April 18
Agtech startup database now available from Western Growers

Western Growers has launched an interactive directory that acts as a marketplace for agricultural technology (agtech) startups. Found at, the Western Growers AgTech Innovation Directory allows users to identify, research a... more

April 18
Washington state truckers getting a break on weight restrictions

The Washington State Potato Commission led the charge to get truckers a break on weight restrictions in that state. A bill passed in the state House of Representatives will allow drivers to exceed weight limits by up to 5% twice in a calendar year... more

April 17
Syngenta adds ‘Hamburgers in Paradise’ author Louise Fresco to board of directors

Following the annual general meeting of shareholders on April 12, it was announced that Louise O. Fresco will join Syngenta's board of directors as an independent non-executive director, effective immediately. Fresco is currently President of Wage... more

April 17
New potato disease video series released by Michigan State University

Dickeya and Pectobacterium are closely related bacteria species that cause seed piece decay, blackleg, aerial stem rot and wilt and tuber soft rot. Michigan State University has partnered with several other organizations to develop new video se... more

April 17
Nestlé blockchain pilot allows consumers to trace instant mashed potato product back to the farm

Mousline purée, a popular instant mashed potato product produced in France, will allow consumers to trace it all the way back to the potato field. A new initiative involving Nestlé, the maker of Mousline, and major retailer Carrefour will allow ... more

April 16
Marrone Bio tabs TerraLink for western Canada distribution of biofungicide

Marrone Bio Innovations, a developer of biological crop protection and plant health solutions, has appointed TerraLink Horticulture as a distributor of its Regalia Maxx Biofungicide in western Canada. TerraLink has been a supplier of crop input pr... more

April 15
National Potato Council offering $10,000 graduate school scholarship

The National Potato Council will award one $10,000 scholarship to a graduate student (master’s degree or higher) working to conduct research and provide information that will improve the future of the U.S. potato industry. Completed applications... more

April 15
Japan further reduces tariffs on Canadian potatoes, U.S. exporters play waiting game

From the Washington State Potato Commission: On April 1, Japan initiated a further round of tariff reductions for members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP, otherwise known as the TPP-1... more


April 12
Sentera’s drone scouting equipment gets high-speed brushless gimbal

Sentera is now offering miniature high-speed brushless gimbal for use with its drone scouting equipment. The gimbal is customized for Sentera Single sensors mounted on DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 equipment. The gimbal boosts acres-per-hour coverage by ... more

April 11
USDA releases Census of Agriculture results, total farms down 3.2 percent

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture. It spans 6.4 million new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including new data about on-farm dec... more

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