July 25, 2024
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Potatoes USA

Potatoes USA Executive Board Visits Red River Valley Region

Earlier this month, Potatoes USA’s executive committee visited the Red River Valley region to meet with farmers and their families, processors and researchers to learn about opportunities and challenges specific to North Dakota and Minnesota.
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July 25, 2024
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Brendan Deck To Transition To Nufarm Corporate Advisory Role; Ken Barham Appointed General Manager North America

Commenting on the change, Nufarm CEO Greg Hunt said, “Brendan Deck and Ken Barham epitomise Nufarm’s relentless focus on delivering for our customers and suppliers. For the past 10 years Brendan Deck has led the growth of our North American business, a
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July 24, 2024
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University Of Idaho, Idaho State University To Play For Potato State Trophy

Moscow, Idaho – The University of Idaho and Idaho State University announced the official introduction of the Potato State Trophy, a traveling rivalry trophy awarded to the winner of the annual football game between the two schools.
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July 24, 2024
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Late Blight Confirmed In St. Joseph County, Michigan

Potato late blight has been confirmed in a commercial field in St. Joseph County, Michigan.
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July 24, 2024
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Syngenta Announces Cool Farm Tool Integration In Cropwise Sustainability – Enabling Greenhouse Gas Emission Estimates For Growers

Greensboro, N.C., – Syngenta has announced the integration of Cool Farm Tool (CFT) into the Cropwise™ Sustainability (CWS) application. CFT is a globally recognized carbon quantification tool that enables growers to start their sustainability journey by m
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July 23, 2024
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Northland Potato Growers Association Taps Into Experience With New Executive Director

The Northland Potato Growers Association (NPGA) has announced the selection of Gary Shields as its new executive director.
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July 23, 2024
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Kathryn Markham, ARS Office of Communications

When Too Much of a Good Thing Becomes a Bad Thing: Researchers examine the question: Should you add more nitrogen when limiting irrigation?

As farmers grapple with worsening drought, they have begun to explore ways to grow crops with less water. One strategy they’ve started to use in recent years is limited irrigation, in which crops still receive some water via irrigation, but less than the
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July 22, 2024
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Ports Of Indiana Receives U.S. Customs Approval To Establish First Sea Cargo Container Port Serving Chicago Metropolitan Area

Portage, Ind. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has approved a proposal from Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor to establish the first international sea cargo container terminal on Lake Michigan. This would create the only all-water container route fo
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July 22, 2024
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United Nations Figures Show China Leads World In Potato Production, U.S. Fifth

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations China leads the world in potato production, followed not so closely by India.
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July 21, 2024
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Senate Republicans Embrace Framework That Puts More Farm In The Farm Bill

Washington –– U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) unveiled the Senate Republican Farm Bill Framework to a wave of vocal support from his colleagues who have praised the framework’s focus on putting
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July 21, 2024
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The Masser Family Of Companies Forms Partnership With Szawlowski Potato Farms

Sacramento, PA – The Masser Family of Companies (MFC), the eighth-generation family-owned potato farming company, announced a strategic partnership with Szawlowski Potato Farms (SWAZ), a fifth-generation farm.
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July 20, 2024
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Flexicon Marks 50 Years

Bethlehem, PA - Flexicon Corporation, a privately-held firm and world leader in bulk handling equipment and systems, is commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2024.
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July 20, 2024
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Family Farm Alliance Board of Directors Appoints New President: Arizona's Paul Orme is the Alliance's sixth president

Berthoud, CO - The Family Farm Alliance board of directors earlier this week unanimously approved Paul Orme, a rancher and attorney from Arizona, to serve as the organization’s sixth president.
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July 19, 2024
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Potato Grower Golf Tournament Sizzles In Summer Sun

About the only thing hotter than the warmer-than-usual summer temperatures blanketing eastern Idaho was the winning score at this year’s Potato Grower Golf Tournament at the Idaho Falls Country Club.
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July 19, 2024
New Products

