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Potato News from Maryland

Certis USA Licenses New Virus Technology for Control of Fall Armyworm
Certis USA has entered into an agreement with Corpoica, the Colombian Corporation for Agriculture Research, to license Corpoica’s Spodoptera frugiperda nucleopolyhedrovirus (SfMNPV) strain NPV003 and formulation technology for a biopesticide against the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda).
Food Labeling: FDA is redefining the food claim 'healthy'
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has started a public process to redefine the “healthy” nutrient content claim for food labeling.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Benefits vegetable oils for heart health questioned
A study published in The BMJ shows that replacing saturated fats with vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid lowers blood cholesterol, but may not curb heart disease risk or help you live longer. The findings question the widely held belief that vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid are good for heart health.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
FDA approves folic acid fortification of corn masa flour
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved folic acid fortification of corn masa flour. The approval allows manufacturers to voluntarily add up to 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per pound of corn masa flour.
FDA issues final guidance on acrylamide
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued final guidance to the food industry to help growers, manufacturers and food service operators take steps to reduce levels of acrylamide in certain foods.
New PacLite Conveyor Belt Introduced by Cambridge Engineered Solutions
Cambridge Engineered Solutions has introduced PacLite, a new lighter weight, flatwire conveyor belt with variable openings that is ideally suited for three segments of the food processing industry: Packaging, baking and rock traps used for root crops.
Average estimated potato yields for each county in the Eastern Seaboard region, assuming that water was limiting. Credit: Dave Fleisher, USDA-ARS.
Potato Farmers are used to optimizing crop production on their own lands. But is it possible to optimize production across a much bigger area—say, the whole East Coast of the United States?
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Fritolay Aberdeen, Maryland
Frito-Lay Inc.plans to expand its Aberdeen, Maryland, plant and hire 100 more employees, which would make the facility among the company's largest sites in the United States.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Estimulando las defensas naturales de plantas con una sustancia semejante a la aspirina
Resultados de nuevos estudios por científicos con el ARS sugieren que un tratamiento con el ácido salicílico podría prevenir o reducir la infección de plantas de cultivos por el fitoplasma de la punta morada de la papa, el cual es una bacteria sin paredes celulares.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Agricultural engineer David Fleisher studies water-stressed potato plants in a soil-plant-atmosphere research chamber that controls carbon dioxide and irrigation levels. Results from the study reveal how climate change affects potato plant growth.
New research shows that potatoes—often cultivated as a rainfed crop with little or no irrigation—are still the go-to tuber when times get tough.
Monday, February 3, 2014