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UK: 50% increase in sweet potato demand year on year

Sweet potatoes are in big demand in the UK and interest has been growing for a while. According to one trader there has been a 50% increase in demand year on year from the last five ...
9/16/2016

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Make healthier, better tasting potato chips with this Pulsed Electric Field unit

Heat and Control, in response to snack processors recognising a demand by consumers for a healthy snack product with an enhanced taste and ?mouth feel? has developed a technology that ...
9/15/2016

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Registration now open for Potato Expo 2017

Register now for Potato Expo 2017 and prepare to network with peers and exhibitors at the first show to be held in San Francisco. This year?s event will be held January 4-6 and will ...
9/15/2016

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US: Rainy summer makes tough times for potato growers

The unusually rainy weather this spring and summer has destroyed portions of potato crops in North Dakota and Minnesota. Chuck Gunnerson, president of the Northern Plains Potato Growers ...
9/15/2016

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Potato Europe 2016: Grimme to present many practical improvements of its equipment

Agricultural Machinery manufacturer Grimme will present at the Potato Europe in France several practical improvements of its planting, harvesting and handling technology. The self-propelled ...
9/15/2016

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International Potato Center looking for potato breeder to be based in Kenya

CIP is searching for a Potato Breeder Scientist who will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, in an international research environment, and is also responsible for supporting breeding and capacity ...
9/15/2016

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Universities bolster the US Potato Genebank?s impact

Land-grant universities are collaborating to support the United States Potato Genebank in its endeavors to conduct potato research, support creation of new potato varieties, and conserve ...
9/15/2016

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France: McDonald?s is testing a restaurant that Ronald McDonald would never recognize

What do you go to McDonald?s for? The Big Macs? The All-Day Breakfast?Certainly the fries, everyone loves those McD?s fries, especially when they?re unlimited. Well. Everyone but France, ...
9/15/2016

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Potato harvest off to slow, wet start on Prince Edward Island

Officials with the P.E.I. Potato Board say wet weather over the weekend has shut down the potato harvest on some farms in the western part of the province. "Very concerned," ...
9/14/2016

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Canada: Research site to help expand markets for vegetable growers

New varietal research, underway near Winkler in Manitoba province, may make field production of sweet potatoes possible in a Canadian climate too. Sweet potatoes are included in plot ...
9/13/2016

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?Dutch potato seed to Russia in 2016/17 season as well?

Manager of the Dutch Potato Organisation (NAO) Dick Hylkema concludes a visit to the Russian potato sector today. ?Together with representatives of the Agricultural Council, I visited ...
9/13/2016

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Frito-Lay names new chief marketing officer

Frito-Lay has promoted group vp of marketing Ann Mukherjee to chief marketing officer and senior vice president. Mukherjee will oversee the company's North American snacks business. ...
9/13/2016

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US: Missed rule change leads to audit finding for Potato Commission

The Washington Potato Commission didn?t know about new guidelines for reporting pension funds, and as a result made mistakes on its pension fund reporting, according to an audit report ...
9/12/2016

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Kenya: Potato plan timely

Reports that two companies plan to buy potatoes worth Sh180 million from farmers every year are welcome. The companies say that they will sign contracts with the growers to supply ...
9/12/2016

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US: RPE Produce offers new microwavable potato products

RPE Produce, Inc., has added a new convenience line of microwavable potatoes and expanded its organic line. Randy Shell, RPE?s vice president of marketing and new business development, ...
9/12/2016

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US: Potato industry veteran dies

Bob Dwelle, a potato physiologist who was a respected member of the Potato Association of America and a professor at the University of Idaho, died Sept. 4 at age 69 due to complications ...
9/12/2016

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India: ?Potato to be Rs650 to Rs750 per quintal in Jan-March 2017?

Forecasting the wholesale farm prices of potato in the forthcoming potato season, the scientists of the Agricultural Economics Department, College of Agriculture, Pant varsity, said ...
9/12/2016

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New warehouse to double Monte Vista Potato Growers? capacity

The new 15,000-square-foot warehouse and new line at Monte Vista Potato Growers will double the grower-shipper?s capabilities, according to General Manager Jason Tillman. In mid-August ...
9/12/2016

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Potato Processing International Magazine invites you to a Seminar at Potato Europe

Potato Processing International magazine (PPI) will host a seminar on September 15, starting at 2:30 PM, during the Potato Europe event in France. The seminar will be hosted by PPI?s ...
9/8/2016

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North America: Top 5 potato storage diseases

Potato growers are familiar with the expression ?a potato storage is not a hospital?, which reflects the simple truth that diseased potatoes going into storage are not going to get ...
9/8/2016

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How ?Big Data? is disrupting agriculture from biological discovery to farming practices

Sometimes we only know there was a revolution by looking in the rear view mirror. That is not the case with the disruption in agriculture today. We can see the innovation and disruption ...
9/8/2016

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South Africa: Company reaching out to collaborate with global biocontrol community on potato diseases

AgChem Africa is a South African owned and operated company that specializes in the development and manufacture of agro-chemical products for a range of agricultural crops, including ...
9/8/2016

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Australia: Long-running saga finally ends with deregulation of potato industry

Western Australia?s potato industry no longer faces heavy regulation after the state government passed legislation to remove 70-year-old restrictions. The industry deregulation involves ...
9/8/2016

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US: Potato industry confident of political footing

Change is coming to Washington D.C., but John Keeling of the National Potato Council believes the potato industry will be prepared no matter which political party holds the upper hand ...
9/7/2016

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Kenya: OLX signs 15 per cent fertiliser discount deal for potato farmers

Online classifieds company OLX has signed a deal with Mavuno Fertilisers that will see farmers buy the input at a 15 per cent discount. OLX country manager Peter Ndiang?ui on Tuesday ...
9/7/2016

