News

August 17
Late blight confirmed in Michigan’s Monroe County

Potato late blight has been reported in Michigan’s Monroe County. Late blight was confirmed by Michigan State University Diagnostic Services, and the causal organism identified as Phytophthora infestans. The genotype is believed to be US-23. In... more


August 16
Retail potato sales value up for marketing year

Sales were up for the July 2017–June 2018 marketing year as compared to the previous 52 weeks. That’s according to numbers from research firm IRI. The increase in value was led by refrigerated up 7.9 percent, frozen up 2.9 percent, fresh potatoes... more


August 13
Court rules against EPA on chlorpyrifos

A three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent action to maintain the tolerances for chlorpyrifos. The panel’s 2-1 decision requires EPA to move forward with its orig... more


August 13
Potatoes USA hires assistant marketing manager

Potatoes USA has welcomed Kendra Keenan as assistant marketing manager. Keenan brings a background in food marketing to her role, Potatoes USA said, including time at Sun World International, The Spice Way San Diego and at Fresh Origins Microgr... more


August 13
Jury awards cancer patient $289 M in Monsanto case

A San Francisco jury on Friday handed down a $289 million judgment to a former school groundskeeper who had sued Monsanto, national media reported. Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge issued a written statement after the judgment: “We ar... more


August 10
Great American Media Services Ag Group named finalist in Eddie & Ozzie Awards

Great American Media Services’ Agriculture Group has been named a finalist in five categories of the 2018 Folio Magazine Eddie and Ozzie Awards, the publishing industry’s most prestigious and coveted honor for editorial and design excellence. The... more


August 9
Researchers study effects of Calcium Chloride, Calcium Nitrate

In potato production, calcium nutrients can be applied in the form of calcium chloride or calcium nitrate. In this regard, application of calcium nutrients during growth of potato plants can be considered as an alternative method to improve plant gro... more


August 9
Potato industry to sell spuds as performance-boosting

The Potato industry is making a strong statement about potatoes to demonstrate the performance-boosting benefits of America’s favorite vegetable. Potatoes USA worked with its members to identify a nutrition-based lifestyle benefit that challen... more


August 9
Farmers for Free Trade roll out $800k campaign against tariffs

The advocacy group Farmers for Free Trade has purchased $800,000 worth of advertising that began hitting the airwaves Aug. 8. The bipartisan campaign chaired by Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Max Baucus (D-MT) is called “Tariff... more


August 9
Calcium’s role in potato quality, production

Calcium plays an important role in the growth and development of plants. Cell membrane health is very crucial to the survival and health of the plant cell. The health of the cell membranes can only be maintained in the presence of sufficient Ca aroun... more



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