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

June 4
Late blight look-alike spotted in southern US

Jean Ristaino, a professor at North Carolina State University with emphasis in research on Phytophthora infestans, provided University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension a report on a late blight look-alike from tomato and potato in North Carolina. Th... more

June 4
First potato psyllid of the season found in Idaho

One potato psyllid was collected on a sticky trap in potato in Canyon County. On June 1, Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network reported that the psyllid was collected from sticky cards at a light site that week. The network reported they had ... more

May 31
U.S. gives OK for Bayer takeover of Monsanto following asset purge

Reuters reported May 29 Bayer (BAYGn.DE) won U.S. approval for its planned takeover of Monsanto (MON.N) after agreeing to sell about $9 billion in assets, clearing a major hurdle for the $62.5 billion deal that will create by far the largest seeds an... more

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