December 5
Leavitt Farms of Maine wins 2018 McCain Foods Champion Grower Award

When it came time to stand up during the 2018 McCain Foods Champion Grower judging, potato grower Leavitt Farms stood out. Leavitt Farms LLC, based in Limestone, Maine, won the coveted award during the annual McCain Grower Barbecue in August. T... more

December 3
New USDA conservation leader Lohr to take ‘science-based approach’

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Dec. 3 the appointment of Matthew J. “Matt” Lohr to serve as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). In his role, Lohr will provide... more

December 1
USMCA deal: Mexico tariff on U.S. potatoes not lifted yet

On Nov. 30, leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada jointly signed a new free trade deal intended to update the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). During the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump and Mexico ... more

November 30
U.S., Canada, Mexico sign new trade agreement

The United States has signed a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the White House said. The signing took place Nov. 30 at the ... more

November 30
Potato plant researcher Phil Hamm gives final presentation, will retire in 2019

Phil Hamm has dedicated his professional life to studying plant disease and has been a great asset for potato growers in the process. Hamm’s journey, at least professionally, is coming to an end, however. The longtime Oregon State University emp... more

November 30
New Farm Bill agreement in place

Congressional negotiators working on the Farm Bill have “an agreement in principle” that could soon send the Farm Bill to the President. The bill technically expired earlier this year, and its renewal has been hung up on policy differences ove... more

November 28
Ag group seeks labor wage relief for growers

In a Nov. 28 letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) asked for short-term relief from imposition of new wage rates ... more

November 28
Soil Health Partnership tabs lead scientist to beef up research

The Soil Health Partnership has tapped Maria Bowman, a notable and experienced agricultural and resource economist, for the new position of lead scientist. Her role will be significant, guiding the organization in building a unique and extensive U.S.... more

November 27
Canada potato crop loses 15,000 acres to bad weather

Potato processors that rely on Canadian-grown spuds are facing a shortage. Poor harvest weather conditions have resulted in 15,000 acres — about 4 percent — of Canada’s potato crop being abandoned, reported The Western Producer. “This h... more

November 27
Idaho Potato Commission adds Todd Cornelison, Brett Jensen as commissioners

[caption id="attachment_11834" align="alignleft" width="640"] Todd Cornelison, left, Dan Nakamura, center, and Brett Jensen.[/caption] The Idaho Potato Commission has added two new commissioners and reappointed another. Todd Cornelison of shipp... more

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