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Northern Ireland: Meet farmers with a great passion for potatoes and potato growing

It takes a certain type of soil to grow a good potato. And favourable conditions across the Causeway Coast and Glens mean the area is home to a large community of potato growers. The spud is produced on farms right across the region before ending up on shop shelves and dinner plates. James Kyle from Stranocum has been growing the vegetable since leaving school. He says it?s not an easy occupation but it?s clear he has a passion for the industry. Mark McCurdy also followed in his father?s footsteps. Now several members of his family are involved in the potato business at Whitepark Bay.
9/26/2017

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Experts reveal how you can survive a one-year potato diet

Last year, Andrew Taylor ate nothing but potatoes. The Victorian man in Australia told news.com.au in December he embarked on the extreme diet to combat his addiction to food, and he lost 50kg over 12 months. When he started, he weighed 151.7kg, and he spent his days eating deep-fried food, ice cream, cake, chocolate and pizza. ?I had a realisation I was a food addict and it got me thinking about how if you?re an alcoholic you quit alcohol, or a drug addict you quit drugs,? he said. ?You can?t quit food, but I wanted to get as close as possible and wondered if there was one particular food I could eat and potatoes came up best.?
9/26/2017

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US: Study warns of blackspot bruising potential during potato harvest

The accumulative impact of Idaho?s hot days, combined with warm evenings that failed to cool down, could result in blackspot bruising early in the harvest season, according to a recent study. The Idaho Potato Commission sponsored a study warning Idaho growers of preventative measures to avoid blackspot bruising of potatoes during the early harvest period. The study, published by University of Idaho potato researchers Mike Thornton and Nora Olsen, cited the crop?s ?extreme differences in maturity? in the first week of September as a reason of concern for blackspot bruising.
9/26/2017

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China: Potato research institute established in Xinjiang

According to a news report published by XinhuaNet, a new potato research institute was recently established in northwest China?s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The institute, co-founded by research agencies and potato companies from China and Kazakhstan, aims to increase regional exchanges aimed at the development of the potato industry in both countries. Members of the institute will develop high-quality potato varieties well suited for the environment and the market demands of consumers in Central Asia. They will also cooperate in cultivation technology and potato processing technologies.
9/25/2017

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Studies show increase of global market for processed potato products

Reports made by research companies show the increase of the global market for processed potato products. Although the increase is not high, it has been a steady one in the past three years. PotatoBusiness.com analyzed two reports regarding the potato chips market and frozen finger potato chips. The global potato chips market will grow at a CAGR of 4.58% during the period 2017-2021, according to the ?Global Potato Chips Market 2017-2021? report recently launched by Research and Markets. The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is the innovative product offerings. Manufacturers of potato chips are tapping on the heavy demand for health foods by offering chips made from healthy ingredients.
9/25/2017

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Potato Expo 2018: Have a say in the final program ? cast a vote for your favorite topics

According to the organizers of Potato Expo 2018, the event (Jan 10 ? 12, Orlando) promises to be the best yet. The organizing team says they have been inundated with high quality and insightful abstracts for presentations for the Potato Expo Innovation Hub stage ? ?so many, that we cannot accommodate them all; so, we need your help and input to select the ones that are the most important for you to manage and build your business.? Topics include potato production, research, distribution, consumption, trends and more. This is your opportunity to have a say in the final program and make Potato Expo 2018 the most important tool for your business.
9/25/2017

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First female grower appointed as Idaho Potato Commissioner

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) announced Mary Hasenoehrl of Gross Farms as the first female to represent potato growers. ?I?m looking forward to working with Mary who has a long and impressive background in farming and agriculture,? stated Frank Muir, President & CEO, IPC. ?I have no doubt her perspective and experience will help us as we build impactful marketing programs to reach our primary target audience, women ages 25-54.? Randy Hardy of Hardy Farms and Nick Blanksma of Legacy Farms were also sworn in to serve second three-year terms at the 2017 Idaho Grower Shippers Association meeting in Sun Valley.
9/25/2017

