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  • Fresh potato ban in WIC program may be reviewed

    May 16, 2014

    The National Potato Council (NPC) reports that the U.S. House and  Senate appropriations committees may consider legislations to lift the current ban on fresh potatoes in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             The National Potato Council is asking members… Full Story »
  • Comment period extended for proposed revisions to WPS

    May 14, 2014

    EPA is extending the comment period for proposed revisions to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) an additional 60 days, until Aug. 18. The proposed changes include, increased frequency of mandatory training, from once every five years to annually. Expanded, mandatory posting of no-entry signs for… Full Story »
  • High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer And The Drone

    May 13, 2014

    There was a near-miss in the skies above Tallahassee recently. According to a Federal Aviation Administration official, an American Airlines regional jet nearly collided with a "small, remotely piloted aircraft" — a drone — cruising 2,300-feet above sea level. Exactly who was flying the unmanned aircraft remains… Full Story »
  • Toll-free potato blight hotlines

    May 8, 2014

    Syngenta, in partnership with five universities, once again will offer toll-free potato blight hotlines during the growing season.             The hotlines consist of researchers providing updates about current potato disease pressures during the growing season in each growing region.             The updates are provided by… Full Story »
  • Final Census of Agriculture data released to the public

    May 2, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the final results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. During a May 2 webcast, NASS officials shared wide-ranging information about what agricultural products were raised in the United States in 2012, and examine… Full Story »
  • NPC offers scholarship for graduate students

    May 1, 2014

    The National Potato Council (NPC) is accepting applications for its $10,000 graduate-level scholarship. The scholarship must be applied toward the 2014-2015 academic year. Applicants must be graduate students pursuing advanced studies, master’s degree or higher, that will improve the future of the U.S. potato industry.… Full Story »
  • Public comment period open for proposed rule to CWA

    Apr 29, 2014

    The public comment period for a proposed rule by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) is now open. The proposed rule clarifies protection for streams and waters. Proposed definitions of waters will apply to… Full Story »
  • Syngenta Drive to Thrive contest call for entries

    Apr 28, 2014

    The application period for the new Syngenta Drive to Thrive contest is now open. The contest asks growers and other agricultural industry professionals to describe what makes their farms or agribusinesses thrive. In exchange, the 10 best entries will each receive a touchscreen tablet and… Full Story »
  • USPB receives $3.6 million for export promotion

    Apr 23, 2014

    The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) award $3.6 million to the U.S. Potato Board for overseas marketing and promotional activities through the 2014 Farm Bill. The funding is provided through the FAS Market Access Program.
  • WSPC election results

    Apr 23, 2014

    The Washington State Department of Agriculture announced that Jared Balcom, Nelson Cox and Stacy Kniveton have been re-elected to the Washington State Potato Commission. Their new term runs from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

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