News

May 23
USDA invests $83 million to aid domestic fertilizer production

The USDA is investing $83 million in 12 states to help increase domestic fertilizer production.  The funds are available through the Fertilizer Product Expansion Program, which aims to help recipients increase or expand the manufacturing and process... more


May 22
World Potato Congress appoints ambassador, choses emcee

A thought leader in agro-ecological sustainability has been appointed a World Potato Congress ambassador and an emcee chosen for the 12th annual event, to be held June 23-26 in Adelaide, Australia. Anika Molesworth, who has a Ph.D. in internationa... more


May 21
Download 2024 Labor Survey for industry insights

Spudman's 2024 Labor Survey contains a plethora of information about labor challenges faced by growers and the solutions they are implementing. The survey also sheds light on popular potato varieties and cultivation practices and delves into growe... more


May 21
McCain investing more than $370M in French production sites

McCain Foods is investing more than $377 million in three production facilities in France to bolster its competitiveness in the French and European markets. The Canadian-headquartered global frozen potato product manufacturer announced the investm... more


a pile of potatoes

May 20
Potatoes USA seeking nominations to fill 33 board seats

Nominations for Potatoes USA 2025 board members are open until Aug. 15. Nominees are sought to fill a total of 33 seats. All state potato organizations will receive information and materials to begin nominating interested growers, according to a n... more


A group gathers outside a Colorado potato production operation

May 20
EPA-USDA Farm Tour heads to North Carolina, Maryland

This past week, the EPA-USDA Farm Tour visited farms in North Carolina and Maryland in an annual event hosted by the National Potato Council. Staff from EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs and USDA’s Office of Pest Management Policy visit farms... more


May 15
Ag robotics showcase returning for third year

For the third year, FIRA USA will showcase new technology in the global AgRobotics sector.  The agricultural robotics conference is set for Oct. 22-24 at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, California. This northern California event offers i... more


May 14
Small fire damages equipment at Red River Potatoes

A small fire caused minimal equipment damage and led to the evacuation of staff at Red River Potatoes in Grand Forks, North Dakota. No one was injured in the fire, which was quickly contained on May 7, according to news reports. The Grand Forks... more


May 13
Detailed House farm bill summary released prior to scheduled markup

U.S. House markup of a draft 2024 Farm Bill is scheduled for May 23. On May 10, Glenn “G.T.” Thompson released a title-by-title summary of the House Agriculture Committee’s draft. The House bill will increase funding for the Specialty Crop R... more


May 9
Michigan research conference registration deadline nears

Registration for “Rooted in Progress: Envisioning the Future of Michigan's Potato Industry” is open until May 20. The event will take place June 18-20 at Crystal Mountain Resort in northwest Lower Michigan. Industry professionals, growers and ... more



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