February 1
Senate bill in Washington state could lead to more surface water access

A new bill introduced in the Washington state legislature could help get surface water drylands. Senate Bill 5136 would create a water infrastructure program would fund projects through a competitive grant program, reported the Chinook Observer. T... more

February 1
Higher-concentration version of fungicide AZteroid receives EPA approval

AZteroid FC 3.3 fungicide recently received approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AZteroid FC 3.3 is a new higher concentration formulation of AZteroid FC from Vive Crop Protection. “Farmers who grow sugarbeets, potatoes, d... more


February 1
Big Idaho Potato Truck logged 40,000 miles, attended 68 events in 2018

When the Big Idaho Potato dropped at midnight in front of the Idaho State Capitol Building on New Year’s Eve, the Big Idaho Potato Truck, which was front and center for the “spudtacular” show, which officially ended its 2018 tour. In 2018, t... more

January 31
Potatoes USA receives $3.67 million USDA’s Agricultural Trade Promotion Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Jan. 31 the USDA has awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export mark... more

January 30
Three-day soil health workshop coming to Pendleton, Oregon

Growers and agricultural professionals in Washington, Oregon and Idaho can learn the latest in soil health practices from experts at the "Healthy Soils, Healthy Region Workshop" in Pendleton, Oregon, on March 12-14, 2019. Co-hosted by Washington Sta... more

January 30
House Agriculture Committee names six Subcommittee chairs

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota announced the election of the Chairs of the six House Agriculture Subcommittees following the Committee’s Democratic Caucus organizational meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24. ... more

January 30
Canadian grower W.P. Griffin launches line of flavored microwavable potatoes

There is a new line of flavored mini potatoes available in eastern Canada. W.P. Griffin Inc. has announced the launching of Potato Cuisine Microwaveable Mini Potatoes. The mini potatoes come with a choice of different spices, which consumers can add... more

January 30
EU considering ban of chlorpropham, sprout inhibitor used on stored potatoes

Potato storers in the UK are concerned about the uncertainty of future use of the sprout inhibitor chlorpropham (CIPC) in the European Union. The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) reported: "Potato store managers in the UK... more

January 29
Perdue names three to high-ranking roles in USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Jan. 28 selected three people individuals for senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). They include: Mindy Brashears, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety [caption id... more

January 28
Government shutdown over, USDA employees return to work

President Donald Trump reopened the federal government Jan. 25, agreeing to a temporary funding measure that would allow federal employees to return to work. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement in response to... more

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