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APHIS approves Mexican fresh potatoes for importation

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will allow the importation of fresh potatoes from Mexico into the U.S. effective April 25.             As a condition of entry the potatoes must be in accordance with the following strictures: seed potatoes were certified; packinghouses are registered;  shipments are commercial; and chain of custody is verified.             In addition, the potatoes must be  washed and soil free; inspected internally and externally and certified free of…  » Read more

Wrap contest for WPVGA Spudmobile

The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) is sponsoring a design contest for its new Spudmobile. The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18. The WPVGA is seeking designs for the outer wrap of the Spudmobile, a Holiday Rambler Ambassador motor home, and will award three first place prizes of $1,000 each for best designs. The mobile billboard and educational center will be used to promote Wisconsin potatoes and vegetables and…  » Read more

ConAgra announces 2014 sustainable award winners

ConAgra Foods announced the winners of its 2014 Sustainable Development Awards.             The winning entries were: Russellville, Ark., frozen food facility, for climate change and energy efficiency; Lincoln, Neb., snack facility, for conservation and wastewater management; Lamb Weston potato facilities in Hermiston, Ore., and American Falls, Idaho, for solid waste reduction and recycling; the research, quality and innovation team in Omaha, Neb., for sustainable business innovation; and the Lamb Weston potato facilities in Kruiningen and…  » Read more

Public meeting to address CCPR agenda scheduled for April 10

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in conjunction with the EPA is sponsoring a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and on draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the 46th session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR), which will be held in Nanjing, China from May 5-10. The public meeting will be held on April 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, at the…  » Read more

Cavendish suspends operations in Presque Isle

Cavendish Farms has  suspended its potato farming operations in Presque Isle, Maine, indefinitely due to market conditions.             Thirteen employees, three full-time, five full-time seasonal and five short-term seasonal, were laid off due to the closure.             Don Flannery, Maine Potato Board executive director, said that Cavendish will not be planting any potatoes in Maine this year.             “I’m not sure how many acres they planted but I would say that it was in the…  » Read more

Potato stock reports to resume

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.

WPVGA presents annual industry awards

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 of Myron Soik & Sons, based Stevens Point. Soik was recognized by the WPVGA for his lifetime achievement in the development of the state’s potato industry. Ron Krueger was named…  » Read more

USPB restructures domestic and international marketing departments

 (USPB) members approved the restructuring of the domestic and international marketing departments into one body, the USPB Marketing Department. The USPB administrative committee approved the consolidation during a meeting in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 10. The change will take effect July 1, with the start of the new marketing year. John Toaspern will oversee the new USPB Marketing Department as the chief marketing officer. Toaspern has been the USPB vice president for international marketing…  » Read more

Hardy new NPC president

Randy Hardy, of Hardy Farms in Oakley, Idaho, was elected president of the (NPC) for 2014. Hardy succeeds Randy Mullen, of Pasco, Wash.             NPC delegates also approved Dan Lake, of Ronan, Mont., as first vice president and vice president of the Environmental Affairs Committee. Additional members of the executive committee include: Nels Iverson, of Woodburn, Ore., vice president of the Finance and Office Procedures Committee; Jim Tiede, of American Falls, Idaho, vice president of…  » Read more

Halverson, Secor and Hoverson Farms receive awards

Gregg Halverson was presented with the Potato Man for All Seasons award at the National Potato Council’s annual banquet in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, January, 10, 2014. The award is presented by The Packer and TheGrower.com in conjunction with the NPC. Halverson, of Grand Forks, N.D., is the president and CEO of Black Gold Farms. Carl Hoverson and Hoverson Farms, of Larimore, N.D., received the NPC’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award during the NPC’s annual…  » Read more

NRCS predicts limited water supply for western states in 2014

A limited water supply is predicted west of the Continental Divide, according to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Water and Climate Center data in its first forecast of 2014. “Right now the West Coast is all red,” NRCS hydrologist Tom Perkins said in a USDA press release. “Early indications are it will be very dry in the western part of the West, but wetter as you travel east. There are some exceptions…  » Read more

MPIC receives state grant

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development awarded the Michigan Potato Industry Commission a grant for $82,032. The grant will be used to study the potential to profitably redirect chipping potatoes into alternative uses. The study will identify the best value-added processing opportunity for Michigan’s chipping potato industry and establish steps for implementation.

