PMA event focuses on Farmers to Families, Coronavirus food assistance programs

A May 27 Produce Marketing Association virtual town hall featured Bruce Summers of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Hunt Shipman of Corners... READ MORE »

Frozen fry demand showing positive signs

Signs are showing that frozen fry demand is improving quicker than the industry had anticipated, according to a May 27 report by North American Potato... READ MORE »

USDA announces plans for Section 32 purchases of fresh, dehy potatoes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced plans May 22 to purchase fresh potatoes and dehydrated potatoes, for distribution to various food ... READ MORE »

Coronavirus aid application period now open, payment calculator available

Specialty crops producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from... READ MORE »

Washington growers nearing ‘crunch time,’ ready to bury excess potatoes

Potato growers in Washington state are holding on to hope that the federal government is going to provide more assistance in cleaning out the backed-u... READ MORE »

USDA, FDA could force potato processors to stay open

Two U.S. federal government agencies have reached an agreement where produce processors would be forced to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, ... READ MORE »

US potato exports dip during in March

The worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting U.S. potato exports, as seen in the figures for March. U.S. exports of frozen potato pro... READ MORE »

USDA to begin taking COVID-19 direct payment applications May 26

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on May 19. CFAP will provide up to $16 ... READ MORE »

Cross-country rail shipping operation Cold Connect shuttered by Union Pacific

Union Pacific has closed subsidiary Cold Connect, a cross-country, temperature-controlled perishable shipping operation. Reported by Supply Chain D... READ MORE »

NPC’s Quarles: Farmers need ‘meaningful relief’

On May 15, the House of Representatives passed the $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES) Act by a vote of ... READ MORE »

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