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  • FDA commissioner to resign after six-year tenure

    Feb 5, 2015

    Margaret Hamburg, who has been commissioner of FDA for six years, will resign her post in March. Stephen Ostroff, FDA’s chief scientist, will serve as acting commissioner. For more details, see this Washington Post story.
  • Sivanto receives EPA registration

    Feb 5, 2015

    Bayer CropScience has received registration from the EPA for its new Sivanto insecticide.             Sivanto was developed to control sucking pests on fruits and vegetables and will be available for the 2015 growing season.             Sivanto is a systemic insecticide for control of sucking pests… Full Story »
  • APHIS and PPQ release 2015-2019 plans

    Feb 5, 2015

    The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released its 2015-2019 (PPQ) strategic plan along with its Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) 2015-2019 strategic plan.             Among the APHIS goals is one to “protect plant health by optimizing our (APHIS) oversight of GE… Full Story »
  • Bayer CropScience launches global web video competition for farmers

    Feb 3, 2015

    Bayer CropScience has launched YouFarm International, a global video competition for farmers. The company wants to provide farmers and people passionate about farming the opportunity to increase awareness and boost understanding of modern agriculture with the public. "Most people have an incomplete image of modern… Full Story »
  • USDA names members to USPB

    Feb 3, 2015

    The USDA appointed 19 new members to the U.S. Potato Board (USPB) and reappointed 14 members to the USPB for three-year terms beginning March 1, 2015.             New USPB members are: Segundo Diaz, Alamosa, Colorado; Jeremy Arnold, Felt, Idaho; Kent Bitter, Shelley, Idaho; Jeff Harper,… Full Story »
  • Industry leader dies at 100

    Feb 3, 2015

    Louis E. Knoflicek, of Alliance, Nebraska, died on Jan. 24, 2015, at the age of 100.             Knoflicek was a leader in the development of the potato industry in western Nebraska. In 1945, he began working for the Nebraska certified potato growers association in Scottsbluff.… Full Story »
  • New business focuses on specialty crop growers

    Jan 30, 2015

    Specialty Crop Solutions has announced the establishment of a new business focused on serving the specialty crop grower. Specialty Crop Solutions provides services and products not currently available to the small- to medium-sized specialty agricultural crop grower, according to a press release. “The specialty crop… Full Story »
  • Younger folks will pay for healthier food

    Jan 28, 2015

    Younger consumers are much more interested in — and willing to pay premium prices for — food products they perceive as for healthier than are older consumers, according to a global consumer survey shared exclusively with USA TODAY on Monday. The Nielsen's Global Health and… Full Story »
  • NPC Fly-In hotel rates expire on Jan. 30

    Jan 26, 2015

    The 2015 National Potato Council’s (NPC) D.C. Potato Fly-In will be held Feb. 23-26 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel.             The NPC block hotel room block will expire on Jan. 30. For more information see the NPC website.
  • Washington growers claim H-2A wages are too high

    Jan 22, 2015

    Last month, the minimum wage for thousands of workers in Washington jumped by nearly 5 percent to $12.42 an hour. The new pay raises apply only to a select group of people: foreigners hired as seasonal farmhands. The workers, hired under the federal H-2A visa… Full Story »

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