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Fewer spuds grown across Canada good for P.E.I. potato farmers

The amount of spuds planted this year in Canada has dropped and the P.E.I. Potato Board said that?s a good thing. Numbers released by Statistics Canada recently show the amount of ...
8/5/2016

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US: Black Gold Farms begins Indiana red potato harvest

Black Gold Farms has kicked off the harvest of its red potatoes in Winamac, Indiana, just two miles south of Chicago. The company is anticipating a strong yield with exceptional quality, ...
8/5/2016

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Russia expects record cabbage and potato harvest

Warm weather and heavy rainfall last month in the Altai region could have a positive impact on the yield of vegetable crops this year, says the CEO of Russkie ovoshi, Andrei Langovoy. ...
8/5/2016

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London Biscuits plans to grow potato chips business

London Biscuits Bhd reaffirmed our confidence in the management?s growth plans and continuous efforts to manage borrowings and improve its overall balance sheet position. Growth remains ...
8/5/2016

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University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers make progress in fight vs. potato blight

Researchers from UW-Madison now have a better understanding of the genomic structure of late blight, a disease that is attacking tomato and potato crops in Wisconsin this year. The ...
8/5/2016

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Potatoes in smaller sized packaging increasingly popular

So far, the 2016 potato crop in the US looks to be similar to last year. ?Plantings are down slightly compared to last year, but higher yields are expected to make for similar supplies,? ...
8/5/2016

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Red River Valley spuds hit hard by rain, hail

Rain and hail have put a serious dent in the 2016 Red River Valley potato crop. Red volumes from valley growers in North Dakota and Minnesota could be down 25 to 30% this season, said ...
8/5/2016

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Curtailing chlorothalonil

On Feb. 11, 2016, Health Canada?s Pest Management Regulatory Agency published an amendment to the proposed re-evaluation decision for chlorothalonil (REV2016-06) that was first published ...
7/29/2016

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US: Potato growers? cool salad bar initiative for school kids

Back to school is right around the corner and thanks to Washington?s farmers and ranchers our students are blessed to have healthy eating options. I was chatting with Ryan Holterhoff ...
7/29/2016

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Canada: ?Hit and miss? rainfall not enough for potato crop

While some areas on Prince Edward Island got a thorough soaking over the weekend others are still thirsty for moisture. ?Actually right where we?re standing, we had about two and a ...
7/29/2016

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US: Yes or no GMO? Food companies talk biotech

Treasure Valley companies continue to focus on food production and point out the benefits of biotechnology in a national polarized and political environment surrounding genetically ...
7/29/2016

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Canada: Ontario potato acreage up slightly, national acreage down

The number of acres planted to potatoes is down this year in Canada, but up slightly in Ontario. Statistics Canada reports total acreage was down almost 2 per cent from 2015. Statscan ...
7/29/2016

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Weather continues to devastate potato crops in Northeast North Dakota

The heart of ?Potato Country? in northeast North Dakota was devastated by baseball size hail that lasted up to 35 minutes last Tuesday night. The worst hail damage was along Highway ...
7/29/2016

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US: Nation's largest Red Potato producer takes pummeling

The weather has put Red River Valley farmers through the ringer this year. Now the nation could be feeling the effects. ?You know you kind of take care of them as if they're your kids. ...
7/29/2016

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AHDB Potatoes Next Generation education program follows supply chain relationships from field to fork

AHDB Potatoes? Next Generation continued to explore GB?s diverse potato industry with a processing-focussed, whole supply chain day at McCain GB Foods Ltd Headquarters in Scarborough ...
7/28/2016

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Four scientists win a prize for aiding health, nutrition

Four scientists ? three of them in Africa ? have won US$250,000 for combined success in improving nutrition and health through combating vitamin A deficiency in vulnerable populations. ...
7/28/2016

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Former Utz potato chip exec pleads guilty to $1.4M fraud

A former executive with a Pennsylvania potato chip and snack food company has pleaded guilty to defrauding the company out of roughly $1.4 million. Thirty-eight-year-old Kevin Myers ...
7/28/2016

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India: Odisha plans to cultivate 25,000ha of potato

On July 20, the State Government of Odisha announced an ambitious plan to cultivate potatoes on 25,000 hectares of land. The decision to increase cultivation was taken in light of ...
7/28/2016

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Better Made chips win gold medals for two flavors in national competition

Detroit?s pride and joy in the realm of potato chips still packs a satisfying crunch, according to the experts, 86 years after its start. The Better Made Snack Foods won two gold-medal ...
7/28/2016

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Exploring the UK?s potato industry: visit to McCain

AHDB Potatoes? Next Generation recently paid a visit to McCain GB Foods headquarters in Scarborough, as part of their exploration of GB?s diverse potato industry. The visit incorporated ...
7/27/2016

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Potato researcher warns of new disease threat

A plant pathologist has advised the potato industry to prioritize research and testing to combat a new threat to U.S. spud production ? the bacterial pathogen dickeya dianthicola. ...
7/27/2016

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India: Govt fixes potato MEP at USD 360/tonne

The government today imposed minimum export price (MEP) of USD 360 per tonne on potato to increase domestic availability and cool prices. Wholesale potato prices in Agra, Uttar Pradesh ...
7/27/2016

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US: Potato council joins Cuba trade group

The National Potato Council has joined a group that hopes to expand trade with Cuba. The Washington, D.C.-based council is now one of more than 100 organizations and businesses in ...
7/27/2016

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Canada: Foes of GMOs call for stricter store labelling

With three new genetically engineered foods given the green light to be sold in grocery stores in Canada, opponents of the technology are increasing their demands the products be clearly ...
7/27/2016

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PBS show features Idaho potato segment

