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May 15
NPC endorses USDA undersecretary for trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said the move is being taken in recognition of the "ever-increasing importance of international trade to America... more


May 15
United Fresh Innovation Awards finalists named

United Fresh has announced the 46 new products as finalists for the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2017 Innovation Awards. This year’s finalists will compete in five categories for the title of Best New Product at United Fresh 2017, June 13-1... more


May 12
Washington growers to vote on marketing order

Washington potato producers will vote from June 9–23, on whether to continue the federal marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington. Producers who have produced potatoes in Washington from July 1, 2015, through Ju... more


May 11
Tips for scouting, controlling black dot

{Sponsored} Because black dot infects potato plants relatively early in the season and symptoms generally do not appear until late in the growing season, potato growers must always be prepared. In fact, potato growers should expect to encounter th... more


May 11
Omnibus bill increases potato breeding funds

Before leaving Washington, D.C., for a one week recess, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the government through the end of September. The conference report includes an increase in the ... more


May 11
Considerations for developing a fertilizer program

The following should be considered when developing a fertilizer program for potato production. pH pH is an important factor in any fertilizer program and in controlling common scab. As pH increases to near 6.0 plant nutrients also increase an... more


May 10
Trader Joe’s Rauch to deliver keynote at United Fresh

Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, will deliver the keynote at the 2017 United Fresh, International Floriculture Expo, and Global Cold Chain Expo Joint Opening General Session on Wednesday, June 14. Rauch’s career with Trader Joe’... more


May 9
TOMRA builds world’s largest steam peeler

TOMRA Sorting Food has built and delivered the world’s highest capacity steam peeler, which will be used by a potato processing company. The new Eco steam peeler stands more than eight meters (26 feet) tall. The processing capacity of the steam ... more


May 7
Idahoan soup receives 2017 Best New Product Award

Market research firm BrandSpark International has recognized Idahoan Premium Steakhouse Soups as a winner of a 2017 Best New Product Award (BNPA), in its Food and Beverage consumer product category. The BNPAs cover four major consumer product cat... more


May 6
Wisconsin well bill moves to governor, potato bills clear Senate

On Tuesday, May 2, with a vote of 62-35, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed Senate Bill 76, the legislation allowing high capacity well owners to repair, replace, reconstruct and transfer ownership of their wells without additional Wisconsin Depart... more



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