September 9
LaJoie Farms honored as McCain Foods Champion Grower for ’18-19

McCain Foods honored some of its top potato providers during its annual banquet in Presque Isle, Maine in August by announcing its Champion Grower awards program winners. Taking the highest honor as the 2018-19 Champion Grower was LaJoie Farms, ba... more

September 6
Potatoes USA ends funding to Culinary Institute of America over stance on spuds

[caption id="attachment_12030" align="alignright" width="292"] Blair Richardson[/caption] Potatoes USA considered its relationship with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) as a “cornerstone” of its mission to promote spuds, Potatoes USA CE... more

September 5
EPA’s biostimulant regulations remain in flux

The EPA’s consideration of a regulation touching on biostimulants is drawing substantial interest from the industry. The agency collected comments on a draft document, “Guidance for Plant Regulator Label Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants,... more

September 5
Far West Agribusiness Association director Fitzgerald announces retirement

Far West Agribusiness Association (FWAA) Executive Director James Fitzgerald will retire effective Jan. 1, 2020. He has held the post since 2008. Fitzgerald will continue to assist the FWAA with legislative sessions while lending support to the ne... more

September 5
Farm bankruptcy program cap raised to $10 million

President Donald Trump signed the Family Farm Relief Act (H.R. 2336) into law Aug. 23, raising the Chapter 12 operating debt cap to $10 million, allowing more family farmers the ability to seek relief under the bankruptcy program. According to... more

September 4
McCain starts on $12 million expansion to New Brunswick facility

McCain Foods Canada has announced a $12 million investment to its potato processing plant in Florenceville, New Brunswick. The expansion will add capacity to the existing line that produces french fries for the company’s foodservice and retail b... more

September 4
TOMRA introducing new 3A potato sorter

TOMRA Food has introduced the TOMRA 3A sensor-based sorting machine for freshly harvested root crops, offering potato growers increased sorting capabilities. The TOMRA 3A replaces the FPS (Field Potato Sorter) machine with which TOMRA first entered t... more

Valley Irrigation over the air

September 4
Valley Irrigation adds automatic wireless update capability

Valley Irrigation has announced another industry first: the ability to push updates “over the air” to its ICON control panels. This ag tech advancement is available automatically through the built-in Valley ICON Link. Over-the-air updates will... more

September 3
Halverson family adds Kling to Black Gold Farms’ board of directors

[caption id="attachment_12937" align="alignright" width="225"] Doug Kling[/caption] Black Gold Farms has announced a new addition to its board of directors, one outside the Halverson family. Food industry veteran Doug Kling, who is currently CE... more

September 3
Idaho Potato Commission highlights state growers with ‘Thank a Farmer’ promotion

Many say potatoes put Idaho on the map. The crew at the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) doesn't disagree, but prefers to say potatoes and their dedicated growers put Idaho on the map. Recently, the IPC created a social media campaign — Thank a Far... more

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