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June 13
McCain Foods supplier NewCold opens $90 million facility in Idaho

NewCold, the Netherlands-based specialist in automated cold storage, announced the opening of its $90 million, 180,000-square-foot facility in Burley, Idaho. It is one of the largest cold storage warehouses in the United States and will employ 100 pe... more


June 12
NPC joins coalition of farm groups in support of new Canada-Mexico trade pact

The National Potato Council joined with over 950 farm groups and agricultural organizations in a letter urging Congress to immediately ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “Canada and Mexico are two of our top three largest export mar... more


June 12
Potato representatives among those named to trade advisory committee

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on June 11 announced the appointment of 140 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and six Agricultural Technical Advi... more


June 12
Storage Network designed to help UK growers deal with loss of CIPC

The UK-based Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has launched its new Storage Network, as part of an £800,000 ($1.016 million) fund for sprout suppression and storage support. Potato store managers from levy-paying businesses wi... more


June 11
PMA’s chief science officer to retire in January

Bob Whitaker will retire in January 2020 after 11 years of service as chief science and technology officer for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). Whitaker is the first person to serve PMA as science and technology officer, and has led the or... more


June 4
Syngenta names Chris Davison head of business sustainability for North America

Syngenta has appointed Chris Davison as head, business sustainability for North America, effective June 1. Davison, previously head of corporate and government affairs for Syngenta in Canada, is relocating from Guelph, Ontario, to Washington, D.C. ... more


June 4
Idaho potato grower Don McFarland awarded $1 million for elk damage

Idaho organic potato grower Don McFarland was awarded more than $1 million by the state government because elk damaged his crop. McFarland’s Little Camas Ranch in Elmore County suffered significant losses of organic Kamut wheat and organic potat... more


June 3
Trump pledges more tariffs on Mexico over immigration

According to a statement by President Donald Trump issued May 30, the United States will impose a 5% tariff on all goods imported from Mexico starting Monday, June 10. According to Trump’s statement, “if the illegal migration crisis is allevia... more


June 3
Next World Potato Congress set for Dublin in 2021

Ireland's history with potatoes dates back to the 16th century, when spuds made their way to the island from Peru, where they originated. It seems appropriate that the World Potato Congress, having staged its last event in Peru in 2018, will make ... more


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



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