School lunch amendment signed into law

President Obama signed a government funding extension that included 2012 appropriations funding for USDA and five other agencies on Friday, November 1... READ MORE »

USDA predicts slight rise in potato exports

The United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a report forecasting a 5 percent increase in global deman... READ MORE »

Pale cyst nematodes found in additional Idaho fields

Two new detections of pale cyst nematode (PCN) in eastern Idaho in the fall have brought the total number of infested acreage to 1,476 and regulated a... READ MORE »

Potato industry receives $3.7 million acrylamide research grant

The United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the approval of a $3.7 million dollar grant to fund... READ MORE »

A New Arrangement for Potato Production

When Idaho farmers started making the state famous for its potatoes, they seeded their crops in ridged rows and watered the plants by channeling surfa... READ MORE »

New test identifies golden nematode

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist has developed a diagnostic test that identifies the golden nematode, one of two types of potato cyst... READ MORE »

2011 fall potato plantings up 6 percent from 2010

According to statistics released by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service on July 12, 2011 total acreage planted in potatoes this year is 1,... READ MORE »

Potato stocks down 36 percent from June 2010

The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service released data today, June 13, 2011, showing the 13 major potato... READ MORE »

Potato stocks down 18 percent from April 2010

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported on Friday, April 15, 2011 that the 13 ma... READ MORE »

How would a government shutdown impact the Department of Agriculture?

Curious as to what happens in the event of a government shutdown. Here is the information I received from a USDA agency official. We still believe the... READ MORE »

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