COVID-19 spread compared to Irish potato famine by plant pathology professor

Plants are no strangers to diseases and devastating outbreaks. Humans can learn a valuable lesson from them when it comes to the current COVID-19 pand... READ MORE »

COVID-19 effect: Spudman readers share thoughts

Spudman recently offered readers a chance to voice their biggest concerns on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through an online survey. Here are... READ MORE »

$19 billion in coronavirus relief coming for food industry, $2.1 billion for specialty crops

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced April 17 the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department ... READ MORE »

How COVID-19 is backing up potato supply chain, reducing acreage

(UPDATE: USDA announces $19 billion coronavirus relief package for food industry, including $2.1 billion for specialty crops) Stories from two pota... READ MORE »

US agriculture tractor sales down 15.6% during March

Unit sales of agricultural tractors and self-propelled combines in March 2020 fell across the board in the U.S. and Canada, according to the latest da... READ MORE »

Best practices to buy and store potatoes from Idaho Potato Commission

As COVID-19 peaks, officials are recommending consumers stay indoors as much as possible and try to limit their grocery shopping to once every two wee... READ MORE »

USDA, DHS temporarily relaxes H-2A rules on guest workers staying in US

The Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced April 15 a temporary final rule to chang... READ MORE »

Potato leaders urge for USDA purchases, direct payment to offset coronavirus disruptions

National Potato Council Chief Executive Officer Kam Quarles released the following information April 14 related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and i... READ MORE »

USDA releases ‘one-stop-shop’ resource list for ag businesses, producers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and i... READ MORE »

CDC: Cloth face coverings can help stem spread of coronavirus

The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas ... READ MORE »

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