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  • 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 »
  • Water rule comment period extended

    Jun 10, 2014

    EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the public comment period for a proposed rule that defines the Waters of the U.S. that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. The extension was in response to a number of requests received by… Full Story »
  • Marrone approved for USDA loan guarantee

    Jun 9, 2014

                The USDA Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan program approved Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) for a $10 million loan.             The funds will be used to expand  the MBI manufacturing plant in Bangor, Michigan.
  • Psyllids found in Pacific Northwest

    Jun 9, 2014

    Potato psyllids have been found in Idaho, Oregon and Washington this spring. This is the earliest date for psyllids to be reported in the Pacific Northwest.              The University of Idaho in collaboration with Miller Research reported finding one psyllid on a yellow sticky trap… Full Story »

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