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  • Russia to ban all U.S. agricultural imports

    Aug 7, 2014

    Retaliating for U.S. sanctions over Ukraine, Russia will ban or limit all American agricultural products for up to a year, a Kremlin official said Wednesday. All fruits and vegetables from the European Union will also be locked out, the country's agricultural and veterinary watchdog told RIA Novosti.… Full Story »
  • Jensen to lead PAA

    Aug 6, 2014

    The Potato Association of America (PAA) installed its executive officers for 2014-2015 in Spokane, Washington during its annual meeting. They are: Andy Jensen, president; Loretta Mikitzel, president-elect; Mike Thornton, vice-president; and Nora Olsen, past president. Amy Charkowski and Susie Thompson were elected to join Samuel… Full Story »
  • Ellips opens U.S. office

    Aug 4, 2014

    Ellips, based in Eindhoven, Netherlands, has opened Ellips USA with headquarters in Yakima, Washington. Ellips provides hardware add-ons and software for grading and sorting machinery for a variety of fruits and vegetables, including potatoes. For more information, email John Albert or call him at 206-915-4962.
  • Idaho psyllid test positive for liberibacter

    Jul 24, 2014

    The first psyllid to test positive for liberibacter (Lso), the bacterium that causes zebra chip disease, has been confirmed. The psyllid was collected from a yellow sticky card in a potato field from Canyon County, in western Idaho. Idaho field tests results are available here.
  • Late blight reported in Wisconsin

    Jul 24, 2014

    Late blight has been reported in Wisconsin’s Portage County. The strain is of the US-8 genotype. The US-8 genotype is resistant to mefenoxam/metalaxyl fungicides listed in FRAC Group 4. For more information visit this University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension website.
  • PILI applications now accepted

    Jul 23, 2014

    Applications for the 2015 Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) are now being accepted by the National Potato Council (NPC) and the U.S. Potato Board (USPB). PILI consists of 20 potato growers and industry representatives from across the country. The annual eight-day program will be held… Full Story »
  • Mexico reopens zone for U.S. fresh potatoes

    Jul 9, 2014

    The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has resumed issuing phytosanitary certificates for the export of U.S. fresh potatoes into Mexico’s 26-kilometer zone bordering the U.S. According to Mark Szymanski,National Potato Council director of public relations, these phytosanitary certificates being issued are based… Full Story »
  • Cooperative approach could overcome H-2A challenges

    Jul 8, 2014

    To combat recent labor shortages, agriculture groups in Michigan are developing what might be a singular solution: a cooperative H-2A program. “I’m not aware of similar programs,” said Sarah Pion, Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) regional representative for southwest Michigan. “I think this is one of… Full Story »
  • 2014 fall potato acreage increases

    Jul 7, 2014

    The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) crop acreage report shows an increase of 13,500 acres of fall potato acres planted nationally compared to the 2013 total. According to NASS, fall acres planted for 2014 totaled 955,400 compared to 941,900 in 2013, an increase of… Full Story »
  • Verdesian purchases Specialty Fertilizer Products

    Jul 2, 2014

    Verdesian, based in Cary, North Carolina,  has added Specialty Fertilizer Products (SFP), based in Leawood, Kansas, to its portfolio of plant health and nutrition products. With the acquisition of SFP, Verdesian adds AVAIL phosphorus fertilizer enhancer, NutriSphere-N nitrogen fertilizer and More Than Manure nutrient manager… Full Story »

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