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  • Fire causes major damage at Michigan potato farm

    Feb 24, 2014

    A fire Sunday, Feb. 23 at a Mecosta, Michigan potato farm destroyed the offices and part of a storage warehouse. No one was injured in the fire at Sackett Potatoes, and the cause has yet to be determined. Visit the websites of WOOD-TV and the Grand Rapids Press for more information. 
  • United Fresh supports FDA’s new timeline for FSMA rules

    Feb 21, 2014

    United Fresh Produce Association applauds the agreement reached among FDA, the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Environmental Health to create a new timeline for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. FDA and the two advocacy groups reached a settlement in a case… Full Story »
  • Maine starch plant receives state incentives

    Feb 21, 2014

    Western Polymer’s manufacturing facility in Fort Fairfield, Maine, was recently certified to receive economic development incentives from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. The facility manufactures potato starch products used mainly in paper processing. Western Polymer purchased the former Aroostook Starch Company in July, 2013.
  • USDA NASS census shows growing farm economy

    Feb 20, 2014

    USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released its preliminary results from the 2012 census of agriculture. The ag census is conducted every five years. The census revealed the value of agricultural products sold in 2012 to be $394.6 billion, an increase of $97.4 billion, or 33… Full Story »
  • Preliminary 2012 ag census data released

    Feb 20, 2014

    USDA released the preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture results on Feb. 20. Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33 percent ($97.4 billion) from 2007. The number of farms and land… Full Story »
  • EPA proposes revisions to protect farm workers

    Feb 20, 2014

    EPA has proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard to protect farm workers from pesticide exposure. The revisions include improvements in worker training in the safe usage of pesticides and how to treat pesticide exposure. EPA has proposed that children under 16 be barred from… Full Story »
  • United Fresh now accepting applications for 20th Produce Industry Leadership Program

    Feb 19, 2014

    The application period is now open for the 20th class of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program. Thanks to the support of founding sponsor DuPont Crop Protection, for the past 20 years United members have had the opportunity to take part in this unique experience… Full Story »
  • Potato stock reports to resume

    Feb 13, 2014

    Following passage of its budget by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will resume publication of the potato stocks reports. The reports had been suspended due to sequestration. NASS will announce dates of publication for the reports when they are set.
  • Farm bill signed in MSU ceremony

    Feb 7, 2014

    President Barack Obama signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) on Feb 7. The signing ceremony took place at Michigan State University in the home state of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, who Obama and others cited for her leadership in… Full Story »
  • WPVGA presents annual industry awards

    Feb 7, 2014

    The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) recognized several members of Wisconsin’s potato industry at its annual awards banquet on Feb. 5 at Stevens Point. Myron Soik was inducted into the WPVGA Hall of Fame. Soik, 79, is a longtime potato grower and owner… Full Story »

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