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Mexico: Zebra Chip-tolerant potatoes for the fresh market identified

Over the past few years, the potato production of US, Mexico, New Zealand and Central America has been under threat by Zebra Chip (ZC), a disease associated with the Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum bacteria, vectored by the potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli). The disease turns part of the amide in soluble sugars so, when potatoes are cooked, sugars caramelise and streaks appear. Of course ZC is currently monitored with pesticides, but sustainable defence requires the development of resistant and/or tolerant varieties. Entomologists from the University of California Riverside, together with researchers from INIFAP (Mexico), characterised four promising potato lines (246, 865, 510, NAU) exposed to Cls-positive adult psyllids and monitored the vector?s behaviour towards the plants and the effects of the bacteria on the tubers.
9/24/2017

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Belgian chip maker Roger and Roger invests $12m into Croky plant

Snack manufacturer Roger & Roger ? known for its chips ? has invested USD $12 million into its Croky plant. The investment will allow the company to push forward with more gluten-free options. More than USD $12 million is planned to be invested this year to grow the chip business in Mouscron. Roger & Roger, better known under its trademark Croky bought from a British consortium in 2004. The company in Mouscron says it holds a market share of 37%, of which 25% through ?Private Label? brands and the rest through Croky. Roger & Roger achieved a turnover of 120 million euros last year.
9/24/2017

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Great Famine memorial gets green light for Glasgow site

A site in Glasgow, integral to the prosperity of the city?s Irish community, has been given the green light for a memorial to commemorate the Great Famine and how it changed the face of the city forever. St Mary?s Church in Calton has been selected as the location for a memorial after a persistent fight and years of campaigning from members of Glasgow?s Irish community. The famine seen mass disease, starvation and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. The devastating effects of the famine killed around one million people, with one million more emigrating to flee the country?s abject poverty.
9/24/2017

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Larger potatoes in store for Colorado season

The new crop of potatoes has just commenced harvesting in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, and growers are pleased with what they are seeing. Favorable weather has helped to foster ideal conditions and potato sizes are expected to average larger than previous years. ?The new crop began in earnest in mid-September,? said Dave Yeager of Farm Fresh Direct. ?Some of the early maturing plants commenced in early September but the main crop is now underway and is expected to remain in harvest through October 15. This year, we?re expecting a good crop and the size profile is looking a little larger than normal. We?ve had a combination of good weather and decent rainfall that has enabled the crop to be healthy. The larger sizes come about from time to time and although there is no direct explanation, this year?s conditions were indeed favorable for the plants.?
9/23/2017

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Call for more potato-processing capacity: Has Grimme got the answer?

Grimme?s range of potato handling equipment has been given a boost, thanks to the new addition of the PowerCombi to its RH line-up. It will be at Agritechnica (in Germany) in November. Claimed to be operating with up to 98% efficiency and requiring only one individual to run it; the new grader has a receiving hopper with a capacity of 28m, followed by three 2.4m-wide PU (polyurethane plastic) coil separators and, finally, an optical sorter. In totality, this results in a supposed output of around 100t/hour ? a 25% increase on previous models.
9/23/2017

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Canada: McCain Foods looking for Potato Industry Research Chair

McCain Foods recently announced that the company is looking for an Potato Industry Research Chair at the Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University campus is located in Truro, Nova Scotia. The position is funded through a partnership with Potatoes New Brunswick and McCain Foods Limited. The incumbent will liaise with the potato industry through meetings and committee work, providing leadership and support in his/her areas of expertise. The Department of Engineering in the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University invites applications from qualified candidates for a full-time, five-year term faculty position in precision agriculture in potato production at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on the candidate.
9/23/2017

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Research: Whole food, purple potatoes may help prevent colon cancer

Eating purple potatoes could reduce the risk of developing colon cancer, according to a new study. Pigs fed the vegetables found levels of a damaging protein that fuels tumours and other inflammatory bowel diseases were reduced by six times. Researchers say other colorful fruits and vegetables, such as broccoli and red grapes, could bring the same beneficial effects. The study in pigs by an international team of researchers found purple fleshed potatoes suppressed the spread of colon cancer stem cells ? even as part of a high calorie diet.
9/22/2017

