News

February 22
APHIS takes area in New York out of golden nematode regulated area

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing 193,782 acres from the golden nematode (GN) regulated area in Cayuga, Seneca, Steuben, Suffolk and Wayne counties in New York. APHIS said it is removing the quarantine area ... more


February 20
WPVGA grower education conference available online

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) has posted the 2018 (and 2017) proceedings of the annual University of Wisconsin Extension (UWEX ) and WPVGA Grower Education Conference online. “We intend to maintain this site fo... more


February 15
WPVGA honors Nick Somers with Hall of Fame induction

Long-time fresh, processed and organic potato and vegetable grower Nick Somers of Plover River Farms, Stevens Point, was inducted into the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) Hall of Fame at the industry’s annual awards banqu... more


February 13
California, Colorado potato companies join forces

Monte Vista, Colorado-based Farm Fresh Direct and Cal-Ore Produce, based in Tulelake, California, have joined forces to continue in both their organic and conventional programs. Farm Fresh will act as the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Cal-O... more


February 13
Study finds competition massively outspending U.S. on export promotion

A study conducted by Informa Economics and funded by the National Potato Council, released Feb.9, showed several foreign governments outspending the U.S. by 4 to 1 on agricultural export promotion. The report focused on the European Union, Australia,... more


February 12
Valmont buys majority stake in Torrent Engineering and Equipment

Valmont Industries recently has acquired a majority interest in Indiana-based Torrent Engineering and Equipment. Torrent founders Joe Cousins and Mark Meadows will continue to lead Torrent as co-presidents. “Irrigation systems are becoming incre... more


February 12
Taiwan changes rules for table stock and chipping potato imports

Taiwan authorities amended their quarantine documentation requirements for imports of fresh potatoes, both table stock and chipping potatoes. The Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) said these amendments are not expected to disrupt trade and th... more


February 5
Pair of federal agencies reach accord on food policy oversight

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb,  reached a formal agreement Jan. 30 aimed at making the oversight of food more efficient and effective by bolstering coordination between the two agencies. The formal agree... more


February 5
Farmers.gov designed to be a one-stop shop for agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled Farmers.gov, a grower-friendly, “one-stop shop” maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Perdue unveiled the website Thursday morning, Feb. 1, at a breakfast h... more


February 5
USDA rolls out first phase of new market reporting platform

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the launch of a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information to the commodities industry. The new web-based platform, Market Analysis ... more



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