June 22
2018 Farm Bill legislation passed by House

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a draft Farm Bill late Thursday afternoon, June 21. The margin was just two votes, 213-211. The bill failed to pass the House during its first vote a month ago –  media outlets rep... more

June 21
Regulatory agencies, courts move to redefine WOTUS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) took another step in redefining the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) definition. In a release, the National Potato Council said under the previous administration's defini... more

June 21
Senate ag committee moves Farm Bill

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee passed their version of a new Farm Bill on June 13. Senate Majority Leader McConnell said during the mark-up, that it is intended to be considered on the floor before the July 4 congressional... more

June 19
Northern Plains potato growers hire new president

The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA) based in East Grand Forks, Minnesota has hired Donavon Johnson to be its new president. Johnson started on June 4 and will be replacing Chuck Gunnerson, who is retiring after leading the organiza... more

June 14
Potato exports rally in April

U.S. exports of frozen potato products increased 8 percent in volume and 9 percent in value in April 2018 compared to April 2017, according to numbers reported by Potatoes USA. Dehy exports were up 21 percent in volume and 21 percent in value. Fres... more

June 13
Indonesia opened to U.S. fresh potatoes

On June 5, the U.S. and Indonesia reached a market access agreement that will allow U.S. fresh potatoes to be exported to Indonesia under a defined set of phytosanitary requirements. The National Potato Council said the agreement comes after four yea... more

June 11
Mexico files retaliatory tariffs on frozen fries

The Mexican government has imposed retaliatory tariffs on multiple U.S. products including frozen fries. This action results in an immediate tariff increase from 0 percent to 20 percent. This is part of an ongoing trade dispute in which the U.S. r... more

June 11
  Washington looking for two at-large potato commissioners

The Washington State Potato Commission has two current at-large commissioner positions that are up for re-appointment. These two industry positions are currently held by Mike Madsen, at-large position 12, and Roger Hawley, at-large position 14. The ... more

June 4
New FieldNET modem will support 4G LTE

Lindsay Corporation will now include 4G LTE functionality in its FieldNET technology. The new cellular Category M1 (Cat-M1) modem has been certified and approved by a major wireless carrier as a network ready-to-integrate device that supports 4G ... more

June 4
Rain Bird rolls out new XLR series water jets

Designed for long range applications, like irrigating potato fields, Rain Bird has released three models in its new XLR series with multiple nozzles that allow for customized throw ranges. [caption id="attachment_11377" align="alignright" width="3... more

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