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Potato research grant announced for Colorado State

Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., this week announced that Colorado State University will receive $2.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department ...
8/1/2017

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Australia: Agronico opens new purpose-built coolstore for seed potato storage in Tasmania

The new coolstore at Spreyton can store up to 8000 tonnes of seed potatoes and has the potential to service Australia?s seed potato needs, Agronico believes. Agronico chief executive ...
8/1/2017

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Tummers keeps developing its potato processing equipment

As the people are the heart of Tummers, R&D is the backbone. Tummers is continuously working on improving their machinery, the process, service or other aspects to apply to the demands ...
8/1/2017

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?It?s shaping up to be a good year? for Washington State potatoes

Last winter?s heavy snowfall and a wet 2017 spring put Washington potato growers in the fields later than the 2016 season, but reports from the Washington State Potato Commission indicate ...
8/1/2017

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US: Potato farm tour highlights biological diversity

In the heart of prime potato growing country, one San Luis Valley farm has such a worldwide reputation for soil health innovation that a recent field day attracted guests from Canada, ...
8/1/2017

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McCain?s latest Canadian investment takes the company?s capacity spend to over $1 billion

McCain Foods Limited has announced plans to expand its capacity at its plant in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada. This investment will bring additional production capacity to the french fry ...
7/25/2017

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Potatoes seen as healthy product in Sweden

Although some regions were affected more than others, Lars Elofson from Svensk Potatis in Sweden says that overall there was not too much damage to the potato crop from the cold weather ...
7/25/2017

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Belgium: 'Normal harvest of storage potatoes possible, despite drought'

The early potato harvest suffered most from the drought. There was talk of a loss of 15 million Euro a month ago. There is no new figure at this time. ?The potatoes that were in sandy ...
7/24/2017

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Kettle launches a new premium chips range in the United Kingdom: ?Discoveries?

KETTLE is pleased to announce the launch of Discoveries, an exciting new sharing range featuring unique flavour combinations, designed to target the growing couples night in occasion. ...
7/24/2017

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Dutch potato sector accesses Argentinian market

After years of negotiations, the Argentinian border was recently opened for Dutch baby potatoes. The export of in-vitro propagated potato plants to the South American country is also ...
7/24/2017

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Applied research: Method to hit the bull?s eye on crop nutrient requirements

Researchers from Aarhus University have developed a method to match crop nitrogen requirements more precisely than ever before. The method can reduce agricultural nitrogen emissions ...
7/23/2017

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British Potato Industry Award nominations now open

Nominations for the coveted ?British Potato Industry Award? and ?AHDB Above and Beyond Award? are now open. The British Potato Industry Awards celebrates the recognition of those who ...
7/22/2017

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McDonald?s takes on the fast-food dead zone

To lure more mid-afternoon customers, McDonald?s Corp. is rejecting its recent health-food kick and rolling out the sweets: croissants, muffin tops and a new sundae-topping station ...
7/22/2017

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NZ: Mesh cheaper than chemicals in stopping potato psyllid

Scientist Dr Charles Merfield believes he has the answer to solving the problem of the potato psyllid, which costs growers about $10 million a year. Trials using mesh to cover the ...
7/21/2017

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Drones measure nitrogen application in potato farming

Researchers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands announced that the ?Toward precision agriculture 2.0? research program has included a group of potato farmers carrying ...
7/21/2017

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US: National Potato Council?s 2017 Potato Statistical Yearbook can now be downloaded online

Download the Statistical Yearbook for 2017 (or read it online). The Yearbook is annually published by the National Potato Council (NPC). You will find overviews of national legislative, ...
7/21/2017

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This is the little-known ingredient which makes McDonald?s fries so delicious

There?s been some recent confusion over what it is which makes McDonald?s fries so special. It turns out that some branches of McDonald?s are serving up fries with a little-known ingredient ...
7/19/2017

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Nottingham University and Pipers Crisps develop science of crisps

Pipers Crisps, one of Britain?s best-known crisp brands, set out to understand more about the science behind their premium products and processes and they turned to food experts at ...
7/19/2017

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Scottish potato growers continue to learn that ?less is more?

The ?less is more? lesson for tattie growers continues with the revelation that overall yields could be increased by reducing nitrogen top dressings by 25-30 kg a hectare. The message ...
7/19/2017

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US potato exports increased in May

U.S. exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes all increased in May 2017 compared to May 2016, according to Potatoes USA. The organization reports that exports of frozen products ...
7/19/2017

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Germany: Organic potatoes damaged by heavy rain and potato beetles

Especially in the Northern parts of Germany, the largest production area of organic potatoes nationwide, there were rainfalls of more than 100 liters per square meter two weeks ago, ...
7/18/2017

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The US wants to export its potatoes to Mexico

US potato producers began lobbying for Mexico to effectively open its doors to US exports in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). ?United States Potato ...
7/18/2017

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UK: Scarborough borough council approves McCain plant expansion

Scarborough Borough Council has formally recommended approval of McCain Foods? GBP100m expansion plans to renew its Scarborough production facility. The frozen food production company, ...
7/18/2017

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US: A chat with National Potato Council Public Policy VP, Kam Quarles

Kam Quarles joined the National Potato Council in December as Vice President of Public Policy. He distinguishing himself with seven years at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, was with United ...
7/18/2017

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UK: Putting spuds on the SPot

SCOTLAND?S Strategic Potato Farm (SPot) is getting ready to reveal its full trials programme to the potato industry at its next Open Day. Organised via AHDB, the nationwide SPot Farms ...
7/18/2017

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US: Potandon is ?one-stop shop for foodservice potatoes and onions?

