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  • APHIS reopens public comment period

    Jan 2, 2014

    In April 2013, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed a rule in the Federal Register to restructure regulations governing the importation of plants for planting.             APHIS has reopened the comment period for an additional 30 days for comments on their… Full Story »
  • New law changes MPIC assessment structure

    Dec 31, 2013

    Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder recently signed Public Act 202 of 2013 altering the 1970 law that authorized the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC). According to Mike Wenkel, MPIC executive director, the new legislation’s major modification is a change in the original legislation’s assessment structure. The… Full Story »
  • EPA rule clears way for sequestration technologies

    Dec 20, 2013

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that helps create a national framework to ensure safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. The new rule clarifies that carbon dioxide streams captured from emission sources, injected underground via Underground… Full Story »
  • PCN regulated acres in Idaho decrease

    Dec 20, 2013

    The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently announced that approximately 2,279 acres of Idaho farmland have been deregulated from pale cyst nematode (PCN) regulation. The PCN-regulated acres are found in northern Bingham County and southern Bonneville County. Currently, regulated acres total 10,774,… Full Story »
  • FDA to revise and ask for comments on parts of FSMA

    Dec 19, 2013

    FDA will draft what it calls “significant” revisions to parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and launch an additional comment period for those revisions next summer. Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said Dec. 19 that the agency was… Full Story »
  • SoilPro 100 receives award

    Dec 18, 2013

    Valley Irrigation’s SoilPro 100 recently won an AE50 award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. SoilPro 100 provides growers with soil moisture information without the need for computerized pivot controls or Internet access. SoilPro 100 combines a soil moisture sensor and a… Full Story »
  • Toaspern named chairman of USAEDC

    Dec 17, 2013

    John Toaspern, USPB vice president of International Marketing, was recently named chairman of the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC). USAEDC is a non-profit, private sector trade association. It is composed of agricultural groups who receive Market Access Program funding or Foreign Market Development funding… Full Story »
  • Trimble acquires C3 assets

    Dec 12, 2013

    Trimble announced the acquisition of C3 of Madison, Wis. The purchase of C3 enables Trimble to provide soil information and decision recommendations to farmers and agronomists. Farmers will be able to view C3 data on Trimble’s Connected Farm dashboard. C3 is a privately held company… Full Story »
  • Alyssa Davis to join BioSafe Systems team

    Dec 4, 2013

    BioSafe Systems announces the recent addition of Alyssa Davis, who joins the team as the brand manager for the agriculture and food safety markets. Davis will contribute to the marketing efforts for those two markets, including consumer marketing, public relations and company branding.  “I am… Full Story »
  • United applauds lawmakers’ request to FDA for additional comment period

    Nov 27, 2013

    United Fresh applauds the request by 75 members of Congress asking the FDA to provide a second set of proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to allow for additional public comments, according to a news release from the company. In this week's letter,… Full Story »

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