August 9
New breeding technique to be used to fight late blight

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Albany, California, say they have found a way to streamline the process that scientists use to insert multiple genes into a crop plant, which will make it easier and more reliable to breed a variety o... more

August 9
Plants use calcium to send internal warning of attacking aphids

Scientists at the John Innes Centre have discovered how plants send internal warning signals in response to an attack by aphids. They found that when the insect feeds on a leaf it triggers the plant to admit calcium into the damaged cells. This sm... more

August 8
Potatoes USA appoints global marketing manager

Potatoes USA has hired Kayla Dome as global marketing manager for its retail sector. Dome comes to Potatoes USA with a background in merchandising and sales. She spent the last several years working in the produce industry for Grimmway Farms where... more

August 7
J.R. Simplot secures license for CRISPR gene editing tools

The J.R. Simplot Company has executed a joint intellectual property licensing agreement with Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for foundational CRISPR-Cas9 and related gene editing t... more

August 7
Sentera expands use of Gimbaled Quad Sensor

Sentera’s Quad sensor is now available in an integrated gimbal-stabilized package for DJI Inspire and Matrice drones. Featuring four fully-customizable and individually-filtered focal plane arrays, the Quad sets the standard for data accuracy and e... more

August 6
China plans tariffs on $60 billion of imports

China announced, on Aug 3, that it would match the Trump Administration's recent increase in tariffs with an additional $60 billion in retaliation on U.S. goods. It is not immediately known which products will be included on the new list, the Nation... more

August 6
Farm Bill conference set

The Senate has chosen its slate of members to negotiate the 2018 Farm Bill conference agreement. The Republicans will be represented by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, ... more

August 6
BASF completes acquisition of Bayer businesses, assets

BASF has closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. The transaction is a strategic complement to BASF’s crop protection, biotech and digital farming activities and marks its entry into seeds, non-selective herbicides an... more

August 1
Volume down but value up of June potato sales

The total volume of potatoes sold at retail in the U.S. was down 3.2 percent in June 2018 compared to June 2017, though the value did increase 1.1 percent with a 4.8 percent increase in price per pound. That’s according to figures compiled by marke... more

August 1
NPC: Trade talks ramp up

In addition to USDA announcing a $12 billion program to mitigate the effects of retaliatory tariffs, The National Potato Council (NPC) said several high-level negotiations were held in Washington D.C. recently with trading partners directly involved ... more

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