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  • Potato stock reports to resume

    Feb 13, 2014

    Following passage of its budget by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will resume publication of the potato stocks reports. The reports had been suspended due to sequestration. NASS will announce dates of publication for the reports when they are set.
  • Farm bill signed in MSU ceremony

    Feb 7, 2014

    President Barack Obama signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) on Feb 7. The signing ceremony took place at Michigan State University in the home state of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, who Obama and others cited for her leadership in… Full Story »
  • WPVGA presents annual industry awards

    Feb 7, 2014

    The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) recognized several members of Wisconsin’s potato industry at its annual awards banquet on Feb. 5 at Stevens Point. Myron Soik was inducted into the WPVGA Hall of Fame. Soik, 79, is a longtime potato grower and owner… Full Story »
  • O’Connor creates consulting agency

    Feb 5, 2014

    Tim O'Connor, former president and CEO of the U.S. Potato Board, has started Tim O’Connor & Associates, a marketing and consulting agency specializing in the fresh food industry. Prior to starting the consulting group, O’Connor was the initial CEO of Avocados From Mexico. He was… Full Story »
  • OPC presents grower awards

    Feb 5, 2014

    The Oregon Potato Commission (OPC) presented the 2013 Potatoes Goodness Unearthed awards at the Washington/Oregon Potato Conference. Presenting awards in four categories for best red variety, best yellow variety, best russet variety and best specialty variety was chef Leif Benson, a member of the OPC.… Full Story »
  • Douches receives MSU honor

    Feb 5, 2014

    David Douches, professor in Michigan State University’s (MSU) department of plant, soil and microbial science, has been selected to receive the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. Douches is one of four members of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) who have been… Full Story »
  • Washington, Colorado food banks benefit from Super Bowl bet

    Feb 5, 2014

    A Super Bowl bet between the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) and the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (CPAC) has resulted in 25,500 pounds of potatoes being donated to food banks in both Seattle and Denver. The bet between the two organizations was for 500 pounds… Full Story »
  • Agricultural groups hail passage of farm bill

    Feb 4, 2014

    Specialty crop advocates are hailing the U.S. Senate’s passage Feb. 4, by a vote of 68-32, of the conference report to the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The legislation now goes to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. "This… Full Story »
  • R.D. Offutt warehouse burns down

    Jan 30, 2014

    An R.D. Offutt potato warehouse in Perham, Minn., was destroyed by a fire that started Tuesday evening, Jan. 21. Along with the building and some inventory, R.D. Offutt reported that it lost loading equipment in the fire.             No one was injured and the cause… Full Story »
  • Super Bowl spud bet benefits food banks

    Jan 30, 2014

    The executive directors of the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) and the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (CPAC) have made a friendly wager on the outcome of this Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.             For every point scored in the… Full Story »

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