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Simplot GMO potatoes kept in ‘closed loop’
Simplot GMO potatoes kept in ‘closed loop’
Simplot's new GMO potato, Innate, will be kept in a closed-loop, director of commercialization Kerwin Bradley said during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

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WSU professor seeks GMO conversation
WSU professor seeks GMO conversation
Michael Neff, director of Washington State University's molecular plant sciences graduate program, believes in spreading the scientific evidence about genetically modified organisms, and continuing to have productive conversations.
Psyllids decline, but overwintering concerns arise
Psyllids decline, but overwintering concerns arise
Levels of zebra chip, a crop disease in potatoes spread by potato psyllids and caused by the Liberibacter bacterium, were down signficiantly in the Pacific Northwest.
$1.53 million in new funding would support Idaho ag research
$1.53 million in new funding would support Idaho ag research
Gov. Butch Otter has asked the Idaho Legislature to provide an additional $1.53 million in ongoing funding for University of Idaho's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The money would be used to support 21.5 new or existing positions designed to...
Google Glass undergoes upgrades
Google is stopping sale of its Glass wearable computer devices for now, but applications for agriculture and other professions are possible in the future.
Wearable technology is farming of the future
Wearable technology is farming of the future
Wearable technology is the next wave to hit agriculture. Smart glasses will be like wearing a computer, providing quick and efficient hands-free communication and data transfer.
Chloropicrin controls will add to growers’ costs, group says
New state restrictions on the use of chloropicrin, a powerful soil fumigant, could add costs to growers, the California Strawberry Commission contends.
In search of the perfect sweet potato
In search of the perfect sweet potato
University of California Cooperative Extension advisor Scott Stoddard has spent nearly 17 years trying to help develop a sweet potato that is both visually appealing and stores well. He said the quest has been "sort of like trying to rope a cloud."
Karow named next OSU Ag Research Foundation director
Karow named next OSU Ag Research Foundation director
Oregon State University's Ag Research Foundation will get a new executive director this summer.
Study links potato compounds to weight loss
Study links potato compounds to weight loss
Canadian researchers have found extracts made from two varities of potatoes, including Russet Burbank, cause significant weight loss in mice.