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Global trade in potatoes increasing, valued at more than 11 billion euro in 2016

According to a report published by FreshPlaza, the global trade in potatoes, including potato products, had a value of more than 11 billion euro in 2016. Globally, the Netherlands is the most important exporter, with an export value of 2.4 billion euro last year. Belgium is in second place with an export value of 1.9 billion euro in 2016. Regarding value, the frozen potato products rule the roost. And the global trade is still growing considerably in this year by year. In 2016, it was six billion euro. That was an increase of more than ten per cent compared to 2015.
9/22/2017

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Idaho potato grower looking forward to tenth PMA Fresh Summit

For participants at the PMA Fresh Summit, to be hosted October 19 ? 21 this year, gathering together and networking at the event is and has been a valuable part of their year. As vendors see the opportunity to present new products as well as to connect with customers and suppliers, they continue to attend year after year to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Wilcox Fresh in the US has been present at the event for ten years now and sees it as an important showcase. The Idaho-based potato and onion grower has also branched out into an organic vegetable range and is looking forward to presenting their wares to attendees while also collaborating with fellow producers.
9/21/2017

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Canada, US: Prince Edward Island donating potatoes and other produce to hurricane victims in southern US

Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) farmers on the east coast of Canada are sending some of the province?s best produce to the Southern U.S. to help those affected by hurricane Irma. Wednesday, a tractor-trailer with more than 40,000 pounds of fresh produce will leave P.E.I. for Georgia where it will be distributed to victims and first responders. The trailer will include 17 pallets of produce donations, from five to 50-pound bags of potatoes from growers and packers throughout the Island, to carrots and rutabagas from the P.E.I. Vegetable Growers Co-Op.
9/21/2017

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Potatoes South Australia wins grant to develop vodka from waste potato peelings

In an effort to combat food waste, Potatoes South Australia has teamed up with the University of Adelaide and Adelaide Hills Distillery to make vodka from potato skins. Robbie Davis, chief executive officer of Potatoes SA, said at a national level, food loss in the agricultural industry ? pre farm gate ? was $3 billion annually. ?But the horticulture component of that is $1.8 billion dollars annually, and potatoes are the biggest contributor,? she said.
9/21/2017

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Canada: Cuban delegation eyeing Quebec potato varieties

A Cuban delegation visited several seed potato companies in Quebec during August, visiting seed production fields, different types of mini-tuber production and in-vitro laboratory facilities in the province. It was the first time an official delegation from Cuba visited seed potato growers in Quebec. The visit was organized by Quebec based breeding, research and development company, Progest 2001 Inc. The Cuban delegation was headed by the National Director of Crops and also included members of the National Director of Seeds and the Potato Director of the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences in Cuba (INCA).
9/21/2017

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Idaho potatoes bound for Japan

The Japanese government will allow the import of U.S. chipping potatoes from Idaho, marking the end of an 11-year ban on these shipments from the Pacific Northwest state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement. According to USDA figures, the United States already has a 98-percent share of the Japanese potato market, with exports of fresh and chilled potatoes increasing from $1 million in 2010 to $19 million in 2016. However, Japan stopped imports of Idaho chipping potatoes after detection of pale cyst nematode (PCN) in the southeastern part of the state in 2006.
9/20/2017

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Agrifirm introduces TopCote Potato: An innovative new coated fertiliser granule mix

The company Agrifirm in the Netherlands recently introduced a new fertilizer concept in the Netherlands: TopCote Potato. That is in essence a mix of coated and uncoated potato fertilizers. Due to the coating, nitrogen is gradually becomes available, or slowly released for plant use. TopCote Potato is said to feature a unique composition of coated and uncoated fertiliser granules. The phased/slow release of minerals and nutrients means the needs of the potato crop are optimally supported throughout the growing season. The use of TopCote Potato is said to be more effective in this respect if compared with regular fertilisers, and according to Agrifirm, use of TopCote Potato results in demonstrably better crop yields.
9/20/2017