Pavelski receives Emerging Leader Award

Jeremie Pavelski is the recipient of Spudman’s 2014 Emerging Leader Award. Bayer CropScience sponsors the award. Pavelski received the award at the National Potato Council’s annual banquet in San Antonio, Texas. Pavelski, 31, is the president of Heartland Farms, based in Hancock, Wis. He is a fifth-generation potato farmer from Wisconsin. His family has been growing potatoes in Wisconsin’s Central Sands area since 1873. He and his wife, Alicia, live in Arkdale. The March issue…  » Read more

Day Two: POTATO EXPO 2014

I cornered Jerry Wright, United Potato Growers of America president, on the trade show floor of the POTATO EXPO 2014 Thursday afternoon between break-out sessions. I had missed Jerry’s presentation during UPGA’s Business Summit Wednesday morning and asked him what advice United was telling growers for the 2014 season. Wright said that based upon historical comparisons, models predict flat acreage versus last year. However, they also warn that increasing trend line yields cold produce as…  » Read more

POTATO EXPO 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 8: POTATO EXPO 2014 opened at 1 p.m. on the floor of the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, yesterday. Attendance was brisk though a number of people have not arrived yet due to weather related flight delays. Lots of folks have stopped by the Spudman booth to pick up free bumper stickers and Spudman license plates. Break-out sessions will be all afternoon today. Look for more reports later today. Below…  » Read more

APHIS reopens public comment period

In April 2013, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed a rule in the Federal Register to restructure regulations governing the importation of plants for planting.             APHIS has reopened the comment period for an additional 30 days for comments on their proposed framework for integrated pest risk management measures.             For more information on the proposed rule or to post a comment visit the APHIS website.             Comments will be accepted…  » Read more

New law changes MPIC assessment structure

Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder recently signed Public Act 202 of 2013 altering the 1970 law that authorized the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC). According to Mike Wenkel, MPIC executive director, the new legislation’s major modification is a change in the original legislation’s assessment structure. The new law authorizes the MPIC, subject to grower approval by referendum, to set an assessment rate each year based on industry needs. The amount could be either lower than the…  » Read more

EPA rule clears way for sequestration technologies

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that helps create a national framework to ensure safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. The new rule clarifies that carbon dioxide streams captured from emission sources, injected underground via Underground Injection Control Class VI wells are approved for the purpose of geologic sequestration under the Safe Drinking Water Act. CCS technologies allow carbon dioxide to be captured at stationary sources,…  » Read more

PCN regulated acres in Idaho decrease

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently announced that approximately 2,279 acres of Idaho farmland have been deregulated from pale cyst nematode (PCN) regulation. The PCN-regulated acres are found in northern Bingham County and southern Bonneville County. Currently, regulated acres total 10,774, of which 2,300 acres are infested. Visit the APHIS site for more information about PCN.

Trimble acquires C3 assets

Trimble announced the acquisition of C3 of Madison, Wis. The purchase of C3 enables Trimble to provide soil information and decision recommendations to farmers and agronomists. Farmers will be able to view C3 data on Trimble’s Connected Farm dashboard. C3 is a privately held company that combines crop information with detailed soil data for a more complete assessment of site-related factors that impact crop yield, quality and health. C3 products include Soil Information System solution,…  » Read more

Yara acquires ZIM

The Norwegian company Yara International has purchased German water sensor company ZIM Plant Technology. ZIM Plant Technology sells crop water sensor technology, used primarily in high-precision irrigation systems. Yara, based in Oslo, Norway, produces agricultural inputs including fertilizers, ammonia, nitrates, NPK and specialty fertilizers. Egil Hogna, senior vice president and head of downstream, said the purchase was “a strategic step for Yara into a new segment of the precision farming business.” Completion of the purchase…  » Read more

Syngenta announces new scholarships

Syngenta is introducing the new national Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship in 2014. The scholarship will replace Syngenta’s Potato Scholarship as well as scholarships for sugar beet and almond and is available to students in all crop markets. The scholarship will be available to undergraduate students enrolled as of spring 2014 in an accredited agriculture program at a land grant university. Details for the award, including prize amounts, essay topic and application guidelines are being finalized. The…  » Read more

FDA issues draft guidance on acrylamide

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a non-binding draft guidance to help growers, manufacturers and food service operators take measures to reduce acrylamide levels in certain foods. The document covers raw materials, processing practices and ingredients affecting potato-based foods, cereal-based foods and coffee. The draft guidance is part of a number of activities initiated by the FDA to study acrylamide in food. You can read the draft guidance here.

NASS releases crop production report

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2013 crop production report shows 936,000 harvest acres of fall potatoes. The 2013 total is a decrease of 63,000 acres from the 2012 total of 989,000. The NASS report indicates that 2013 yield per acre will increase six cwt to 429 cwt compared to 423 cwt in 2012. Total fall production in 2013 will be 401,500 cwt, down 16,463 cwt from 417,963 cwt in 2012. View the 2013 NASS…  » Read more

Klamath Basin growers create new endowment

Klamath Basin potato growers George Rajnus, Dan Chin and Lon Baley, with Bill Brewer, president and CEO of the Oregon Potato Commission (OPC), presented a check for $100,000 to Dan Arp, Ph.D., Oregon State University (OSU) dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Russell Karow, Ph.D., department head of Crop and Soil Science. The check represents the intent of the Klamath Basin potato industry, with the support of OPC, to contribute $250,000 to the…  » Read more