Farm Fresh Celebrates 20 Years


It started on Aug. 16, 1999, when Farm Fresh Direct was formed by a group of like-minded potato growers in Colorado's San Luis Valley.

What U.S. Water Policy Means for Growers

Articles, Irrigation

Every five years, NASS conducts an Irrigation and Water Management Survey as a follow-up to the Census of Agriculture. Such a survey was conducted in 2018, and NASS indicates that the results of that survey will be made available in November 2019.

Wisconsin Growers, Diners Embrace Potato Diversity

Articles, Seed Potatoes

Wisconsin farmer Jesse Perkins really knows his spuds. He could even be called a potato specialist as one of only a dozen organic seed potato farmers in the country, and the only one in Wisconsin.

Mop-top Virus Troubles New Zealand Potato Industry


A potato virus with the potential to affect crop production has been found to be widespread in New Zeland, meaning eradication is likely impossible in the country.

Montana Family Continues Strong Seed Potato Tradition

Articles, Seed Potatoes

Laci and Scott Holbrook supply seed stock for commercial growers and home gardeners from their certified seed potato farm in Twin Bridges, Mont.

APHIS Posts New PCN Eradication Program Report


The PCN Eradication Program is a cooperative effort among PPQ, Idaho State Department of Agriculture and industry stakeholders. The program’s goal is to control PCN spread, and eventually establish Idaho as PCN-free.

Getting to the Root of Food Safety


From sticks and stones to plastic bottles and golf balls, potato producers encounter an ever-increasing spectrum of hazardous foreign material in their fields making effective sorting a critical element of the processing line.

Manitoba Retailers' Lack of Potatoes Described as Anomaly


Grocery stores around the Canadian province of Manitoba haven't had the usual amount of local potatoes this year.

Making History


“I don’t have the longest résumé,” says Kent Taylor, the Idaho Grower Shipper Association's 2019 Russet Aristocrat. “But what I do have is a history.”

Discovery Park of America Announces Exhibit about Ag Innovation


Discovery Park of America will open an exhibit dedicated to telling the story of innovation in agriculture. "AgriCulture: Innovating for Our Survival" will be located in the 8,900-square-foot building that currently houses the museum and heritage park's t

Tong Celebrates One Year in U.S.

New Products, Potato Equipment

International vegetable handling equipment specialist Tong Engineering is celebrating one year of successful business since the opening of its Tong USA spares, service and sales facility in Fremont, Mich.

Soil Pore Structure May be Key to Carbon Storage


Michigan State University researchers recently discovered a new mechanism determining how carbon is stored in soils that could improve the climate resilience of cropping systems and also reduce their carbon footprints.

Cuts Leave Alaska Farmers Reeling


Small scale farmers could be impacted the most by the governor’s recent announcement.

Comparing Soil Health Techniques in Organic Farming


Microbes, insects and small soil critters produce materials that can improve soil structure and water retention. It’s a healthy ecosystem every farmer wants to encourage.

Calculating the Value of Cover Crops


A recent study found the ability to sequester carbon in the soil may have more to do with the presence of a diverse plant population than with aggregation or decomposing residue, suggesting that a multi-species cover crop will do more for building soil he