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Japanese govt to subsidize increased production of processing potatoes

It is reported in the Japanese press that the country?s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will apparently support increased production of potatoes used for potato chips with subsidies. Due to the fact that potato chips fell short of the nationwide demand when unsettled weather curtailed processing potato production, the government reportedly included approx. 3 billion yen in the preliminary budget for 2018. The government is said to assist growers in particular with expenses necessary for increased production of seed potatoes and for acquiring machinery that will result in cost savings when expanding the cropping area of ​​processing potatoes.
9/20/2017

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No justification for China extending potato starch duties, says Starch Europe

On Friday (15 September), the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) confirmed its final decision to extend anti-subsidy duties on exports of EU-manufactured potato starch for another five years. The policy notification published on the Ministry?s Chinese language website, confirmed duties ranging from 7.5% to 12.4%. These duties have been in place since 2010, a response to the EU potato starch support scheme which provided subsidies to manufacturers. However, this EU support scheme came to an end in July 2012 ? according to trade association Starch Europe, which means the anti-subsidy duties are no longer warranted.
9/19/2017

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Canada: Alberta, feds back new Lethbridge potato processing plant

The federal and Alberta governments are set to cover over $22 million in costs related to the construction of Cavendish Farms? new potato processing plant at Lethbridge. The two levels of government on Monday announced $20 million for the City of Lethbridge for related municipal infrastructure developments, through the federal/provincial Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and Alberta?s Capital Plan. The funding for the infrastructure upgrades in Lethbridge?s Sherring Industrial Park follows talks between the city and the province after the plant?s construction was announced in December.
9/19/2017

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Bio-sector in the Netherlands band together in effort to find sustainable solution for potato late blight

In the Netherlands, Aldi and Lidl recently signed a covenant titled ?Accelerated transition towards resistant/robust potato varieties?. Signees also include Albert Heijn and Jumbo Supermarkets. Superunie, the purchasing organization representing thirteen independent supermarket organizations in the Netherlands, intends to sign the covenant shortly. Potato seed companies who signed the covenant include Agrico, HZPC, C. Meijer, Plantera, Den Hartigh, Europlant, Danespo, Caithness Potatoes and Plantum.
9/19/2017

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Dutch investors eyeing potato farming opportunities in Bangladesh

The Dutch potato industry is showing a keen interest to invest in potato farming in Bangladesh, aiming to increase the production and enhance commercial cultivation of potatoes in the country, according to a report published by UNB. Members of the potato industry in the Netherlands have disclosed their interest at the two-day long potato event sPotato Europe 2017, hosted in Emmeloord in the Netherlands last week. The Nederlandse Aardappel Organisatie (NAO, or Dutch Potato Organisation), a platform for several potato-related Dutch companies and organizations, reportedly expressed their intent to implement plans aimed at boosting potato farming in Bangladesh.
9/18/2017

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Research: Straw mulch increases potato yield and suppresses weeds in an organic production system

Scientists at the Dept of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US grew late and early maturing potato cultivars under two organic management systems using straw mulch or mechanical cultivation for weed management. In a paper published in the journal Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, researchers Ruth K. Genger, Douglas I. Rouse, and Amy O. Charkowski say that it was found that application of straw mulch at emergence consistently increased total and marketable A-size yields for the late season cultivar Freedom Russet, and shifted the profile of marketable A-size tubers toward larger sizes. Increased yields were seen for the early season cultivar Dark Red Norland in some years, and may be related to amelioration of environmental stress by straw mulch.
9/18/2017

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Great British Menu chef to promote Northern Irish spuds

