• Mike Pink elected 2016 chairman of Potatoes USA

    Mar 20, 2016

    Mike Pink, of Mesa, Washington, was elected to a one-year term as chairman of Potatoes USA, formerly known as the U.S. Potato Board, by board members during its annual meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado on March 17. Pink succeeds Carl Hoverson, of Larimore, North Dakota, as Potatoes USA chairman.
  • FDA announces funding for implementing FSMA

    Mar 18, 2016

    The FDA has allocated $19 million to help state agencies support implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Specifically, these funds will be used to support implementation of the Produce Safety rule, which became final in November 2015 and establishes enforceable safety standards for the production… Full Story »
  • IPC releases potato recipe cards

    Mar 18, 2016

    The Idaho Potato Commission has released its “Passionate About Potatoes” ad series. For 2016, the series features seven new chefs, seven new potato menu concepts, and a new look. These recipes are collected in a “Passionate About Potatoes” recipe card set.  Chef and restaurant contributors include… Full Story »
  • PEI company debuts Rooster potatoes

    Mar 17, 2016

    W.P. Griffin Inc. of P.E.I., Canada has debuted its Rooster potatoes. The release coincides with St. Patrick's Day, as the variety was originally developed in Ireland.  The company launched the new variety by partnering with Sobeys to offer free in-store samples in all Sobeys stores in… Full Story »
  • Samples needed for potato seed trials

    Mar 17, 2016

    Washington State University (WSU) is seeking commercial potato seed samples for the 2016 Washington Seed Lot Trial. The university is requesting 50-pound samples of 2-4 ounce seed. If applicable, a representative amount of rotten tubers can be included. Seed over 6 ounces will not be accepted. Sampling the first (or last) 300 seed… Full Story »
  • USPB now Potatoes USA

    Mar 16, 2016

    The U.S. Potato Board (USPB) now is doing business as Potatoes USA. Board members approved a motion to change the name of the organization at its annual meeting on March 16, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Potatoes USA, known legally as the National Potato Promotion Board… Full Story »
  • $62 million in grant funding available to growers

    Mar 16, 2016

    The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making more than $62 million in grant funding available to support specialty crop producers through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).  SCBGP grants are allocated to U.S. states and territories for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally… Full Story »
  • United Fresh releases 2015 Year in Review

    Mar 16, 2016

    United Fresh Produce Association released the 2015 Year in Review edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce for the past year. The report also offers insights into performance and consumer data for fresh produce. The FreshFacts on Retail report, produced in… Full Story »
  • Western Growers donates $1M to produce safety research

    Mar 15, 2016

    Western Growers (WG) announced it's $1 million donation to the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) to advance food safety research and develop ready-to-use solutions to improve the safety of fresh produce globally. WG’s contribution puts CPS over the $10 million mark for their Campaign for Produce Safety, which aims to… Full Story »
  • ConAgra expands processing operations in Oregon

    Mar 14, 2016

    ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced that its Lamb Weston business will expand operations at its facility in Boardman, Oregon. The $30 million investment will add additional processing capacity for making formed products such as hash brown patties and potato puffs, ConAgra said. The addition of the line at the… Full Story »

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