October 23
Grant funding available for new farmers in New York state

Funding is available to assist new and early-stage farmers through the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Now in its third year, the program builds upon the success of 2015 when more than $743,000 was awarded to 25 early-stage farms across the st... more

October 21
FMC seeks registration for new fungicide active ingredient

FMC Agricultural Solutions has begun the joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency registration process for bixafen, a new pyrazole carboxamide fungicide that belongs to a new generation of succinate de... more


October 20
Michigan Upper Peninsula variety trial results released

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension conducts multi-location field trials every year to evaluate new potato varieties. The Upper Peninsula location for trials was at TJJ Farms in Cornell, Michigan, operated by Tony and Joe VanDamme. In 2016, 32 ... more

October 20
North Dakota potato research grants top $480,000

Twenty-seven grants totaling over $2.3 million were recently awarded to promote the development, cultivation, production and sales of specialty crops in North Dakota. North Dakota State University received six grants worth more than $912,000 for pota... more


October 19
Cornell receives $1.2M grant to help eradicate potato pest

Cornell’s longstanding battle against a major potato pest is getting a $1.2 million boost in new state funding. The destructiveness of the golden nematode, currently quarantined to eight New York counties, threatens the state’s annual $73 mill... more


October 19
Michigan potato commission receives USDA specialty crop grant

The Michigan Potato Industry Commission is among several Michigan awardees of specialty crop grants from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The commission is the recipient of a $99,805 grant for developing tools to identify post-harvest... more

October 18
Renewed registration issued for products containing sulfoxaflor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re-established the registration of products containing sulfoxaflor (Isoclast Active), including Transform WG, Closer SC and Sequoia insecticides. “U.S. growers have used Isoclast for four full years... more

October 17
Potato grower reappointed to FCIC board

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reappointed four members to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) board of directors. James Bardenhagen, John F. Finston, Iris V. Sáenz and Kenneth Ray Sneed, who joined the board in 2013, will each serv... more

October 15
PMA creates new award honoring CEO Bryan Silbermann

To honor retiring Produce Marketing Association (PMA) CEO Bryan Silbermann, a new award honoring his collaborative leadership style is being established. The new award was announced by PMA President Cathy Burns at PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention &... more

October 12
Jill Rittenberg joins Potatoes USA

Potatoes USA has hired Jill Rittenberg as global marketing manager for its ingredient marketing program. [caption id="attachment_8203" align="alignright" width="166"] Jill Rittenberg[/caption] Rittenberg brings a proven track record of developi... more

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