July/August 2021

Chip makers Better Made, Uglies finding ways to cut down on food waste

As sustainability continues to grab a larger share of public attention, food producers are meeting the challenge by coming up with new ways to get more out of available resources. Potatoes, one of ... more
farmer stress

Column: Farmers shouldn’t face more taxes to pay for added federal spending

“A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money." That quote popularly attributed to former Senator Everett Dirksen, who served in Congress from 1933 to 1969, almost s... more

Fresh potato trade with Mexico remains frustrating for US growers

In April of this year, by a vote of 5-0, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled in favor of overturning a lower court decision that prevented the Mexican federal government from allowing imports of fresh U.S... more

Maximizing potato production with proper late-season irrigation

Without irrigation, profitable potato production would be unlikely in low rainfall regions. Proper season-long soil moisture is the key to maximizing tuber yield, quality and grower return.  In we... more

Sheep grazing appears to have positive impact on soil health

The concept of regenerative agriculture is popular these days. The Rodale Institute states that regenerative agriculture “prioritizes soil health while simultaneously encompassing high standards for... more

Strohauer Farms uses organic, fingerling potatoes to diversify and grow

When the other kids were riding tricycles, Harry Dean Strohauer already had his sights set on driving tractors. If he saw a chance to cut school in favor of cleaning a ditch, young Harry would have gl... more

Wagner Farms wins first Specialty Crop Sustainability Award

Everything is in bloom at Wagner Farms in Rome, New York, where farm operations and the very business model have been remodeled around the concept of sustainability. The central New York state oper... more

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