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  • Interim director named for MSU Extension

    May 23, 2014

    Margaret (Maggie) Bethel has been named interim director of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. The announcement was made recently by Fred Poston, dean of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). Ray Hammerschmidt, professor of plant pathology and associate chair in the Department of… Full Story »
  • New insurance policy covers specialty crops

    May 21, 2014

    USDA has announced a new risk management option that will be available for fruit and vegetable growers and producers with diversified farms. The policy, called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, will provide flexible coverage options for specialty crop, organic and diversified crop producers. The program will be… Full Story »
  • Mexico opens for U.S. fresh potatoes

    May 21, 2014

    With Mexico’s implementation of its final rule, fresh potatoes from the United States are now allowed to enter all of Mexico.  The action is part of a bilateral agreement that facilitates trade in fresh potatoes between the two countries.
  • Comment period extended for FSMA sanitation rule

    May 21, 2014

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is extending the comment period 60 days on its proposed rule “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food.” The comment period was scheduled to end May 31, 2014.  The extension also applies to the associated information collection provisions. The proposed rule… Full Story »
  • Fresh potato ban in WIC program may be reviewed

    May 16, 2014

    The National Potato Council (NPC) reports that the U.S. House and  Senate appropriations committees may consider legislations to lift the current ban on fresh potatoes in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             The National Potato Council is asking members… Full Story »
  • Comment period extended for proposed revisions to WPS

    May 14, 2014

    EPA is extending the comment period for proposed revisions to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) an additional 60 days, until Aug. 18. The proposed changes include, increased frequency of mandatory training, from once every five years to annually. Expanded, mandatory posting of no-entry signs for… Full Story »
  • High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer And The Drone

    May 13, 2014

    There was a near-miss in the skies above Tallahassee recently. According to a Federal Aviation Administration official, an American Airlines regional jet nearly collided with a "small, remotely piloted aircraft" — a drone — cruising 2,300-feet above sea level. Exactly who was flying the unmanned aircraft remains… Full Story »
  • Toll-free potato blight hotlines

    May 8, 2014

    Syngenta, in partnership with five universities, once again will offer toll-free potato blight hotlines during the growing season.             The hotlines consist of researchers providing updates about current potato disease pressures during the growing season in each growing region.             The updates are provided by… Full Story »
  • Final Census of Agriculture data released to the public

    May 2, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the final results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. During a May 2 webcast, NASS officials shared wide-ranging information about what agricultural products were raised in the United States in 2012, and examine… Full Story »
  • NPC offers scholarship for graduate students

    May 1, 2014

    The National Potato Council (NPC) is accepting applications for its $10,000 graduate-level scholarship. The scholarship must be applied toward the 2014-2015 academic year. Applicants must be graduate students pursuing advanced studies, master’s degree or higher, that will improve the future of the U.S. potato industry.… Full Story »

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