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US: ?Potato Woman for All Seasons? awarded

New York state?s Melanie Wickham has been awarded the 2017 Potato Woman for All Seasons by The Packer and Farm Journal publications. The Packer?s Tom Karst presented the award to Wickham ...
1/16/2018

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European Potato Trade Association welcomes new Communication & Policy Advisor

The European Potato Trade Association (Europatat) is pleased to announce the appointment of Berta Redondo Benito as the new Communication & Policy Advisor of the association, with ...
1/15/2018

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The importance of potassium management in potato production

Potatoes use more potassium than any other nutrient, including nitrogen. Potassium is required for nutrient movement in the potato plant. It is essential for the makeup of over 40 ...
1/15/2018

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Expert report: Potatoes optimal for improving performance among endurance athletes

A report about high-quality carbohydrates and physical performance was recently released in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrition Today. The report focuses on commentary that took place ...
1/14/2018

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Nematology expert discusses management practices for corky ringspot in potatoes

In a video aimed at helping potato growers, the Plant Management Network has released a presentation by Michigan State University professor of nematology George W. Bird on management ...
1/14/2018

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?Supermarket Guru? told Potato Expo attendees to keep up with consumer trends

Keeping up with consumer trends and the breakneck pace of technology may not be easy but it is necessary to thrive, Phil Lempert told 2018 Potato Expo attendees. Lempert, known as ...
1/13/2018

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Japan now has french fry ice cream sundaes?

Japanese fast food chain First Kitchen has a bit of an image problem, in that it really doesn?t have much of an image. First Kitchen is often so low-key that it?s easy to overlook ...
1/13/2018

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Research finding: When pests graze certain potatoes, yields double

When some Colombian potato varieties are lightly grazed by a pest, the plants respond by growing larger tubers, at times doubling their yields. Although many types of plants can repair ...
1/13/2018

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Smart B2B networking platform launched for the potato industry in the Netherlands

BizVibe, a smart B2B networking platform for global B2B buyers and suppliers, announced today the next generation of its B2B networking platform for the potato market in the Netherlands. ...
1/12/2018

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Governor?s proposed budget excludes funding for new Idaho seed potato facility

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter?s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget does not include the $3 million in state funds for a new nuclear seed potato facility sought by the University of Idaho?s ...
1/12/2018

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UK: Burts Potato Chips snaps up popcorn maker

UK-based Burts Potato Chips is making strides towards its goal of being a leader in snacking with the acquisition of popcorn business Savoury & Sweet Ltd. This is the first acquisition ...
1/12/2018

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South Africa: Water shortages could constrain potato plantings

Severe drought conditions are affecting potato plantings in the southern parts of South Africa. Only about a third of the usual plantings in the Koue Bokkeveld (Ceres area) will realise ...
1/12/2018

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Kenya: Potato farmers turn to growing contracts to earn more money, get better seed

According to a report by AllAfrica.com, Kenyan potato farmers are increasingly turning to production contracts with food processors in a system known as contract farming through the ...
1/10/2018

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Germany: Potato ?Premieres and Innovations? to feature at Fruit Logistica 2018

Trade visitors can start gearing up for the Fruit Logistica event, taking place from February, 7-9, in Berlin, Germany, with ?Spotlight ? Premieres and Innovations at Fruit Logistica ...
1/10/2018

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US: Will Taco Bell?s new Nacho Fries affect the french fry supply?

When ordering tacos from a food service outlet, the last thing you might expect would be this phrase: ?Would you like fries with that?? Yet, on Jan. 25, across the nation, diners at ...
1/10/2018

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Scotland: Albert Bartlett potato firm sees profits hit by price pressures

Sales at potato firm Albert Bartlett have climbed 18 per cent to 146m, but operating profit was again impacted by price pressures in the supply chain. In accounts newly filed with ...
1/9/2018

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US: Dieffenbach?s Potato Chips launches ?Its Good To Be Ugly? campaign to reduce waste and fight hunger

Dieffenbach?s Potato Chips Inc. announced yesterday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show the ?It?s Good to be Ugly? campaign aimed at Reducing Waste and Fighting Hunger. Dieffenbach?s introduced ...
1/9/2018

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China intends to grow potatoes on the dark side of the moon by the end of the year

The moon has been neglected for far too long, and China seems keen on moving fast to cover all the lost lunar ground. The nation?s ambitious space program, among other things, is set ...
1/9/2018

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Bioinsecticide a sustainable solution for organic control of insects

BioCeres WP is an insect-pathogenic bioinsecticide that makes use of the Beauveria bassiana fungus. This fungus strain is naturally occurring in Canada. BioCeres WP is approved for ...
1/8/2018

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Potatoes USA Seed Export Program underway for 2018

Efforts are underway to plant field trials of U.S. seed varieties in Myanmar, Morocco and Guatemala in early 2018. Potatoes USA purchases U.S. seed potatoes from U.S. growers in multiple ...
1/8/2018

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Potato industry?s biggest annual event kicks off this week in Orlando

This week more than 2,000 growers, suppliers, and experts will converge at the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry held in North America. Potato Expo 2018 kicks ...
1/8/2018

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Upcoming event: Idaho Potato Conference and Ag Expo

The 50th annual University of Idaho Extension Potato Conference is an agricultural based trade show and will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 17 and 18 in the ISU Pond Student ...
1/8/2018

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Scientists eye potato starch as bio-based solution for paints and varnishes

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, are ldeveloping ...
1/7/2018

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Canada: Grimme and Spudnik introduce new potato harvester

Big red Grimme potato harvesters are anything but a common sight here in Canada, but spud growers will likely recognize the name of one of Grimme?s brand subsidiaries, U.S.-based Spudnik, ...
1/7/2018

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Northern Germany: ?Wet fields, late crops and mouldy tubers?

