August 19
5 ways to decrease fertilizer use

Commercial organic and synthetic nitrogen fertilizer helps feed around half of the world’s population. While excessive fertilizer use poses environmental and public health risks, many developing nations lack access to it, leading to food insecurity... more

August 19
Perdue pushes for fresh US potatoes to Mexico, industry says ‘thank you’

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has been vocal in support of more U.S. potato access to Mexico, and the potato industry, led by the National Potato Council, has acknowledged it in a letter to him. In a recent House Agriculture Appropria... more

Sklarczyk Seed Farm Exporter

August 19
Sklarczyk Seed Farm honored as Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year

Awards just keep rolling in for Sklarczyk Seed Farm. The Johannesburg, Michigan potato seed operation, which includes a tissue-culture lab and extensive greenhouse, has been named the 2019 Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year by the state's D... more

August 19
NPC accepting nominations for 2020 leadership institute

The National Potato Council is now accepting applications for the 2020 Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI). PILI provides tools to help younger growers and industry members develop as leaders and motivate them to commit their time and energy ... more

August 19
DOT proposes changes to Hours of Service regulation for truckers

The Washington State Potato Commission and the National Potato Council have been stressing the importance to create common sense flexibility to the current Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Ca... more

LaBrie Maine red potatoes

August 14
Late-summer potato crop progress reports from around the U.S.

Harvest 2019 is right around the corner for the major potato-producing regions in the northern United States. Here are a few reports from around the country. In Idaho, below average temperatures, and even some frost, have caused problems for growe... more

Spudkins Fry Cuts

August 14
Calbee adds new potato snack: Spudkins Fry Cuts

Calbee North America recently announced the launch of a new potato snack — Spudkins Fry Cuts. They are made from russet potatoes and come in three flavors: Honey Barbecue, Yellow Cheddar and Sour Cream & Onion. “We're excited to leverage C... more

Rantizo drone spraying buckwheat

August 14
Rantizo drone spraying receives approval in Minnesota, Nebraska

Rantizo received approval for agricultural drone spraying in three more Midwest states this week, bringing the total to five. In addition to Iowa and Wisconsin, Rantizo, based in Iowa City, has now received approval in Illinois, Minnesota and Nebrask... more

Irving Farms whites

August 12
Maine crop coming into form, in spite of dry conditions

Like most potato-growing regions of the U.S., a wet spring caused planting delays in Aroostook County, Maine. As the calendar turned to summer, conditions turned arid, which has become the norm in recent years for the area. “It has been dry,” ... more

August 12
Marrone Bio acquires Finnish seed treatment and fertilizer company

Marrone Bio Innovations, a sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions company, announced Aug. 8 that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Pro Farm Technologies OY. The move will increase Marrone Bio’s market shar... more

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