August 6
BASF completes acquisition of Bayer businesses, assets

BASF has closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. The transaction is a strategic complement to BASF’s crop protection, biotech and digital farming activities and marks its entry into seeds, non-selective herbicides an... more

August 1
Volume down but value up of June potato sales

The total volume of potatoes sold at retail in the U.S. was down 3.2 percent in June 2018 compared to June 2017, though the value did increase 1.1 percent with a 4.8 percent increase in price per pound. That’s according to figures compiled by marke... more

August 1
NPC: Trade talks ramp up

In addition to USDA announcing a $12 billion program to mitigate the effects of retaliatory tariffs, The National Potato Council (NPC) said several high-level negotiations were held in Washington D.C. recently with trading partners directly involved ... more

July 31
Joe Sieczka passes away after long service to potato industry

Joe Sieczka, longtime potato specialist and Extension agent, has died. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Sieczka on July 29, 2018 at his home in New York,” The Potato Association of America (PAA) wrote in a release... more

July 31
European court rules gene editing equals GMO

 The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that crops created using gene editing techniques will be considered as genetically modified organisms under their regulations. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement saying the... more

July 26
Potato exports decline again in May

The volume of U.S. exports of frozen potato products declined 4 percent in May 2018 compared to 2017, with value down 2 percent, according to figures compiled by Trade Stats Northwest. The reduction was due to a 26 percent loss in Mexico, 38 percen... more

July 24
Judge doesn’t rule on Klamath Basin irrigation suit

Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by the Klamath Tribes against the Bureau of Reclamation, seeking a preliminary injunction that would require immediate s... more

July 24
USDA to assist farmers impacted by retaliation tariffs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from retaliation. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers wh... more

July 24
Trevor Suslow named PMA vice president of food safety

Starting this fall, Trevor Suslow will become the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) vice president of food safety. Suslow joins PMA from the University of California-Davis, where as Extension research specialist he has been researching, advisin... more

July 23
Arysta LifeScience sold to UPL Corporation

Platform Specialty Products has agreed to sell Arysta LifeScience, its agricultural solutions segment, to UPL Corporation. The deal will create the fifth largest crop protection company in the world, according to a Platform Specialty press release. ... more

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