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  • Hillary Rodham Clinton to deliver keynote address at Joint General Session

    Mar 5, 2014

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote speaker at a new Joint General Session hosted by the United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) this June in Chicago. “We are honored to have Secretary Clinton as… Full Story »
  • eSpudman Clarification

    Mar 4, 2014

    In the March eSpudman Market Report it was incorrectly reported that Prince Edward Island growers were negotiating for a four-year contract with McCain Foods and that four-year contracts offered by McCain included no cost of production increases. Contract negotiations with Prince Edward Island growers are… Full Story »
  • PVMI seeks proposals for new variety

    Mar 3, 2014

    The (PVMI) has issued a request for proposals for POR02PG26-5, a mid-season specialty potato with yellow skin and red eyes with yellow flesh. PVMI is proposing to exclusively sublicense this specialty potato to allow full development of its market potential. Proposals must document eligibility, experience… Full Story »
  • FSN launches new retail fresh potato package

    Mar 3, 2014

    The Fresh Solutions Network is launching Side Delights Gourmet Petite Potatoes. The packages are available in six varieties: Real Red, Pure Gold, True White, Powerful Purple, Fusion Fingerling and Classic Medley. Packages come in a 1.5 lb. heat sealed, stand-up pouch bag with a resealable… Full Story »
  • White potatoes excluded from WIC

    Feb 28, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its final ruling in the food revisions of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             The study stated that “including white potatoes in the WIC food packages would not contribute towards meeting the nutritional… Full Story »
  • USDA announces funding for pollinator health

    Feb 25, 2014

    USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. The funding is a focused investment to improve pollinator health and… Full Story »
  • Fire causes major damage at Michigan potato farm

    Feb 24, 2014

    A fire Sunday, Feb. 23 at a Mecosta, Michigan potato farm destroyed the offices and part of a storage warehouse. No one was injured in the fire at Sackett Potatoes, and the cause has yet to be determined. Visit the websites of WOOD-TV and the Grand Rapids Press for more information. 
  • United Fresh supports FDA’s new timeline for FSMA rules

    Feb 21, 2014

    United Fresh Produce Association applauds the agreement reached among FDA, the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Environmental Health to create a new timeline for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. FDA and the two advocacy groups reached a settlement in a case… Full Story »
  • Maine starch plant receives state incentives

    Feb 21, 2014

    Western Polymer’s manufacturing facility in Fort Fairfield, Maine, was recently certified to receive economic development incentives from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. The facility manufactures potato starch products used mainly in paper processing. Western Polymer purchased the former Aroostook Starch Company in July, 2013.
  • USDA NASS census shows growing farm economy

    Feb 20, 2014

    USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released its preliminary results from the 2012 census of agriculture. The ag census is conducted every five years. The census revealed the value of agricultural products sold in 2012 to be $394.6 billion, an increase of $97.4 billion, or 33… Full Story »

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