Popular home improvement show ?Ask This Old House,? which airs on PBS, included a 6-minute segment explaining the growing process behind Idaho potatoes and illuminating for viewers ...
7/27/2016

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Alabama, Pennsylvania snack food companies announce merger

The parent company of Golden Flake Snack Foods Inc., a longtime Birmingham, Alabama firm known for its potato chips and other snack foods, is being acquired by Utz Quality Foods Inc. ...
7/22/2016

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Potato research substation giving pest-control invention a trial run

A new invention designed to cut the click beetle population is now being used at Agri-Food Canada?s potato research substation located in rural New Brunswick. For years, staff helped ...
7/22/2016

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Canada: Curtailing chlorothalonil

On Feb. 11, 2016, Health Canada?s Pest Management Regulatory Agency published an amendment to the proposed re-evaluation decision for chlorothalonil (REV2016-06) that was first published ...
7/22/2016

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Lay?s Academy Romania has chosen its winners

Lay?s has announced the winners of its educational program ?Lay?s Academy?, in partnership with the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UASVM) in Bucharest, Romania: ...
7/21/2016

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Nanotechnology route to potato improvements

Work to make potatoes more nutritious by using nanoparticles is proving promising, according to the AHDB-funded researcher involved. Trials applying nanoparticle formulations of iron ...
7/21/2016

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US: Simplot plans to expand North Dakota potato processing plant

J.R. Simplot Co. is planning a USD30m expansion to its north Grand Forks potato processing plant according to a city memo, though a company employee says corporate approval is still ...
7/21/2016

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Study: Potatoes offer more nutrition when cooled

There is good news for potato salad lovers just as the season for chilled potatoes officially heats up. New research published in the scientific journal Food Chemistry adds to the ...
7/21/2016

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Potassium: The reason a doctor prescribed potato chips to a pro athlete

A doctor prescribed potato chips to not just anyone but to a pro athlete to help relieve muscle aches. According to MLB.com, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel has been told by the ...
7/21/2016

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Namibia: Washed potatoes offer excellent opportunities

According to figures presented by Gilbert Mulonda, market promotion and advisory manager of the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA), potato production on the local market grew from ...
7/20/2016

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Simplot plans GMO-only seed potato farms

Officials with Simplot Plant Sciences said their company intends to eventually award contracts for propagating its Innate line of biotech potato seed exclusively to farmers willing ...
7/20/2016

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US: Potato-chip giant Utz to buy Golden Enterprises for $135M

Utz Quality Foods Inc., the family-owned Hanover, Pa.-based potato-chip and snack-food company that?s been growing like a well-fed teenager, has agreed to pay about $135 million, or ...
7/20/2016

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Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association broadens sustainability horizons

“Agribusiness-as-usual isn’t agribusiness-as-usual,” notes Tim Feit, Director of Promotions and Consumer Education for the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers ...
7/20/2016

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Storing spuds: Refrigeration technology for potato storage applications

Over the past four decades, refrigeration companies like Refrigeration Systems, Inc. (RSI) have provided cooling equipment to potato farmers and agricultural companies in order to ...
7/20/2016

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Maverick Potato shipping 100 percent organic potatoes

Headed into year four, Maverick Potato Co. in Center, CO, has made the quantum leap to all-organic product, according to Roger Christensen, co-owner of the operation. ?We?re continuing ...
7/20/2016

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Canada: Manitoba?s first case of late blight for the year detected

Manitoba?s first case of late blight for the year was found in a western Manitoba field over the weekend. Manitoba Agriculture plant pathologist Vikram Bisht says they can?t speculate ...
7/19/2016

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UK: Potato Council report on ethylene storage technique released

Ten years ago a vision arose in England of storing potatoes and onions without chemicals. A group of growers has studied, tested and perfected this new storage technique with ethylene ...
7/19/2016

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International Potato Center publishes 2015 report

The International Potato Center (CIP) has published its annual report for 2015. According to Barbara H. Wells, Director General of the CIP, 2015 saw an alignment between the goals ...
7/19/2016

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US: Hancock research station celebrates 100 years

The University of Wisconsin?s Hancock Agricultural Research Station is celebrating 100 years of research, vegetables, farmer partnerships, education and innovation. An expanded Potato ...
7/19/2016

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Venezuela: Government authorizes import of potato seed

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Jose Gregorio Aguilera met with potato producers from the states of Lara, Merida, Tachira, Carabobo, and Aragua on Tuesday and told them that the ...
7/18/2016

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Swiss potato harvest washed away

The weather wasn?t on the side of potato producers. After the last year?s bad conditions, this year the harvest has literally washed away. There are already farmers who have written ...
7/18/2016

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US: Stealth potato virus threatens industry

Newly emerged viruses threaten the U.S. potato industry, including potatoes grown in Washington. More than 85 percent of potatoes from the state?s Columbia Basin feed our french fry ...
7/18/2016

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Potato growers challenged to trial new techniques

Potato farmers could be wasting time and resources ploughing and de-stoning their land, a Scottish consultant told growers visiting the industry?s new AHDB monitor farm project near ...
7/18/2016

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Perfect storm for potato blight across England

Wet weather and warm temperatures have created the perfect storm for potato blight across England, this year. With crop values creeping up, the need to protect is becoming ever more ...
7/18/2016

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Progress made on accessing U.S. potato markets

U.S. potato industry leaders say they?ve made significant headway recently in their efforts to bolster access to some key foreign markets. During the National Potato Council?s summer ...
7/17/2016

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Potato, sugar leaders laud GMO labeling bill

Leaders of the potato and sugar beet industries say they consider a bill that passed Congress requiring labels on food containing genetically modified organisms to be a good compromise. ...
7/17/2016

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