February 15
WPVGA honors Nick Somers with Hall of Fame induction

Long-time fresh, processed and organic potato and vegetable grower Nick Somers of Plover River Farms, Stevens Point, was inducted into the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) Hall of Fame at the industry’s annual awards banqu... more

February 13
California, Colorado potato companies join forces

Monte Vista, Colorado-based Farm Fresh Direct and Cal-Ore Produce, based in Tulelake, California, have joined forces to continue in both their organic and conventional programs. Farm Fresh will act as the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Cal-O... more

February 13
Study finds competition massively outspending U.S. on export promotion

A study conducted by Informa Economics and funded by the National Potato Council, released Feb.9, showed several foreign governments outspending the U.S. by 4 to 1 on agricultural export promotion. The report focused on the European Union, Australia,... more

February 12
Valmont buys majority stake in Torrent Engineering and Equipment

Valmont Industries recently has acquired a majority interest in Indiana-based Torrent Engineering and Equipment. Torrent founders Joe Cousins and Mark Meadows will continue to lead Torrent as co-presidents. “Irrigation systems are becoming incre... more

February 12
Taiwan changes rules for table stock and chipping potato imports

Taiwan authorities amended their quarantine documentation requirements for imports of fresh potatoes, both table stock and chipping potatoes. The Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) said these amendments are not expected to disrupt trade and th... more

February 5
Pair of federal agencies reach accord on food policy oversight

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb,  reached a formal agreement Jan. 30 aimed at making the oversight of food more efficient and effective by bolstering coordination between the two agencies. The formal agree... more

February 5 designed to be a one-stop shop for agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled, a grower-friendly, “one-stop shop” maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Perdue unveiled the website Thursday morning, Feb. 1, at a breakfast h... more

February 5
USDA rolls out first phase of new market reporting platform

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the launch of a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information to the commodities industry. The new web-based platform, Market Analysis ... more

February 2
HELM launches grass and broadleaf herbicides for potatoes

HELM Agro has launched new crop protection products in the first quarter of 2018. HELMET and HELMET SPC herbicides are HELM’s new metolachlor offerings for grass and small-seeded broadleaf control in potatoes, corn, sorghum, soybeans, tomatoes a... more

February 2
Drone group creates Trusted Operator Program

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has  announced a group to help develop the Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for remote pilots and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training organizations that serve the agriculture comm... more

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