News

October 5
Wisconsin potato growers help with watershed enhancement project

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA ) has joined the village of Plover and other partners in breaking ground to commence the first phase of the Little Plover River Watershed Enhancement Project (LPRWEP). The LPRWEP is a m... more


October 5
Crop has North Dakota growers optimistic

With a half dozen or so Red River Valley fresh shippers up and running, the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association said its early reports show a fine-looking crop of red and yellow potatoes in the Red River Valley. [caption id="attachment_11... more


October 4
Potatoes USA hires administrative operations assistant

Potatoes USA has hired Carla Rehfeld as administrative operations assistant for Potatoes USA’s administrative team. Rehfeld comes to the board with a background in providing administrative support, human resources, safety training and food audit... more


October 3
Volunteer potato management begins in the fall

Volunteer potatoes are potato plants that emerge from potato tubers that were left in the field in the previous growing season. Many potatoes are left in the field after harvest simply because they are not picked up by the harvester or they are too s... more


October 1
Farm Bill expires, House and Senate still divided

The current Farm Bill expired on Sunday, Sept. 30, as the conference committee was unable to work out key differences between the House and Senate versions for new legislation. Without further action by Congress, the National Potato Council (NPC) sai... more


October 1
NAFTA-type deal reached that includes Canada

Canada has agreed to join the United States and Mexico in a trade deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. and Canadian officials said Sept. 30. “Today, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside... more


September 27
Study: How plants harness microbes to get nutrients

A Rutgers-led team has discovered how plants harness microbes in soil to get nutrients, a process that could be exploited to boost crop growth, fight weeds and slash the use of polluting fertilizers and herbicides. In a process the team has name... more


September 27
NPC: Farm Bill expiration looms

There are just a handful of days left before the end of September and the expiration of the current Farm Bill. Though the conference committee continues to meet to work out differences, it is increasingly likely that a successor 2018 Farm Bill may no... more


September 25
USDA commodity procurement program includes purchase of potatoes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking action to assist farmers in response to what it called trade damage from unjustified retaliation. As part of those actions, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced the food purchas... more


September 25
USDA grant to fund research into snowpack and water allocations

Mountain snowpack is a primary source of water for the arid western United States. This region, which includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, receives precipitation in mountains far from agricultural fields, and du... more



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