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Spudman 7: Mac Johnson

Mac Johnson has spent his entire career in marketing, working for, or with, many of the country’s largest consumer product goods. In 2000, he joined... more »

The Road to the Farm Bill

The estimated two-year process to rewrite the Farm Bill has started in earnest. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., held the fi... more »

Battle Plans for Disease Management

What is the best approach to disease management at planting — seed treatments or in-furrow applications? Or is this really a question about what cro... more »

Rockey Farms a blast from the past

Beneficial insects and complementary plant populations — you might call it neo-traditionalism, a recognition that past farming practices still have ... more »

The Future of Potato Research Funding is Here

The Potato Research Advisory Committee (PRAC) held one of its first meetings in Washington, D.C., just prior to the Potato D.C. Fly-In in February. Co... more »

Spudman 7: Doug Cole

Doug Cole has been the director of marketing and communications for Simplot Plant Sciences since 2012. In this capacity, Cole is responsible for build... more »

Potato Growers Back New Secretary of Agriculture

The search for a new Secretary of Agriculture went down to the wire, as the incoming Trump administration made former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue their ... more »

Where Did All the Money Go?

Toward the end of her life, my grandmother ran out of money. In a way, she was lucky – she had family that could help her, but it was a jarring disr... more »

Time for a Recharge

On Nov. 2, 2016, Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Gary Spackman signed an order creating a groundwater management area (GWMA) for the East... more »

Living the Dream

There’s a slight chill in the September air as Tim Topliff begins another harvest day in Nevada’s pre- dawn darkness at R.D. Offut’s (RDO) Winne... more »


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