Potato producers in Northern Ireland have recruited Great British Menu contestant Mark Abbott to help grow sales through the industry?s Mighty Spud campaign. The initiative, launched last year to encourage more consumers to buy and cook potatoes, is led by the Northern Ireland Potato Promotion Group, which represents the local industry. The chef said: ?The Mighty Spud is a great example of an innovative industry campaign which supports growth, awareness and a continued contribution to Northern Ireland?s agri-food industry.?
9/18/2017

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Webcast: Management practices for corky ringspot

The Plant Management Network has released a presentation by Michigan State University professor of nematology, George W. Bird, on management practices for corky ringspot This is a disease caused by the tobacco rattle virus and vectored by stubby-root nematodes. Usual symptoms are concentric rings on tuber skin and internal flesh. Bird?s presentation is designed to assist growers in all potato growing regions, in understanding and managing corky ringspot. The presentation contains information about the typical symptoms of the disease, and how growers can sample for the stubby root nematode.
9/18/2017

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Northwest European potato production expected to increase by 13,5%; quality good

La France Agricole reports that the quantity and quality of the Northwest European potato crop is expected to be good this year. According to NEPG, the Northwest European Potato Growers? Group, the potato harvest in 2017 would be about 27.9 million tonnes. That translates into an increase of 11.5% compared to the five-year average, and 13.5% compared to last year?s total harvest. This is the result of an increase in planted areas in the five Northwest European countries (Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain). The average yield is estimated at 48.2 t / ha, 2.9% above the five-year average. Quality is expected to be good.
9/17/2017

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Belgium: VDH Concept launches new packaging with net structure perforation

VDH Concept, a Belgian company specializing in retail packaging for potatoes, vegetables and fruit, has recently introduced SQ Pack, a new packaging with a net structure perforation. According to Jan van den Heuvel, owner of VDH Concept bvba, ?Allowing net structure perforations is a new way of packaging and is suitable for a lot of products, including potatoes and onions, but also citrus and bulbs. As the small holes in the foil let air in, the product is better able to breath and it extends the shelf life. There are different designs of the packaging available.
9/17/2017

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US: Despite dry season, Maine potato crop looks good

As the potato season in Maine is coming to an end, John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist for the University of Maine is reflecting on the season and what the harvest might bring in a news item by WABI TV5. ?If growers didn?t irrigate this year in Aroostook County, yields might be a little lower, but the quality should be good and if they were able to irrigate timely, I think they?ll do just fine,? John Jemison said. While most of Maine has experienced drought like conditions, that?s not necessarily the case for all regions. However, no matter what crop farmers are trying to grow, most have felt the brunt of a dry August, especially potato farmers.
9/16/2017

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Inventure Foods sells frozen division to Oregon Potato Company

Inventure Foods, Inc, an American specialty food marketer and manufacturer, has announced it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement for the sale of its frozen business to Oregon Potato Company, for total cash consideration of USD50m. This strategic transaction is expected to be completed this month. Terry McDaniel, CEO of Inventure Foods, says ?We intend to use the proceeds from the transaction to further reduce our debt and improve our overall financial flexibility in order to allow us to focus on continuing to grow our leading snack business as we finalize our strategic review.?
9/16/2017

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China extends anti-subsidy rights on imported potato starch from the EU

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has decided to extend the anti-subsidy duties levied on imported potato starch from the EU for five more years, starting on Saturday. Potato starch imported from the EU is subject to anti-subsidy rights ranging from 7.5% to 12.4%, based on the Ministry?s decision announced on 17 September 2011. The latest decision came after a review launched a year ago concluded that China?s potato starch industry could be harmed if anti-dumping duties were dropped.
9/16/2017

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UK: Late blight pressure at independent Eurofins trials site

A surge in late blight pressure on the independent Eurofins trials site in Derbyshire has developed into one of the best tests of potato blight fungicides for many years. One trial, designed to mirror the Euroblight categorisation under UK conditions and native blight strains, has underlined the importance of the rating, along with some interesting developments during 2017, reported Syngenta Potato Field Technical Manager, Douglas Dyas. This year one trial protocol tested 13 different fungicides with single product use at weekly application right through the season; ?infector? rows between plots were inoculated with strains of blight and managed to induce high blight pressure across the site.
9/15/2017