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Italy: Frozen potatoes and veg performing well despite crisis

The Italian frozen potato and vegetable sectors have been performing well despite the consumption and price policy issues of the past five years. Between 2010 and 2015, the Italian ...
9/7/2016

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Governments of Manitoba and Canada invest in new potato, sweet potato and carrot research site

The Governments of Canada and Manitoba have invested more than $210,000 in a new vegetable research site near Winkler, in Manitoba. The research will be focused on improving yields, ...
9/7/2016

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Jerry Wright to retire from United Potato Growers of America

United Potato Growers of America President/CEO, Jerry Wright, announced his coming retirement at the August 23 Board of Directors meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jed Ellithorpe, current ...
9/7/2016

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Potatoes USA Summer Meeting shares successes

Potatoes USA held its Summer Meeting Aug. 10 in Seattle, Washington, home state of current chairman, Mike Pink. The meeting provided an opportunity for the staff to present the results ...
9/5/2016

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The Ethiopian highlands: fertile ground for seed potato production?

The Ethiopian highlands are densely populated and home to millions of smallholder farmers. The area is blessed with cool temperatures and high rainfall, which should make it fertile ...
9/5/2016

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How McCain Foods uses Big Data

Big data was something McCain Foods discovered by chance. In fact it was a concept its director of agronomy Dr. Yves Leclerc wasn?t even familiar with until about a year and a half ...
9/5/2016

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Germany: Use of composts made of biowaste and treated compost in organic potato production

This project, which will be conducted in Lower Saxony in Germany over two years, wants to develop recommendations for the application of composts in organic potato production. Bio-waste ...
9/5/2016

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U.S. potato exports up 6%

The value of U.S. potato exports grew 4% in the 12 months ending in June, and volumes increased 6%. Potatoes exported in the 12-month period were valued at $1.69 billion, the second-highest ...
9/5/2016

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Management of potato psyllids

Adult potato psyllids have been detected in some fields in western and south central North Dakota potatoes this season. This insect is mainly found in the Rocky Mountain states. Potato ...
9/2/2016

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Canada: Prince Edward Island scientists see potential for sorghum sudangrass as potato rotation crop

You may not have ever heard of sorghum sudangrass but if you live on Prince Edward Island, it could be coming soon to a potato field near you. A team of researchers with Agriculture ...
9/2/2016

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Canada: From plantlet to tuber: the story behind the staple

Modern potatoes start as tiny plantlets that take years of nurturing before they become a full-grown tuber for the seed market. It can be a risky business. New varieties may offer ...
9/2/2016

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US: Maine potato growers ready for harvest

After a banner year last year, officials with the Maine Potato Board said Wednesday that this year?s crop looks healthy and disease free, but they will not be sure if it will be comparable ...
9/2/2016

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Australia, New Zealand: Food standards watchdog calls for opinions on Simplot?s GM potato

The food regulator Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (Fsanz) has begun public consultation as it reviews whether to allow a potato that has been genetically modified to reduce ...
9/1/2016

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US: Management of potato psyllids

Adult potato psyllids have been detected in some fields in western and south central North Dakota potatoes this season. This insect is mainly found in the Rocky Mountain states. Potato ...
9/1/2016

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Latin America: Up to 20% of potato crops lost due to global warming

Several experts on potato crops stated in Panama that global warming destroyed between 10% and 20% of Latin America?s annual potato production and that it had become the main threat ...
9/1/2016

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Harvest and minimizing foreign material in potatoes ? On-line educational video now available

Foreign material is any material that is not the potato tuber itself. It is ?trash? or ?garbage? in potatoes. Many foreign materials originate in the field, but others enter the product ...
9/1/2016

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UK: Newer potato varieties see growth in planted land

Maris Piper remains the UK?s number one potato variety in terms of area grown, but has been eclipsed in terms of growth by a number of new, specialist varieties. Provisional estimates ...
9/1/2016

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Sri Lanka: Special Goods Tax on imported potatoes increased

Government has increased the Special Goods Tax on imported potatoes up to Rs.40 from Rs.35 per kilogram as effective from midnight August 24 ? with the intention of safeguarding the ...
8/31/2016

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Australia: Potato imports worry growers

A rise in potato imports has reignited the industry?s concerns about competitiveness and profitability. Data released by Global Trade Atlas last week found in the first quarter of ...
8/31/2016

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UK: New award to celebrate up-and-coming potato heroes

A new award has been launched by AHDB aimed at recognising up-and-coming, passionate and dedicated individuals in Great Britain?s potato industry. It comes on the 20th anniversary ...
8/31/2016

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The secret art of making stackable potato chips

If you ever wondered how this particular type of snack is made, you should definitely watch this brief but comprehensive video. Turns out it takes only about 20 minutes to make a tube ...
8/31/2016

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US: Potato growers host farm tour for EPA staff

The National Potato Council (NPC) led a delegation of 12 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff on a tour of Minnesota potato fields. The annual field event gives EPA staff ...
8/31/2016

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AUSVEG and PMA-ANZ combine forces to host joint industry event in 2017

AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA-ANZ) will unite to deliver a joint industry conference and trade show in 2017, marking an historic partnership between two of horticulture?s ...
8/30/2016

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Smaller crop, growing exports brighten U.S. spud outlook

U.S. potato growers should have a smaller crop and strengthened export demand as they start to market their 2016 harvest, according to new reports. Recent estimates by United Potato ...
8/30/2016

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Discovering the benefits of blight resistant potatoes

HERITAGE varieties of potato have been the subject of recent ?field lab? trials in Scotland and England aimed at finding alternative techniques to manage blight. Organised by the Innovative ...
8/30/2016

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