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  • Preliminary 2012 ag census data released

    Feb 20, 2014

    USDA released the preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture results on Feb. 20. Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33 percent ($97.4 billion) from 2007. The number of farms and land… Full Story »
  • EPA proposes revisions to protect farm workers

    Feb 20, 2014

    EPA has proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard to protect farm workers from pesticide exposure. The revisions include improvements in worker training in the safe usage of pesticides and how to treat pesticide exposure. EPA has proposed that children under 16 be barred from… Full Story »
  • United Fresh now accepting applications for 20th Produce Industry Leadership Program

    Feb 19, 2014

    The application period is now open for the 20th class of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program. Thanks to the support of founding sponsor DuPont Crop Protection, for the past 20 years United members have had the opportunity to take part in this unique experience… Full Story »
  • 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 »

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