June 25
Marrone Bio receives patent approval on bioinsecticide

Marrone Bio Innovations, a developer of biological crop protection and plant health solutions, has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for claims covering the composition and method of manufacturing for Grandevo ... more


June 24
Vive Crop Protection co-founder Darren Anderson to assume CEO role

Vive Crop Protection announces that Darren Anderson will step into the role of CEO effective July 1, 2019. [caption id="attachment_12673" align="alignright" width="300"] Darren Anderson[/caption] Anderson was most recently the president of Vive... more

June 22
Lamb Weston acquires Australian potato processor Harvest Choice

Lamb Weston Holdings (LW) announced June 21 that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Ready Meals Pty Ltd (Ready Meals), a frozen potato processor in Australia. Terms were not disclosed. Ready Meals sells frozen potato products under the Ha... more

June 22
Mexico becomes first to approve USMCA; push for further potato funding continues

This week, the House of Representatives began consideration of the FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations Bill on the House floor. This bill provides discretionary funding for the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and related age... more

June 21
Seed association names new leaders

The American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) newly elected officer team was announced June 19 during ASTA’s Policy & Leadership Development Conference (PLDC) in Denver. Members of the FY2019-20 ASTA officer team officially taking office on... more

June 20
D.C. Farms, Chandler family honored by Maine Potato Board

The Maine Potato Board has announced the Chandler family of D.C. Farms in Mapleton as the 2019 Farm Family of the Year. Darren Chandler, along with brother David, farm primarily in Mapleton and Castle Hill. Darren and David's father, Darrell Chan... more

June 20
USDA-certified organic farming operations rose 4% in 2018

The USDA’s certified organic operations increased in 2018 by nearly 2,000, or more than 4%. The number of certified organic operations in the United States reached 27,494 in 2018, up by 1,093 over the 2017 count, according to the USDA’s “Org... more

June 19
Sprout inhibitor chlorpropham (CIPC) officially banned by European Union

The European Commission will no longer allow the use of sprout inhibitor and herbicide chlorpropham (CIPC) as of Jan. 1, 2020. The European Potato Processors Association (EUPPA) reported the development to its members June 18. The EU Commission h... more

June 19
Latest in potato research to be shared at WSU’s Potato Field Day

Potato experts from Washington State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Northwest Potato Consortium and partner universities will share the latest in disease defense, production advances and new varieties at the WSU Potato Field Day in... more

June 19
Organic Farmers Association outlines policy goals

Organic Farmers Association (OFA), a national policy association committed to providing a strong and unified voice for domestic certified organic farmers, recently announced their 2019 policy platform. To view the policy priority details, visit O... more

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