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 »

Foodservice-to-retail shift has potato industry adjusting on the fly

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has turned the food industry upside down. Most sit-down restaurants have been forced into takeout or delivery only, w... READ MORE »

Potatoes USA report shows how dependent industry is on foodservice

Recent data released by Potatoes USA shows just how important foodservice is to the potato industry. The report — compiled from Technomic, IRI Re... READ MORE »

Agriculture worker protection during COVID-19 guidelines developed in Michigan

Even though Michigan’s agricultural industry is recognized as a critical and essential infrastructure industry under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-... READ MORE »

Congress members, produce industry urges USDA to aid specialty crop producers

On April 7, Congressmen Jimmy Panetta (D-California), Fred Upton (R-Michigan), Jim Costa (D-California) and Doug LaMalfa (R-California) led 108 member... READ MORE »

Senators urge flexibility in Farm Service Agency loans, access to credit

A bipartisan letter signed by 43 U.S. Senators sent April 6 to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is urging permanent flexibility in Farm Service A... READ MORE »

Fresh up, processing down in Red River Valley during COVID-19 crisis

For the first time all year, fresh potato shipments from the Red River Valley are meeting or exceeding last year's numbers. Shipments had been running... READ MORE »

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