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Smaller crop size, good quality for Idaho potato growers

The 2017 Idaho potato harvest got under way in the earliest fields in the days immediately following the ?Great American Eclipse? on Aug. 21. It might also have appropriately been called the ?Great Idaho Potato Eclipse,? since the path of totality swept across about 90 percent of the state?s potato production regions, and those outside of the path of totality still witnessed a 97 percent eclipse or better. The 2017 Idaho potato harvest got under way in the earliest fields in the days immediately following the ?Great American Eclipse? on Aug. 21. Potato farmers in Idaho saw below-cost pricing for their efforts during much of the 2016-17 marketing year due to a large 2016 crop and an abundance of small sizes.
9/15/2017

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UK: Tyrrells raises crisp quality with 2M automation spend

Tyrrells has completed a 2M capital investment at its factory at Leominster in Hertfordshire ? a move designed to improve the quality of its vegetable crisps and drive growth in the category. The investment has increased the level of automation during manufacture, which will reduce the amount of manual handling or number of ?touchpoints?, resulting in less breakage of the crisps and bigger, whole pieces of vegetable crisp in the packs, said a Tyrrells spokeswoman. The crisps are now about 40?50% larger than those previously made, she added.
9/15/2017

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Big issues coming home to roost for Ireland?s potato growers

If you ever venture over to Eastern Europe, you will find that when the good citizens there are looking for a quality starch food to go with their meat and vegetables, they don?t talk about the potato, but reach for the ?Irish potato?. This is an example of the strong relationship we as a nation have to this basic of foodstuffs. You would think that with this strong relationship, at the very least, we would have a supply chain of potatoes that would be at least comprehensive, if not vibrant and progressive. Alas this is far from the case.
9/15/2017

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A New Zealand agritech startup helping US potato farmers just listed on Australian Securities Exchange

A tech company that helps farmers improve crop yields will list on the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday. CropLogic has raised the $8 million it sought in an IPO, and said it was even offered $1 million on top of that during the offer period. Forty million ordinary shares will be issued at 20 cents each, and the business will have a market cap of $25 million. The New Zealand ?internet of things? agriculture tech company, established in 2010, uses on-field sensors connected via wireless and satellite channels to collect data such as soil moisture and temperature, and rainfall, alongside other information to give farmers a predictive analysis of their efforts.
9/14/2017

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US: Demand for specialty potato products may lead to Bushmans? expansion

For Bushmans? Inc., and other Wisconsin growers, the potato crop this fall is looking very good. Mike Carter, CEO of Bushmans?, based in Rosholt, WI, said very wet spring conditions will cost Wisconsin a small percentage of its potential 2017 potato acreage. However, the surviving acreage is fine, especially given weeks of ideal weather this summer. ?The crop seems a little behind, but every week we let it go (by delaying harvest) it is bulking up.? Carter said Bushmans? specialty shed, built in recent years to pack specialty potato products ? may be expanded this season to help meet strong demand.
9/14/2017

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Farmers in Japan?s Nagasaki Prefecture step up efforts to grow more spuds

Potato growers in Nagasaki Prefecture, the nation?s second-largest spud-producing region, are pinning their hopes on a new disease-resistant variety to avoid another crop shortage of the kind that halted sales of chips and other snack products this year. The prefecture plans to expand the cultivation of the new variety as demand driven by popular takeaway items such as fries and croquettes continues. According to the Japan Snack Cereal Foods Association, the volume of potato chip shipments in Japan rose by over 30 percent between 2004 and 2016.
9/12/2017

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Taiwanese french fry suppliers to be checked amid food concerns

Taiwan?s health authorities will conduct stringent checks of potato suppliers after reports that French fries served at fast food restaurants were found with green patches. The scoop of green-tinted potatoes was first posted online by a user of PTT, the largest terminal-based bulletin board system (BBS) in Taiwan. He wrote that his tongue felt weird when he was eating potato wedges at McDonald?s and he found there was a green tint in the food.
9/12/2017

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French fries ? Friend or foe?

