News

May 25
Syngenta potato blight hotlines deliver insights to growers

Long-standing partnerships between Syngenta and key researchers on the potato blight hotlines continue in 2017. The hotlines provide growers in Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington access to local information about disease pressures.... more


May 25
Simplot holds off on Innate potatoes in Canada

Simplot Plant Sciences will not commercially grow Innate potatoes in Canada this year, CBC News reports. The company is reportedly waiting until there is a "proven market." CBC News spoke with Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications at... more


May 25
Wisconsin potato industry volunteers to create FMSC meals

Making a commitment to alleviate world hunger, the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) and the Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary (WPGA) are once again sponsoring a potato-meal packing event to help feed hungry children all o... more


May 23
Syngenta opens digital innovation lab

Syngenta welcomed visitors to its new Digital Innovation Lab at the University of Illinois Research Park during a grand opening event and forum. Faculty members, students, industry leaders, government officials, Syngenta customers and company leaders... more


May 22
Longtime Wisconsin grower passes

[caption id="attachment_9950" align="alignright" width="194"] Billie Bula[/caption] Billie Bula, of Antigo, Wisconsin, died Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Care Partners under the care of his family and LeRoyer Hospice. He was 100 years old. He was bor... more


May 22
Lawmakers react to ag labor concerns

Two bills with different perspectives were introduced in response to agriculture's farm labor crisis. Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) (joined by Patrick Leahy D-VT, Michael Bennet D-CO, Mazie Hirono D-HI and Kamala Harris D-CA), introduced a bill that ... more


May 19
Nominations open for 2018 Potatoes USA board

Nominations are now open for new Potatoes USA board members for the 2018-2021 term. There are a total of 58 open seats to be filled. All state potato organizations have received the information and materials to begin the process of seeking and nom... more


May 17
HELM hires West Coast regional sales manager

HELM Agro US has hired Charlene Bedal as the company’s new West Coast regional sales manager. In this role, Bedal is responsible for promoting sales of the HELM Agro US crop protection portfolio and supporting the company’s distributor and ret... more


May 16
Maine approves Simplot genetically engineered potatoes

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control unanimously approved the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes from J.R. Simplot Co. The approval means Simplot's Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic potatoes can be planted in... more


May 16
NDSU to operate free Potato Blightline service

The Plant Pathology Department at North Dakota State University will again be providing the potato Blightline service at no charge to the potato industry of North Dakota and western Minnesota in 2017. This year it may be important to monitor the B... more



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