Potandon Produce LLC, which is headquartered in Idaho Falls, ID, has ?the largest dedicated supply base in the industry? for potatoes and onions, ?with shipping locations in all key ...
7/16/2017

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Peru: Potatoes, the ?real gold? of the Incas

The humble potato is known the world over, but native Peruvian varieties can look quite a bit different than most of us are used to. Some are red or blue, others are long and skinny. ...
7/16/2017

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Natural antioxidant made from rosemary extract to extend potato chips shelf life

Potato chips? shelf life can be doubled with a new 100% natural antioxidant made from rosemary extract produced by ingredient specialist Kancor. Rosemary extracts are used to naturally ...
7/15/2017

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Australia: Spud growers face ?perfect storm?

Potato growers in the region are bracing for a ?perfect storm?, with farmers warned to be alert for signs of disease after a new bacteria was recently detected. The detection of dickeya ...
7/15/2017

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Japan?s potato supply rebounding after typhoons caused slump

Japan?s potato supply is rebounding ? with wholesale and retail prices falling ? thanks to solid shipments from secondary producing regions starting in the spring. Potato stocks are ...
7/14/2017

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Canada: Acreage low, stewardship high for GMO potatoes

This year?s Canadian acreage of J.R. Simplot?s genetically engineered Innate potato will be ?very small? to non-existent, according to a company spokesperson. Kerwin Bradley, director ...
7/14/2017

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McDonald?s is testing out fries covered in cheese and bacon

Fries with stuff on top? Delicious stuff like cheese and sauce and more cheese? Brilliant. For years, we?ve only been able to get loaded fries from specialist burger and fries establishments, ...
7/14/2017

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Organic Produce Summit: Launch of organic single wrapped microwaveable potato

Fresh Solutions Network announces that it will be launching its new Side Delights Farmer?s Table Organic Russet single wrapped, microwaveable potato ? a line extension to the Farmer?s ...
7/14/2017

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Researchers develop low cost sensor to detect rot in potato storage facilities

In Idaho, potatoes are both a humble stereotype and a half-billion dollar crop. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, every spring farmers plant more than 320,000 acres of ...
7/14/2017

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Blogger reveals inconsistencies in study on fried potatoes and mortality

On July 5th, author and food blogger, Marion Nestle, posted a blog report that pointed out inconsistencies in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on the ...
7/11/2017

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Research evaluates how ?vadose zone? affects runoff water

Cody Ross, a member of the Watershed Systems Research Program at the University of Manitoba in Canada, is measuring water flow in a part of the soil called the vadose zone. Although ...
7/11/2017

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Colombia: Potato sector asks government to accept their anti-dumping suit

This week the Colombian government will determine whether they will accept the anti-dumping suit filed by the potato sector in the face of massive imports of potatoes that have put ...
7/11/2017

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UK: Potato farmers SPot the difference as AHDB?s cutting-edge techniques become commercial reality

More than 120 farmers and agricultural professionals were at the Elveden Estate on Thursday, July 6, to look at how cutting-edge research was making a difference to its potato growing ...
7/10/2017

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US: Northwest potato crop slightly late, but promising

Washington and Oregon potato growers have been slowed slightly by a wet winter and spring. But so far, the crops appear to be worth the wait. Washington growers planted 170,000 acres ...
7/10/2017

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Canada: Case study reveals how to reduce potato waste by increasing quality

As part of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association?s (OPMA) food waste reduction initiative, Value Chain Management International (VCMI) worked with EarthFresh Foods and growers ...
7/10/2017

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US: Fast food makes its biggest change since the drive-thru

Restaurants often lag other industries in adopting new technology, lacking the time or budget for massive digital overhauls. But as industry sales have slowed recently, smartphone ...
7/10/2017

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Canada: Optimistic outlook for potato crop in 2017

Strong pricing, stable contract volumes and a low dollar help provide an optimistic outlook for the Canadian potato crop this season. Potato growers in Canada enjoyed a banner year ...
7/7/2017

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Report: ?Potato cartel forced Americans to pay higher prices for their fries?

US potato-grower cooperatives in the early 2000?s deployed drones and scanned satellite images as they colluded to reduce the amount of potatoes grown across the country in an effort ...
7/7/2017

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Simplot reportedly applied to bring ?GM potato products? into New Zealand

According to a report published today by NZFarmer.co.nz, ?A United States company has applied to export genetically modified potato products into New Zealand, but mystery remains as ...
7/7/2017

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Why are crisps SO addictive?

Britain is a nation of crisp (chip) fanatics, consuming about six billion packets a year. That?s one ton of crisps every three minutes, or nearly 100 packets per person ? more, it ...
7/7/2017

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Embattled Western Australian potato growers face new bio-security threat after Dickeya found

An aggressive bacteria that attacks potatoes has been found in Australia for the first time. Dickeya dianthicola can cause significant production losses in crops by causing diseases ...
7/7/2017

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New Oceasoft software brings real time alerts to temperature monitors

OCEASOFT, a company with offices in France and the US, is dealing in wireless monitoring solutions for temperature-sensitive goods, announced the release of OCEAlert, their new solution ...
7/5/2017

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US: McDonald?s installs kiosks instead of workers

The next time you head up to the counter to order a Big Mac and some fries, don?t be surprised if there?s something missing: a smiling face. McDonald?s is reportedly moving away from ...
7/5/2017

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Northern Ireland: Great weather for spuds sees harvest arrive fortnight early

Northern Ireland?s main crop potatoes are being harvested two weeks ahead of schedule after a year of perfect growing conditions. The favourable conditions also contributed to an overall ...
7/5/2017

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Italy: New systems modify irrigation depending on the weather

Scarabelli irrigazione and Consorzio Agrario Adriatico have developed a solution that connects the irrigation system to local weather stations so as to plan interventions according ...
7/4/2017

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