May 5
CPAC holds video contest with Colorado schools

The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (CPAC) held its first Colorado Potatoes Video Contest. Colorado schools were invited to submit 2-minute videos to answer the question: "Why is it important to eat fruits and vegetables?" and to include Col... more

May 4
McCain Foods to expand Idaho operation

McCain Foods USA will be expanding its frozen french fry operation in Burley, Idaho. The investment is expected to generate more than 180 new jobs in the area with a larger production facility totaling $200 million, according to the state of Idaho. ... more

May 3
United Fresh’s DiSogra announces retirement

After more than a decade at the United Fresh Produce Association and a career that spans 40 years, Lorelei DiSogra, vice president, nutrition and health, will retire at the end of May. During her tenure, she helped shape federal nutrition policies to... more

May 3
Idaho to co-sponsor USDA outreach audit training

The USDA in conjunction with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) and the Idaho Grower Shippers Association (IGSA) will offer two 3-hour produce good agricultural practices (GAPs) harmonized food safety standar... more

May 2
International disease summit will focus on dickeya, pectobacterium

[caption id="attachment_9831" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Dickeya has caused significant U.S. economic losses over the past three years. Photo: Jianjun (Jay) Hao, University of Maine.[/caption] Two bacteria threatening the potato industry w... more

May 2
Providing greater flexibility for school meals

The USDA will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal programs in order to make food choices both healthful and appealing to students. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made this announcement during a visit to ... more

May 1
BPIA now accepting award nominations

The Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA) is accepting nominations for its BPIA 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award, and its BPIA 2017 Member of the Year Award. The BPIA 2017 Awards will be presented during the BPIA 2017 Fall Meeting in Orlan... more

April 28
Applications sought for NPC environmental award

Since 1988, the National Potato Council (NPC) has presented the Environmental Stewardship Award, recognizing a farming operation that has developed innovative approaches to safeguarding the environmental resources on their farm, while enhancing ... more

April 28
Hickman to continue leading Potatoes USA Finance committee

[caption id="attachment_9800" align="alignright" width="258"] Phil Hickman[/caption] Phil Hickman of Horntown, Virginia was re-elected to the Potatoes USA Executive committee on March 16, 2017 at the organization’s 45th annual meeting in Denver,... more

April 27
Farm Bill field hearing scheduled for Michigan

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry will hold its second Farm Bill field hearing of the 115th Congress in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The meeting begins work on the 2018 Farm Bill. The Saginaw Valley Research & Extension... more

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