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  • Data management system to go online in July

    May 19, 2016

    During the 2016 Potatoes USA Chip Committee Winter Meeting in Las Vegas on Jan. 12, the committee approved the development of a new Variety Data Management (VDM) system. When complete, this system will complement the variety development work done in the National Chip Program by making… Full Story »
  • GM potato approved for field trials

    May 18, 2016

    The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in the U.K. have approved The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich’s (TSL) application to conduct field trials of genetically modified potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2016 and 2019. The field trials are part… Full Story »
  • MSU website estimates tuber survival

    May 18, 2016

    The Late Bight Risk Forecasting website, used for estimating potential survival of potato volunteers in Michigan, is now available for 2016 risk estimation. Epidemics of potato late blight are initiated from mycelium of Phytophthora infestans, which survives between successive growing seasons by overwintering in infected potato tubers intended… Full Story »
  • Nutrient-rich purple potato developed

    May 18, 2016

    Purple potatoes might not be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to increase vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake. However, a group of researchers from Colorado State University (CSU) have recently developed potato varieties that satisfy these nutritional needs and could act as a… Full Story »
  • SouthWind Farms exports fresh potatoes

    May 17, 2016

    SouthWind Farms in Heyburn, Idaho, is now in its second full season exporting fresh potatoes to the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Maylaysia. The grower-shipper grows fingerlings and baby potatoes and works with Sun Fresh Export, Wada Farms Market Group and Wilcox Marketing… Full Story »
  • Report finds GE crops safe

    May 17, 2016

    Genetically engineered (GE) crops appear to be safe, according to a report issued by a study committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The report states that “the study committee found no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health… Full Story »
  • Survey: farmers want to control their data

    May 17, 2016

    Farmers and ranchers want to control the information their equipment collects every time it passes through a field, a survey released by the American Farm Bureau Federation  (AFBF) shows. Farmers also believe that creating a cooperative-style central repository for their data is the best way to… Full Story »
  • $130 million available for foundational ag research

    May 16, 2016

    The USDA is making $130 million in funding available for research, education, and extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including certified organic production. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program, authorized by the… Full Story »
  • Annual CPAC golf tournament set for June

    May 16, 2016

    The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (CPAC) will host its sixth annual golf tournament on Wednesday, June 15. The tournament will be held at Cattails Golf Course in Alamosa. Golf begins at 12:30 p.m., pay for your own, $35 per player. Dinner will follow at 6 p.m. at the Grille… Full Story »
  • Flower borders help reduce mosaic in Russet Norkotahs

    May 16, 2016

    In recent years, there has been an increased interest in improving soil health through changing traditional agricultural practices. One way to accomplish this is to increase overall species diversity in agricultural ecosystems. Having diversity in plant species can improve crop health in other areas as well. In… Full Story »

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