News

December 21
National Potato Council, United Fresh applaud newly signed Farm Bill

On Dec. 20, the National Potato Council joined with agriculture industry colleagues at the White House as Vice President Pence, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Congressional leaders saw the 2018 Farm Bill enacted into law by President Trump... more


December 18
Red River Valley potato crop aided by early snowfall cover

As we near the halfway point of the Red River Valley fresh crop shipping season, marketers are pleased, especially when comparing this year to last year. The good fortune started early in the season when a heavy snowcover protected about 4,000 acr... more


December 17
Reducing pesticide residue focus of Washington State University project

Reducing the use of broad-spectrum pesticides that leave residues on food marks the focus of a new research project led by Lav Khot, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University. Effort... more


December 17
Wisconsin Grower Education Conference & Industry Show set for Feb. 5-7

The 2019 UW Extension and Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Grower Education Conference and Industry Show is scheduled for Feb. 5-7, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Stevens Point. Growers attending the confere... more


December 12
Potato harvest in UK, continental Europe facing sharp decline

Potato growers in Europe did not have a good year, thanks to unusually dry weather. A recent estimate for the UK harvest from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has production down there 13 percent from a five-year average. ... more


December 11
‘Waters of the U.S.’ revision proposed by EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) on Dec. 11 proposed “a clear, understandable and implementable definition of waters of the United States” that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act... more


December 11
Farm Bill agreement reached by Congress, vote expected soon

Congress has been reached a bipartisan agreement on a new Farm Bill, with a vote expected later this week. The months-long debate finally ceded following Republican concession on a plan to tighten restrictions on food stamps. The full report can b... more


December 11
Haun Potato Co. to cease operations after nearly 54 years in business

After nearly 54 years in business, Haun Potato Co. will cease operations at the end of December. Second-generation owner David Haun shared the news in a Dec. 6 email to customers and industry friends, it was reported by The Produce News. Haun Pota... more


December 11
FSMA Produce Safety Rule requires farm worker training once per year

When produce growers think about implementing food safety on the farm, the first thing that usually pops into their mind is records. Very few records, however, are required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. One p... more


December 10
Valley Irrigation adds Trevor Mecham, Joe Strickland to leadership roles

Valley Irrigation, a business segment of Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), has hired Trevor Mecham as vice president, global technology strategy - irrigation, and Joe Strickland as vice president and general manager, North America irrigatio... more



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