• United Fresh 2016 announces keynote speaker

    Mar 29, 2016

    Kevin Brown, president and CEO of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), will be the keynote speaker at the United Fresh 2016 Breakfast General Session on Wednesday, June 22 at McCormick Place in Chicago. LEYE owns more than 100 restaurants with 51 different concepts ranging from fast casual to fine… Full Story »
  • PEI farmers growing fewer Russet Burbanks

    Mar 25, 2016

    The Prince Edward Island (PEI) Potato Board says Russet Burbank potatoes make up about a third of the area's potato market, but the PEI Watershed Alliance is urging farmers to grow different varieties. THe Watershed Alliance is accepting comments on a new provincial Water Act. … Full Story »
  • Fruitspot to offer producing trading

    Mar 24, 2016

    Fruitspot announced it will be available in over 100 countries on April 1. Fruitspot is a platform for verified commercial buyers and sellers of fruits, vegetables and flowers to connect and trade. Fruitspot is free to join and free to use. Starting on April 1, commercial… Full Story »
  • Idaho PCN lawsuit moves forward

    Mar 23, 2016

    U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge has denied a request by the USDA to dismiss a lawsuit by eastern Idaho potato growers seeking to end a quarantine on fields following the discovery of the Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN) in Idaho in 2006. The USDA… Full Story »
  • 2016 Executive Committee chosen for Potatoes USA

    Mar 22, 2016

    The 2016 Executive Committee for Potatoes USA is comprised of: Potatoes USA chairman Mike Pink; Finance Chairman Phil Hickman; International Marketing co-chairmen Doug Poe and John Halverson; Industry Outreach co-chairman Jay LaJoie and co-chairwoman Karleen Hardy; Domestic Marketing co-chairmen Chris Wada and Jason Davenport; Research… Full Story »
  • Innate GM potatoes approved in Canada

    Mar 22, 2016

    Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have completed their respective food and feed safety assessments of the J.R. Simplot Company's first generation of Innate potatoes. Health Canada concluded that it had no objection to the sale of food derived from Innate potatoes. This means Simplot’s… Full Story »
  • MPB seeks nominations for Farmer of the Year

    Mar 22, 2016

    The Maine Potato Board is seeking nominations within the Maine potato industry for the 2016 Farmer/Farm Family of the Year award. The farmer/farm family will be selected based on the following criteria: Over 40 years of age Outstanding farming practices Growth and advancement in farming operation,… Full Story »
  • US-Cuba agriculture sectors agreement announced

    Mar 21, 2016

    While in Cuba, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA will allow the 22 industry-funded Research and Promotion Programs and 18 Marketing Order organizations to conduct authorized research and information exchange activities with Cuba. These groups, which are responsible for creating bonds with consumers and businesses around the world in support of U.S.… Full Story »
  • Nomination period open for Women in Produce honoree

    Mar 21, 2016

    Held each year in conjunction with the United Fresh convention and expo, the Reception Honoring Women in Produce recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry, and selects one individual to share their personal experience of service. Nominations for the 2016 honoree are now being accepted. The featured… Full Story »
  • New AMS marketing specialist for Potatoes USA

    Mar 20, 2016

    Hakim Fobia is the new USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) marketing specialist that provides oversight of Potatoes USA.  Fobia previously worked as a communications specialist for AMS. He replaces Patty Petrella as the AMS marketing specialist for Potatoes USA. Petrella served for six years in… Full Story »

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