December 5
Harmonized GAP audit charge relief coming to farmers from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Dec. 4 it will provide $3.7 million of assistance to fruit and vegetable growers in 16 states through a GAP Assistance Program. The goal is to enhance market access by defraying costs of undergoin... more

December 5
Tong Engineering adds two to project management team

Leading vegetable handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering has added two people to its project management team. “As our equipment advances, we have an increasing number of projects that require dedicated project management due to their s... more


December 5
Leavitt Farms of Maine wins 2018 McCain Foods Champion Grower Award

When it came time to stand up during the 2018 McCain Foods Champion Grower judging, potato grower Leavitt Farms stood out. Leavitt Farms LLC, based in Limestone, Maine, won the coveted award during the annual McCain Grower Barbecue in August. T... more

December 3
New USDA conservation leader Lohr to take ‘science-based approach’

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Dec. 3 the appointment of Matthew J. “Matt” Lohr to serve as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). In his role, Lohr will provide... more

December 1
USMCA deal: Mexico tariff on U.S. potatoes not lifted yet

On Nov. 30, leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada jointly signed a new free trade deal intended to update the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). During the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump and Mexico ... more

November 30
U.S., Canada, Mexico sign new trade agreement

The United States has signed a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the White House said. The signing took place Nov. 30 at the ... more

November 30
Potato plant researcher Phil Hamm gives final presentation, will retire in 2019

Phil Hamm has dedicated his professional life to studying plant disease and has been a great asset for potato growers in the process. Hamm’s journey, at least professionally, is coming to an end, however. The longtime Oregon State University emp... more

November 30
New Farm Bill agreement in place

Congressional negotiators working on the Farm Bill have “an agreement in principle” that could soon send the Farm Bill to the President. The bill technically expired earlier this year, and its renewal has been hung up on policy differences ove... more

November 28
Ag group seeks labor wage relief for growers

In a Nov. 28 letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) asked for short-term relief from imposition of new wage rates ... more

November 28
Soil Health Partnership tabs lead scientist to beef up research

The Soil Health Partnership has tapped Maria Bowman, a notable and experienced agricultural and resource economist, for the new position of lead scientist. Her role will be significant, guiding the organization in building a unique and extensive U.S.... more

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