Innovative Handheld Soil Moisture Meter Revolutionizes Greenhouse, Potted Plant Care

Woodstock, IL — Following the launch of the SpotOn Turf Soil Moisture Meter last July, Innoquest Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of precision meters for the agriculture, turf and greenhouse industries, has announced the release of a compact, han
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July 19, 2024
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Key Technology, PPM Technologies Consolidate Sales And Service Organizations In The Americas Region

Key Technology (Key) and PPM Technologies (PPM), both members of Duravant’s Food Sorting and Handling Solutions group, announce they have combined their sales and service organizations in North and South America as well as Australia and New Zealand.
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July 18, 2024
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NPC 2024 Annual Potato Yearbook Now Available: Highlights progress on NPC’s national legislative, regulatory, and marketing priorities

The 2024 edition of the Annual Potato Yearbook is now available, highlighting progress on NPC’s national legislative, regulatory, and marketing priorities.
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July 18, 2024
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Potatoes USA Releases Consumer Behavior And Purchase Patterns Study

Denver, CO — Navigating the consumer path to purchase can be complex, influenced by countless factors. A new Potato Path to Purchase study from Potatoes USA uncovers key insights into consumer behavior and purchase patterns, offering a deeper understandin
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July 17, 2024
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Wyden, Crapo Lead Bipartisan Senators In Urging USDA Action To Protect America’s Potato Crops

Washington D.C.—In a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) led Senate colleagues in expressing concern about the potential for potato wart to spread from potato i
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July 17, 2024
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AGCO Power Opens Clean Energy Laboratory In Finland: Leading global manufacturer of engines for agricultural and other machinery advancing innovations to achieve low- and zero-carbon solutions for farmin

Nokia, Finland – AGCO, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, and its subsidiary AGCO Power, announced the opening of the company’s first clean energy laboratory.
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July 16, 2024
New Products

2025 Kawasaki MULE PRO-MX, Mule PRO-DXT Side-By-Side Lineup

For more than three decades, Kawasaki MULE side-by-sides have stood as a symbol of unrivaled capability, seamlessly bridging the barriers of work and play with confidence. Within the Kawasaki MULE PRO family, you'll find the fastest and most robust MULE s
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July 16, 2024
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Potatoes USA

Bryan Bender’s Pennsylvania Farm Supplies Chipping Potatoes To ‘Snack Food Capital Of The World’

About an hour southeast of Bryan Bender’s farm in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, lies the town of Hanover—affectionately known as the “Snack Food Capital of the World” because of the proliferation of potato chip and other snack food factories in the region.
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July 15, 2024
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AEM United States Ag Tractor And Combine Report - June 2024

Milwaukee -- The AEM Ag Tractor and Combine Report is provided monthly and is derived from AEM member companies through proprietary statistical reporting programs. The data is provided by AEM members and represents preliminary monthly retail sales of Ag e
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July 15, 2024
New Products

Orbia's Precision Agriculture Business Netafim Potato Study Demonstrates Substantial Environmental Benefits Of Drip Irrigation

Tel Aviv, Israel – Netafim, an Orbia business and a global leader in precision agriculture solutions, announced the findings of a comprehensive Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) that demonstrates the significant environmental benefits of using drip irrigation for
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July 14, 2024
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Morocco: New Export Opportunities For U.S. Seed Potatoes

On May 10, 2024, the Moroccan market opened for U.S. seed potatoes. The United States and Morocco agreed to the final requirements for import during the Plant Health Bilateral Meetings between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health I
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July 14, 2024
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Rantizo Receives FAA Approval For Advanced Drone Operations

Iowa City, Iowa – Rantizo, the largest drone spraying network in the country, has achieved a significant milestone in drone operations with the approval of an amendment to Exemption No. 18929B, allowing Rantizo service hub operators to swarm up to 3 drone
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July 14, 2024
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Brian Gailey

