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August 9
Potato industry to sell spuds as performance-boosting

The Potato industry is making a strong statement about potatoes to demonstrate the performance-boosting benefits of America’s favorite vegetable. Potatoes USA worked with its members to identify a nutrition-based lifestyle benefit that challen... more


August 9
Farmers for Free Trade roll out $800k campaign against tariffs

The advocacy group Farmers for Free Trade has purchased $800,000 worth of advertising that began hitting the airwaves Aug. 8. The bipartisan campaign chaired by Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Max Baucus (D-MT) is called “Tariff... more


August 9
Calcium’s role in potato quality, production

Calcium plays an important role in the growth and development of plants. Cell membrane health is very crucial to the survival and health of the plant cell. The health of the cell membranes can only be maintained in the presence of sufficient Ca aroun... more


August 9
New breeding technique to be used to fight late blight

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Albany, California, say they have found a way to streamline the process that scientists use to insert multiple genes into a crop plant, which will make it easier and more reliable to breed a variety o... more


August 9
Plants use calcium to send internal warning of attacking aphids

Scientists at the John Innes Centre have discovered how plants send internal warning signals in response to an attack by aphids. They found that when the insect feeds on a leaf it triggers the plant to admit calcium into the damaged cells. This sm... more


August 8
Potatoes USA appoints global marketing manager

Potatoes USA has hired Kayla Dome as global marketing manager for its retail sector. Dome comes to Potatoes USA with a background in merchandising and sales. She spent the last several years working in the produce industry for Grimmway Farms where... more


August 7
J.R. Simplot secures license for CRISPR gene editing tools

The J.R. Simplot Company has executed a joint intellectual property licensing agreement with Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for foundational CRISPR-Cas9 and related gene editing t... more


August 7
Sentera expands use of Gimbaled Quad Sensor

Sentera’s Quad sensor is now available in an integrated gimbal-stabilized package for DJI Inspire and Matrice drones. Featuring four fully-customizable and individually-filtered focal plane arrays, the Quad sets the standard for data accuracy and e... more


August 6
China plans tariffs on $60 billion of imports

China announced, on Aug 3, that it would match the Trump Administration's recent increase in tariffs with an additional $60 billion in retaliation on U.S. goods. It is not immediately known which products will be included on the new list, the Nation... more


August 6
Farm Bill conference set

The Senate has chosen its slate of members to negotiate the 2018 Farm Bill conference agreement. The Republicans will be represented by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, ... more



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