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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


November 27
Canada potato crop loses 15,000 acres to bad weather

Potato processors that rely on Canadian-grown spuds are facing a shortage. Poor harvest weather conditions have resulted in 15,000 acres — about 4 percent — of Canada’s potato crop being abandoned, reported The Western Producer. “This h... more


November 27
Idaho Potato Commission adds Todd Cornelison, Brett Jensen as commissioners

[caption id="attachment_11834" align="alignleft" width="640"] Todd Cornelison, left, Dan Nakamura, center, and Brett Jensen.[/caption] The Idaho Potato Commission has added two new commissioners and reappointed another. Todd Cornelison of shipp... more


November 26
National Potato Council: Trump Administration considering alternative tariff options

From the National Potato Council: "There were various reports (recently) that the (Trump) Administration is considering options to end the steel and aluminum tariffs the U.S. levied against Canada and Mexico. Such an action by the U.S. could come ... more


November 26
Castle, Echo russet varieties reach growers for field trials

Two new potatoes could save growers in Oregon, Idaho and Washington millions of dollars by curtailing several serious diseases and improving processing quality. The potatoes — Echo Russet and Castle Russet — are in the hands of growers for tri... more


November 21
Maine board names Nightingale Farms’ Curtis Harrison as 2019 Young Farmer of the Year

The Maine Potato Board has named Curtis Harrison of Nightingale Farms its 2019 Young Farmer of the Year. Nightingale Farms is located in New Limerick in eastern Maine near the New Brunswick border. Harrison operates the farm with his uncle, Frank ... more


November 19
University of Wisconsin-Extension conducting series of Soil, Water & Nutrient Management meetings

The University of Wisconsin-Extension in conjunction with UW-Madison Department of Soil Science will conduct eight Soil, Water and Nutrient Management Meetings Nov. 27 to Dec. 6, 2018 around the state to provide research updates in the field ... more


November 16
Soil health movement highlighted in new documentary

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) released a 60-minute documentary on Nov. 15 that captures the history — and significance — of the soil health movement. “Never have I seen, among farmers, such a broad quest for (soil health) knowledge as I’... more


November 15
Maine potato growers get boost from Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The federal government is investing more than a half million dollars in Maine to help boost production of crops including state staples like potatoes and blueberries. Maine Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb says the state is working with th... more



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