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  • Late blight verified in Pasco area

    Jul 6, 2015

    On the Washington State University (WSU) Potato Pest Alert website Carrie Wohleb, WSU Extension educator, reports that late blight has been verified near Pasco, in Block 1 and Block 15. At this time the late blight genotype has not been identified. More late blight samples… Full Story »
  • United Fresh officials appointed to USDA advisory committees

    Jul 2, 2015

    United Fresh’s President and CEO, Tom Stenzel, along with Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Technology, Dave Gombas, and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Robert Guenther, have been appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to serve on federal agriculture… Full Story »
  • Computer issues fixed; farm workers arrive from Mexico

    Jul 1, 2015

    A few weeks ago, we reported on a labor crisis that was crippling agriculture in Washington state. According to previous reports, H-2A workers were stranded at the American-Mexican border due to computer glitches. It appears that all issues have been resolved and the farm workers… Full Story »
  • Watch for retailer fees for delivery of “poor quality” produce

    Jul 1, 2015

    Shipper members of Western Growers have recently been informed by a retailer of proposed fees that will be assessed for delivering “poor quality” produce, according to the organization. The tiered fees assessed could require suppliers to pay hefty fines. In this case, fines of $500,… Full Story »
  • USPB 2016 nominations open

    Jul 1, 2015

    Nominations are now open for U.S. Potato Board (USPB) members for the 2016-2019 term. Fifty-four board members will be elected or re-elected to fill open seats and the seats of outgoing board members completing their second three-year term. For more information, visit the USPB website… Full Story »
  • WSPC elects new executive commission and chairman

    Jul 1, 2015

    The Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) elected a new executive commission and chairman for the year beginning July 1, 2015. Mike Dodds is the new WSPC chairman, replacing Nelson Cox. Dodds is the raw material and environmental manager for Basic American Foods’ Moses Lake facility.… Full Story »
  • Potato grower transforms land into haven for pollinators

    Jul 1, 2015

    The biggest potato grower in the U.S. has planted the largest Operation Pollinator establishment in the country. R.D. Offutt Company, founded in 1964, has grown to include farming operations that produce more than 60,000 acres of potatoes annually. Its Minnesota farm group recently planted 600… Full Story »
  • WOTUS rule effective date set for Aug. 28

    Jun 30, 2015

    On Monday June 29, 2015, the EPA published the final Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, in the federal register setting the effective date for Aug. 28, 2015. According to the text of the rule, the rule is meant… Full Story »
  • NCPA launches new website

    Jun 29, 2015

    The North Carolina Potato Association (NCPA) has launched its redesigned website, NCPotatoes.org. The website provides information about North Carolina potatoes, connects growers with customers and provides updates on the latest potato research.
  • Senate approves TPA

    Jun 28, 2015

    The U.S. Senate voted in favor of trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation, sending the bill to President Obama for his signature. Passage of TPA clears one obstacle for the completion of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. TPA, also known as “fast track”, allows President Obama… Full Story »

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