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  • Bayer CropScience offers sustainability award

    Dec 4, 2014

    Bayer CropScience is seeking applicants for its Young Farmer Sustainability Award. The fifth annual award recognizes agricultural producers, age 40 and under, who receive at least half of their income from farming and farm-related venture.             Applicants are judged on the following criteria: entrepreneurial initiative… Full Story »
  • Texas leads coalition in lawsuit against Obama immigration actions

    Dec 4, 2014

    Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing the Obama administration over the president's executive actions on immigration.  The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Texas on Wednesday, and names the heads of the top immigration enforcement… Full Story »
  • Working the land and the data

    Dec 1, 2014

    Kip Tom, a seventh-generation family farmer, harvests the staples of modern agriculture: seed corn, feed corn, soybeans and data. “I’m hooked on a drug of information and productivity,” he said, sitting in an office filled with computer screens and a whiteboard covered with schematics and… Full Story »
  • Irving selected Maine’s Young Farmer of the Year

    Nov 24, 2014

    Robert Irving of Caribou, Maine has been selected the 2014 Young Farmer of the Year by the Maine Potato Board. He is the son of Steve and Patti Irving. Irving is the sixth generation of his family to raise potatoes in Aroostook County. His great-great-great-grandfather… Full Story »
  • Obama actions ‘not expected’ to ease farm labor concerns

    Nov 21, 2014

    A call for a more targeted approach to help improve the farm labor environment marked early reaction from the agriculture community to President Barack Obama’s issuance of a series of executive actions to grant as many as 5 million unauthorized immigrants permits to work in… Full Story »
  • Ag interests await impact of Obama’s announcement

    Nov 20, 2014

    The agriculture community was awaiting details on Thursday night’s announcement by President Barack Obama in which it’s anticipated he will issue a series of executive actions to grant as many as 5 million unauthorized immigrants permits to work in the United States and temporary reprieve… Full Story »
  • Dewulf purchases Miedema

    Nov 20, 2014

    The Dewulf group, based in Roeselare, Belgium, has announced plans to purchase Miedema, based in Winsum, Netherlands. Miedema, started in 1940, has 111 employees and is known for development and production of technology for storage and sorting machines. Dewulf produces about 300 potato and carrot… Full Story »
  • NASS reports increased 2014 production

    Nov 11, 2014

    The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2014 crop report shows an increase of 2.8 percent in U.S. production of fall potatoes in 2014. Fall production totaled 406,195,000 cwt in 2014, compared to 395,275,000 cwt. in 2013. The national yield per acre for the fall… Full Story »
  • Simplot’s Innate varieties achieve federal milestones

    Nov 11, 2014

    The first two generations of the J.R. Simplot Company’s genetically engineered (GE) Innate potato varieties achieved individual federal milestones.Generation one received a determination of nonregulated status from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The APHIS document has been published in the Federal… Full Story »
  • APHIS extends comment period for proposed produce movement rule

    Nov 10, 2014

    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is reopening the comment period for its proposed rule that would establish a performance standard and streamline the process for authorizing the import and interstate movement of fruits and vegetables. APHIS will consider all comments received on… Full Story »

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