‘LIVE with Kelly and Ryan,’ ‘GMA’ takes notice of Ryan Cranney’s potato surplus giveaway

An act of generosity born from an unfortunate situation has turned Ryan Cranney into something of a national celebrity. Cranney, of Cranney Farm in... READ MORE »

USDA to accept proposals for Buy Fresh program

On April 21, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service hosted a webinar on the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) USDA Purchase & Distri... READ MORE »

Column: Food relief effort a step, but not nearly enough

On April 17, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced USDA’s first relief effort called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). ... READ MORE »

Muir: Idaho potato industry has been ‘upended’

Since mid-March when Americans were encouraged to stay home to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Idaho potato industry has been upe... READ MORE »

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 »

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