That strip of golden goodness, that salty and crisp fried chip of a potato that makes burgers better, steaks superb and, generally, a meal magnificent. That?s what many of us think and feel about the French fry, frites or Belgian frieten, writes Andre Erasmus. But is it so, particularly the ?golden goodness? part? Not according to the European Union and many food scientists. Acrylamide, says the EU, is ?a carcinogenic substance that forms from naturally present free asparagine (amino acid) and sugars during high temperature processing, such as frying, particularly in potato-based products?.
9/11/2017

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New Zealand: Extreme wet winter conditions devastate potato crops

An unprecedented wet season has caused potatoes to rot in the ground before they could be harvested in some areas in New Zealand, with one Horowhenua farmer losing 100 tonnes from a single paddock. Opiki potato farmer, Mike Moleta has been working his family farm for two decades, and his father for six decades before him. He said that in all that time they had never experienced weather so extreme. The potatoes, planted on their Opiki farm during October last year, were due to be harvested from April onwards.
9/11/2017

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A look to the future of the Potato: 10th World Potato Congress event to be held in Cusco, Peru

For the first time, the World Potato Congress (WPC) and the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) will come together in the historic city of Cusco, Peru, from 27th to 31st of May 2018. According to WPC President and CEO, David Thompson, the two oganizations have agreed to stage a dual congress that will benefit the potato industry in South America and globally. The event is themed A look to the future of the Potato. It will showcase and celebrate the Andean origins of the potato.
9/11/2017

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Upcoming industry event in the Netherlands is important for Scots potato export market

In recent years exports of seed potatoes from Scotland have gradually increased to the point where they are now worth millions of pounds to the economy. With a view to further promoting this trade, British potato exporters will next week attend the Potato Europe event in Emmelord, Holland. With more than 250 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors from around the world, Potato Europe is seen as a key marketplace for the GB potato sector.
9/11/2017

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UK: Potato growers to be targeted by Health and Safety Executive inspections

East Anglia?s potato growers have been urged to step up their accident prevention measures this harvest season ? and to expect visits from safety inspectors. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is reminding producers of the importance of managing risks to workers during the potato harvest as it launches its latest inspection initiative. Inspectors will be making unannounced visits to farms that grow, pick and process potatoes during the next few months to ensure risks during the harvesting season are being controlled and measures are in place to protect farmers and their workers.
9/7/2017

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US: Strong markets should reward lowered potato supply

Early estimates suggest that Wisconsin?s potato crop may be down roughly 5 percent this fall. However, if prices hold strong, as they were in late August, the decreased supply is more than compensating for the lost production. Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, based in Antigo, estimated that Wisconsin?s fresh potato crop would be about 27 million hundredweight for the 2017 growing season. The 2016 fresh crop came in at 28.5 million hundredweight. Late in August Houlihan said growers were enjoying great potato prices. ?The market is fantastic now,? he said.
9/7/2017

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Lamb Weston expects growing demand for frozen potato products in 2018

Tom Werner, President and CEO of Lamb Weston, says that the company anticipates the operating environment to remain generally favorable, with solid demand growth for frozen potato products across most of the markets. ?We expect the industry?s production capacity to continue to be constrained, especially in North America. We are confident in our ability to build upon the momentum that we have created, leverage our investments in additional capacity to support our customers, execute our strategies and win in the marketplace to deliver on our outlook for the year,? says Werner.
9/7/2017

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Potato mutants: Useless freaks or precious gems?

Mutations are naturally occurring phenomena in all living organisms. Most mutations are harmful in the organisms in which they occur. In seed-propagated crops, such harmful mutations ? ?freaks? ? are often lost in the cycle of sexual reproduction and selection. The most famous mutant potato cultivar is Russet Burbank, a russeted variant that arose from the smooth-skinned Burbank?s Seedling that was selected by Luther Burbank in 1874.
9/5/2017

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