$367.8 Million Is No Small Potatoes

Klamath Basin, Ore. and Calif. – A recent economic impact study, conducted by Highland Economics and commissioned by the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC) with funding from Oregon State University Extension and Klamath County, Oregon, re
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July 13, 2024
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Tidal Grow AgriScience Receives USDA Fertilizer Production Expansion Grant To Expand Leading Regenerative Fertilizer Production: Funding will triple production for bioactive carbon-based fertilizers

Bellingham, Wash. — Tidal Grow® AgriScience, a division of Tidal Vision Products Inc., has been awarded a Fertilizer Production Expansion Program (FPEP) grant by the USDA.
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July 13, 2024
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IFPA Welcomes New Vice President Of Global Industry Relations

Washington, D.C. – International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) has announced that Jessica Keller has joined the association and will serve as the Vice President of Global Industry Relations.
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July 12, 2024
New Products

Salford Group Launches The AB640 90-Foot Air Boom Applicator

Salford, Ontario — Salford Group has introduced the new AB640 90-foot air boom applicator. This applicator combines the high-capacity features of Salford’s 9620 pull-type applicator with the durability and precision of the 90-foot booms on Salford chassis
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July 12, 2024
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Michigan Potato Industry Commission

Late Blight Confirmed In Two SW Ontario, Canada, Counties

Late blight was found in southwestern Ontario potatoes (Elgin County) and field tomatoes (Kent County).
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July 11, 2024
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Idaho Potato Commission To Receive Millions For Surplus Commodity Purchase

The Idaho Potato Commission was informed that the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has approved up to $50 million for the surplus commodity purchase of fresh and dehydrated potatoes. This is welcome news as Idaho continues to ship a high volume of pota
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July 11, 2024
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Potatoes USA

New IGA Partnership Aims To Elevate Potato Sales With Marketing Insights

A new partnership with the Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) has been finalized to help independent grocers capitalize on America’s favorite vegetable with best-in-class resources, shopper insights and potato merchandising best practices.
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July 10, 2024
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PEI Potato Producer Looks To Harvest Insights Tech For Greater Visibility Of Shrink

Machine-learning driven crop insights tool HarvestEye has partnered with one of Prince Edward Island’s (PEI) prominent potato growers, G Visser & Sons, in the farm’s continued mission to provide the highest quality produce for the North American market.
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July 10, 2024
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Scott Elnes

How Central Oregon Was Almost The Potato Capital Of The United States

Don’t ever ask me to apologize for my love of Ore-Ida tater tots.
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July 10, 2024
New Products

FL 695 - The Strong And Versatile Tire By BKT Redefining Agro-Industrial Trailer Performance

BKT brings FL 695 into the spotlight as a steel-belted tire which has been specifically designed to optimize the performance of trailers employed in construction and agri-transport operations.
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July 10, 2024
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Kroger, Albertsons Update, Expand Divestiture Plan With C&S Wholesale Grocers

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. and Albertsons Companies Inc. announced that they have amended their definitive agreement with C&S Wholesale Grocers, LLC for the sale of assets in connection with their proposed merger previously announced on Oct. 14, 2022.
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July 09, 2024
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Rob Williams

Annual Texas Potato Field Day set for July 17 in Springlake: Event features latest Texas A&M-released varieties

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M Potato Breeding Program, Barrett Potato Farms and Springlake Potatoes Sales Inc. will host the annual Texas Potato Field Day on July 17 in Springlake.
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July 08, 2024
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Polaris Releases The Most Complete 2-Up ATV Lineup: All-new 2025 Sportsman 570 2-Up lineup features refreshed styling, all new seat comfort and ergonomics, and durability upgrades

Minneapolis – Polaris Off Road, the world leader in powersports and off-road innovation, announced its long-awaited 2-up all-terrain vehicle (ATV) 570 lineup.
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July 08, 2024
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Dr. Erik Wenninger

