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May 15
Washington potato export market ‘red hot’ in spite of China tariffs

The head of the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) said months ago that if there was a year to have tariffs put on your product, this might be it. [caption id="attachment_12029" align="alignright" width="240"] Chris Voigt[/caption] Chris... more


May 14
China to hit US frozen fries, dehy potatoes with more tariffs

As the Trump administration’s trade fight with China twists and turns, exporters of frozen and dehy potatoes are facing a hit. On Monday, May 13, China announced it would levy more tariffs on frozen vegetables from the U.S., including potatoes. ... more


May 14
Potato industry leaders visit Northern Plains growers

National potato industry leaders got up close and personal with growers in North Dakota and Minnesota in early May. The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA) hosted John Keeling, Kam Quarles and Mike Wenkel, all of the National Potato... more


May 13
Marrone Bio adds Driver to head Great Lakes region sales

Marrone Bio Innovations has appointed John Driver as Great Lakes territory sales manager effective immediately. Driver brings over 19 years' of agriculture technology and portfolio sales experience to Marrone Bio, having been in a number of business... more


May 13
Chlorpyrifos pesticide to be banned by California

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) said its Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) would ban the use of the pesticide and toxic air contaminant chlorpyrifos in California by canceling the pesticide’s registration. “Calif... more


May 10
Black Gold Farms’ Texas-grown potatoes to reach retailers soon

Black Gold Farms started harvest of the 2019 fresh crop of Texas colored potatoes the week of May 6-10. “I’m really excited to be digging our fresh red and yellow spuds," said Steve Wright, manager of Black Gold's Pearsall, Texas farm. "I’ve... more


May 8
USDA offers funds for organic certification costs

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced May 6 that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCS... more


May 6
Jordan Reed, Adam Weber to join Washington State Potato Commission

Nominations were held for two grower-elected member positions on the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC), the commission announced recently. All submitted nominations ran unopposed and those growers were automatically elected to serve on the Wa... more


May 2
McCain Foods starting work on $300 million expansion to Washington processing facility

McCain Foods USA has announced a $300 million investment in its Othello, Washington potato processing facility, significantly expanding its North American production capacity. McCain Foods USA is a division of McCain Foods Limited, the largest produc... more


May 2
University of Maine at Presque Isle breaks ground on all-season research greenhouse

The University of Maine at Presque Isle has broken ground on an 2,400-square-foot, all-season teaching and research greenhouse. When completed, the $935,000 project will feature two climate-controlled research labs, a teaching classroom and an office... more



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