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May 30
Soil health profitability data target of $850K grant from Cargill

Management practices that improve soil health can be good for the farm and the environment, but farmers need information on economics when deciding whether to adopt these practices. To address this, Cargill and the Soil Health Institute have announce... more


May 29
Planting report: Wet spring delays showing up in the numbers

Flooding in the Red River Valley this spring has created havoc for many farmers trying to get their crops planted. Potato farmers there are doing better than most, however. As of May 26, potato planting in Minnesota was reported at 81% complete, d... more


May 28
Nearly half of Washington facing emergency drought conditions

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded the drought emergency declaration to cover nearly half of Washington state due to worsened, poor water supply conditions around the state and warmer and drier weather predictions through the summer. Snowpack... more


May 28
BASF, Rothamsted challenge students to get creative on soil management

Rothamsted Research and BASF are working together in a long-term collaboration to shape modern sustainable agriculture. The goal is to jointly address current agricultural challenges by identifying areas of research and development where novel approa... more


May 28
Progress made on overturning USDA limits to potatoes for school breakfast program

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee included a provision in its FY20 bill that prohibits the U.S. Department of Agriculture from excluding or limiting potato access to the school breakfast program. This provision seeks to resolve one of... more


May 24
Western Growers calls USDA’s trade mitigation package ‘insufficient’ for farmers

In response to the release of the Trump administration’s latest trade assistance package, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement: Tom Nassif “We appreciate the efforts of the administration to again partia... more


May 24
North Dakota investing $30 million in drone technology

North Dakota has pledged $30 million to improve drone capabilities in several areas, including agriculture. In early May, Gov. Doug Burgum signed into law a bill that will "build out infrastructure that would support beyond visual line of sight (B... more


May 24
Bio Huma Netics adds Lamar as head of humic research

Bio Huma Netics has announced the addition of Richard Lamar as its new senior director of humic research. He started May 1. Lamar holds degrees in biology and forestry from the University of Miami and Mississippi State University, as well as a Ph.... more


May 23
Dan Moss reps potato industry at White House agricultural event

[caption id="attachment_9751" align="alignright" width="240"] Dan Moss[/caption] On May 23, the U.S. potato industry was represented by Dan Moss at an agricultural trade event at the White House with President Trump. Moss is a potato grower based ... more


May 23
USDA announces initial details of $16 billion trade relief package, no mention of potatoes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced May 23 details of a $16 billion package to assist farms that have been hurt by ongoing trade wars with various countries, including China. Although several specialty crops were listed in the aid package... more



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