Idaho Potato Psyllid Pest Alert

The University of Idaho and our crop consultant collaborators across the state are once again monitoring for potato psyllids, zebra chip disease (ZC), and liberibacter (Lso), the bacterium associated with ZC.
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July 06, 2024
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NIFA Invests $70M In Visionary Sustainable Agricultural Research

Washington – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced an investment of $70 million in seven creative and visionary agricultural projects to transform the U.S. food and agricultural system and su
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July 06, 2024
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FMC Corporation Board Of Directors Appoints Pierre Brondeau Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

FMC Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Pierre Brondeau to be chief executive officer in addition to his role as board chairman. He succeeds current president and CEO Mark Douglas, who has stepped down from FMC following more t
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July 05, 2024
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Suzuki Doubles Factory Warranty On KingQuad ATVs

Brea, CA - Suzuki Motor USA (Suzuki), announced that new Suzuki KingQuad ATVs purchased on and after July 1, 2024, now include a 24-month, unlimited-mileage Limited Warranty, effective from date of purchase.
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July 05, 2024
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Jules Bernstein, Senior Public Information Officer, University of California, Riverside

Better Farming Through Nanotechnology: An argument for applying medical insights to agriculture

Advanced technologies enable the controlled release of medicine to specific cells in the body. Scientists argue these same technologies must be applied to agriculture if growers are to meet increasing global food demands.
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July 04, 2024
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Potato Grower Walther Farms Hosts EPA Staffers During Michigan IPM Alliance Tour

The Michigan Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Alliance hosted members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) pesticide regulatory team for tours of several southwest Michigan
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July 04, 2024
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2024 Rabobank BBQ Index: Consumers battle fatigue over food inflation

New York – When it comes to their stamina for paying historically high food prices, U.S. consumers are gassed. Having borne the brunt of a protracted post-pandemic inflation runup with extraordinary resilience, Americans have finally hit the wall.
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July 03, 2024
New Products

Versatility And Durability — John Deere 6M Tractor Delivers For Farmers And Ranchers: New 6M options provide midsize tractor solutions for any farm

Olathe, Kansas — John Deere announced the launch of the new 6M tractor, providing farmers and ranchers numerous options in one of the industry's most versatile and dependable tractors.
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July 03, 2024
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Simplot Free FryDay 2024 Set For Friday, July 12

Get ready for a crispy, fun-filled afternoon at Free FryDay, a family-friendly community event hosted by Simplot.
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July 02, 2024
New Products

Let’s Get To Work: New John Deere Gator XUV 845, Gator XUV 875 utility vehicles offer a helping hand to get jobs done faster and easier

Olathe, Kansas – John Deere announced today the launch of the new gas Gator XUV 845 and diesel Gator XUV 875 utility vehicles designed to assist farmers and ranchers improve productivity by helping with a variety of jobs around the farm.
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July 02, 2024
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Idahoan Foods Introduces New Innovations In Leading Product Line To Meet Additional Consumer Lifestyle And Value Needs

Idaho Falls, Idaho -- As consumer demand for value sizes and dietary/lifestyle specific offerings increases, Idahoan Foods - the leading producer of quality, packaged potato products in the United States – is proud to expand its wide product portfolio to
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July 01, 2024
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Risen From The Ashes: Wilbur-Ellis hosts open house at fertilizer facility rebuilt and operating just 16 months after a devastating fire

Aurora, Colorado — Oct. 23, 2022, the Wilbur-Ellis fertilizer facility in Moses Lake, Washington, caught fire and was completely destroyed. Just 16 short months later, the team was serving customers from a newly rebuilt and upgraded facility.
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July 01, 2024
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NPC Welcomes H-2A Wage Freeze Included In FY25 Appropriations Bill

Washington – The National Potato Council welcomed recent action by the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee to pass a Fiscal Year 2025 bill that includes language to reduce the H-2A Adverse Ef
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