Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association



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Volume 12, Issue 14 | March 27, 2020

Regulatory Changes – H-2A, FDA Labeling and Hours of Service

ust a brief update on several relevant regulatory changes we have been working on in regard to the pandemic response. In regard to the H-2A program, the State Department provided the following notice last night that should assist in clearing some of the recent bottlenecks.  The…

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NPC Launches #EssentialAg Campaign

U.S. Potato Industry Members, First of all I want to thank all of you for working so hard to meet the spike in retail demand for potatoes and for all of your hard work getting a new crop in the ground. We saw historically high…

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Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) FAQs Related to the COVID-19 Impact on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry

Q.        I have been contacted by several customers that purchased produce from me requesting extensions to our payment terms or to make partial payments as a result of the economic turmoil relating to the COVID-19 emergency.  I understand the predicament my customers…

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COVID-19 Update

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has created a toolkit for farmers and agricultural businesses to help them plan and implement their response to COVID-19.Please note: as circumstances continue to evolve, this toolkit and webpage will be continually updated.

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Temporary Laborers

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Temporary Laborers and H-2A, H-2B, or CW-1 visas Link to the US Department of Labor’s, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Foreign Labor Certification https://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/DOL-OFLC_COVID-19_FAQs_Round%201_03.20.2020.pdf Trucking/Transportation Likely you are aware of the over-weight certificates being granted by many state DOT’s. Well…

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Weekly Market Commentary by Ray Grabanski

March 24, 2020 There are signs that the government response to the coronavirus pandemic may be close to ending, but the pandemic itself is not likely to end for some time.  The count in the US is at 46,450 people infected today, a number that…

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After retiring from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) in March 2020, Dale Bowe is keeping one foot in the Wisconsin potato industry by joining the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) team. Bowe’s main duties for WPVGA will include driving the Spudmobile and helping out…

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Satellite-Based Algorithm Pinpoints Crop Water Use

The BESS-STAIR framework was tested in 12 sites across the US Corn Belt The growing threat of drought and rising water demand have made accurate forecasts of crop water use critical for farmland water management and sustainability. But limitations in existing models and satellite data…

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WPVGA Staff is Available and Here to Assist You

The WPVGA staff is working remotely and are available to you Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 4:30pm. Don’t hesitate to contact us at our home offices as follows: Tamas Houlihan, Executive Director  715-551-0775 Dana Rady, Director of Promotions and Consumer Education  715-610-6350 Joe Kertzman,…

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