Senators Urge Agriculture Secretary To Help Western States In ’22-Year Mega-Drought’

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Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is leading a letter signed by 14 other senators urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to help Western states survive what they are calling a “22-year mega-drought” that is threatening farms and ranches across the West.

It's Not Them, It's You: Why Potatoes Don't Deserve Their Bad Reputation

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With low or no-carbohydrate diets rising in popularity in recent times, the humble potato is now regularly overlooked in favor of other vegetables.

Farm Share Of U.S. Food Dollar Reached Historic Low In 2021

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U.S. farm establishments received 14.5 cents per dollar spent on domestically produced food in 2021—a decrease of 1.0 cent from a revised 15.5 cents in 2020—to the lowest recorded farm share value in nearly three decades.

Cover Cropping Up To 7.2 Percent In Midwest, Boosted By Government Programs

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Urbana, Ill. – Cover crops, with their ability to reduce erosion and promote soil health, are being planted across more Midwestern land than ever. That’s according to new University of Illinois research showing cover crop adoption reached 7.2 percent in 2

National Potato Council Releases New Logo Reflecting Its Mission Of ‘Standing Up For Potatoes On Capitol Hill’

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Washington – In only the third time in its 74-year history, the National Potato Council today released a new logo that better reflects its public policy focus and roots in Washington, D.C.

Report Predicts Canadians Will Spend $1,000 More On Food In 2023

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Halifax, NS – Consumers can expect food prices to continue to rise. Canada’s Food Price Report 2023 predicts a 5 percent to 7 percent food price increase in 2023, with the most substantial increases in vegetables, dairy, and meat.

Biotalys Creates Scientific Advisory Committee With Leading Experts

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Ghent, Belgium – Biotalys (Euronext - BTLS), an Agricultural Technology (AgTech) company protecting crops and food with protein-based biocontrol solutions, announced the establishment of a Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) that will support the company’

Retail Sales Soared For Potatoes July-September 2022

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Denver – Potato retail sales increased in dollar sales by 17.8 percent but decreased in volume sales by 2.1 percent from July-September 2022 compared to the same timeframe a year ago. Despite a small decrease in volume sales, volume sales remain above pre

Certis Biologicals Elevates Leadership For U.S.-Based Sales Efforts

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Columbia, Md. -- Certis Biologicals announced that veteran sales leader Tim Riley has been tapped to helm the company’s U.S.-based sales team as National Sales Director for U.S. Ag Business.

J.R. Simplot Company Expands Presence In Western Canada

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Boise, Idaho — The J.R. Simplot Company, a family-owned, privately held food and agribusiness company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has agreed to acquire G-Mac’s AgTeam, a retail market leader in agricultural crop inputs and related services throughout W

NPC-Supported Bill Would Increase Market Access Funding

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On Thursday, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16), a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, introduced H.R.9244, Supporting Market Access to Reinvigorate Trade (SMART) Act of 2022.

Weighpack Announces New High Speed Continuous Motion Bagger State-Of-The-Art Bagging Machine Can Produce Up To 150 Bags Per Minute

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WeighPack has launched its newest vertical form, fill and seal machine for  high-speed applications, the VF 1200 continuous motion bagger. Debuted at Pack Expo International in Chicago last month, this bagging machine can produce up to 150 bags per minute

Biome Makers Announces New Hire John Appel As Head of Commercial NA

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Davis, California - Biome Makers, global agtech leader in soil health analysis, announces new hire, John Appel, as Head of Commercial North America. Appel will lead business development efforts and accelerate Biome Makers' business growth strategy.

New Bill Would Allow P.E.I. To Limit What Crops Can Be Grown In Potato Wart Index Fields

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Prince Edward Island's minister of agriculture has tabled legislation that would give the provincial government a lead role in trying to prevent the spread of potato wart in the province.

Spectrum Watchdog Portable Wind Sensor For Pesticide Spray Records

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Spectrum Technologies has expanded its broad product offering with the release of the WatchDog Portable Wind Sensor.

Fun With Franken-Gardening: New 'Ketchup 'N' Fries' Grows Tomatoes And Potatoes On Same Plant: NPR Reports

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Ketchup 'n' Fries by TomTato is being licensed for U.S. markets by SuperNaturals Grafted Vegetables.