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  • Colorado Potato Beetles plentiful in Red River Valley

    Jul 6, 2016

    It's shaping up to be a Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) year in the Red River Valley. Seems even if an at-plant insecticide was applied, CPB are plentiful in some fields. There are a few possible reasons this is happening. The past winter was a good… Full Story »
  • Mexican judge bans U.S. fresh potatoes

    Jul 5, 2016

    A federal judge in Mexico’s northern state of Sinaola issued a decree that banned  fresh potatoes imported from the United States.  According to the Reuters News Agency the judged ruled that Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fish and Food (SAGARPA) could not guarantee… Full Story »
  • Five things to know about the future of ag

    Jul 4, 2016

    1. Apps are critical to ag. Farmers use mobile technology for many things, including turning irrigation and other equipment on or off, maintaining pest counts from field scouting, identifying bugs, checking field records, reviewing soil types, ensuring site-specific planting or production and keeping track of pest… Full Story »
  • Lamb Weston/Meijer to build french fry plant in Russia

    Jun 30, 2016

    Lamb Weston/Meijer Frozen Foods have signed an agreement with Belaya Dacha to  invest in a new french fry plant in Lipetsk, Russia. The joint venture will serve a growing potato market in Russia. The total investment will be over EUR 100 million. Belaya Dacha will be the majority… Full Story »
  • Wisconsin growers elect new leadership

    Jun 28, 2016

    Wisconsin’s potato growers have elected an at-large director and re-elected two directors to the industry’s market order board. Elected as the at-large director and representing all districts is Andy Dierks of Coloma. Re-elected in District 1 is Keith Wolter, Antigo; and re-elected in District 2… Full Story »
  • Growers wrap up planting in Maine

    Jun 27, 2016

    Potato growers in Maine have finished up planting and hope for a smooth season, the Bangor Daily News reports. Last year growers had a troubling year battling Dickeya, a new pathogen in Maine. Dickeya is a bacteria that can cause the rotting disease blackleg. Here's more… Full Story »
  • Stockton Group, Syngenta sign distribution deal

    Jun 27, 2016

    The Stockton Group (STK) has signed a major agreement with Syngenta as the exclusive global distributor of a new biofungicide technology based on tea tree oil for the control of several diseases in ornamental crops. The products of Stockton will be sold under the Syngenta brand for Botrytis… Full Story »
  • Calloway elected WSPC chairman

    Jun 24, 2016

    Rex Calloway of Quincy was elected chairman of the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) during its annual meeting. Calloway succeeds Mike Dodds as chairman, and will begin his term on July 1. Dodds will continue to serve on the commission and the WSPC executive committee… Full Story »
  • NPC endorses Roberts-Stabenow GMO legislation

    Jun 24, 2016

    The National Potato Council (NPC) issued a press release supporting legislation released by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) establishing a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods. If passed, the legislation preempts all state labeling laws related to the… Full Story »
  • US Senate reaches deal on GMO labeling

    Jun 23, 2016

    Senate lawmakers reached a deal Thursday, June 23 to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients, just eight days before Vermont's first-in-the-nation labeling law takes effect in July. The bipartisan legislation, reached following weeks of negotiations between Senate Agriculture Committee members Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., would… Full Story »

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