the best value-added processing opportunity for… Full Story »
  • Pavelski receives Emerging Leader Award

    Jan 14, 2014

    Jeremie Pavelski is the recipient of Spudman’s 2014 Emerging Leader Award. Bayer CropScience sponsors the award. Pavelski received the award at the National Potato Council’s annual banquet in San Antonio, Texas. Pavelski, 31, is the president of Heartland Farms, based in Hancock, Wis. He is… Full Story »
  • USDA surveying on-farm irrigation practices

    Jan 8, 2014

    USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the national Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey. Farmers, ranchers and horticulture producers across the United States will begin receiving the survey this week in the mail, asking them to provide information about their water use and irrigation practices, with… Full Story »
  • United launches new monthly webinar series

    Jan 3, 2014

    United Fresh Produce Association members are invited to log-in for a new, complimentary webinar series hosted by United’s Market Segment Boards and Expert Councils. Each month, United’s volunteer leader groups will tackle a new topic on key issues impacting the industry. The first in the webinar… Full Story »

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