Potato traders in northern Germany look back on 2017 with mixed feelings. Although yields were sufficient to meet demand, the quality of stored potatoes is in part poor. At Lnekartoffel-Vertrieb ...
1/6/2018

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A potato in the mail: ?Text-a-Potato? expands into themed potato gifts

British based ?Text-A-Potato? is a business that sends personalised, hand written messages on potatoes to anyone in the UK and select European countries. Yes, you read that correctly. ...
1/6/2018

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Lamb Weston President expects growth in french fry demand ?to continue in foreseeable future?

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced today its second quarter 2018 results and updated its outlook for fiscal 2018. ?Our second quarter and first half results were solid,? said Tom ...
1/6/2018

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Smart panels and irrigation monitoring: A perfect pair

Why pair up smart panels and irrigation monitoring? Well, in short, it?s the same reason any pair is formed ? to help consumers save resources by increasing product efficiency. If ...
1/5/2018

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Tips for applying nutrients to a potato crop

Potato Grower magazine, published in the US, takes a look at the six most significant nutrients needed by commercially produced potatoes, as well as some?known as micronutrients?needed ...
1/5/2018

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World Potato Congress announces new President and CEO

World Potato Congress Inc. announces Mr. Romain Cools as new President and CEO, as David Thompson steps down from this position. After 17 years on the World Potato Congress Board of ...
1/5/2018

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New bio-fungicide shows strong performance against white molds and soil diseases

Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), based in the US, recently announced the launch and availability of a high-performance and cost-effective biological fungicide, Amplitude?, in the 2018 ...
1/4/2018

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Managing weight loss in potato storages

According to Nora Olsen and Mary Jo Frazier at the University of Idaho, what isn?t as easy to see is the amount of weight loss, or shrinkage, that is occurring in storage. Stored potatoes ...
1/3/2018

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The science behind why chip bags are mostly air

Packaging engineers have studied that it is important to have slack fill in chips bags for two essential reasons: protection during shipping and preservation of product quality. And ...
1/3/2018

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Canada: New herbicide for broad-spectrum control of weeds in potatoes

Bayer has announced the launch of Sencor STZ, a powerful and innovative new herbicide for broad-spectrum control of all major annual grass and broadleaf weeds in potatoes. According ...
1/3/2018

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McCain company executive makes predictions for future of potato industry

While he maintains there will be a market for potatoes well into the future, Ghislain Pelletier predicts the future of the industry will bear little resemblance to the past. The global ...
12/29/2017

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Idaho spud growers co-op says McCain contract is small potatoes

Idaho farmers who raise potatoes for making frozen fries fear a contract being offered by a Canadian food manufacturer could quash their chances of earning better profits in 2018 and ...
12/28/2017

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Australia?s ?Big Potato? is up for sale

We know that it?s Christmas and your bank accounts are getting a little dusty, but you guys? The Big Potato is up for sale. Living in the shadow of other large monuments like The Big ...
12/27/2017

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South Korea re-opens market for potatoes from Idaho, Washington and Oregon

The South Korean government announced the reopening of its market for table-stock potatoes from the Pacific Northwest states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The market had been closed ...
12/27/2017

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Hershey goes beyond chocolate with acquisition of Tyrrell?s potato chips, SkinnyPop

Hershey Co. is expanding further beyond chocolate, agreeing to buy the owner of SkinnyPop popcorn and Tyrrell?s potato chips for $921 million. The U.S. candy giant agreed to buy Amplify ...
12/27/2017

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US: $105,000 grant will fund research into rotation crops for potato growers

A more than $100,000 grant will fund a project that to explore potential rotation crops for potato growers in the state, according to the Maine Potato Board. Jake Dyer, agronomist ...
12/27/2017

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Support available to visit 10th World Potato Congress for delegates of developing countries

Delegates to the 10th World Potato Congress from developing and transitional countries may qualify for financial support from World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC Inc.). David Thompson, ...
12/27/2017

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Lamb Weston announces $250 million investment in additional fry line

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced an expansion of french fry processing capacity in North America and an increase in its quarterly dividend. ?The french fry category has been growing ...
12/27/2017

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China?s potato production to rebound; demand for french fries and chips stronger

As the largest potato producer in the world, China?s 2017/18 fresh potato production is forecast at 97 million metric tons (MMT), due to an expansion of potato area. During the 2016/17 ...
12/20/2017

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US: Cape Cod Potato Chip?s parent company sold in billion-dollar deal

Campbell Soup Co. announced on Monday it will buy Snyder?s-Lance Inc., the Charlotte-based parent company of Cape Cod Potato Chips, in an all-cash deal valued at $4.87 billion. The ...
12/20/2017

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New insights into potato blight open the door to biological protection

A team of international researchers headed by scientists from the University of Tbingen has deciphered the workings of a cytolytic toxin, which is produced by some of the world?s ...
12/20/2017

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UK: NFU calls for better communication in potato sector

Potato packers and processors can drive the sector forward by communicating better with growers about how they can improve their crop, according to a new report by the NFU. Following ...
12/19/2017

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Indian delegation to participate in 10th World Potato Congress

Indian authorities are looking to partake in the 10 World Potato Congress. Today, India ranks as the world?s third largest potato producing nation, with production in 2017 of around ...
12/19/2017

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Researchers deliver first-ever food potato genomes

NRGene, an Israeli company specializing in genomic assembly and analysis, is working with a team of researchers from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands and leading ...
12/19/2017

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Idaho Russet potato market edges tighter

The Russet potato market in Idaho is edging tighter as supplies become stretched. Yields are moderately down in the region, with the State of Idaho issuing a report that indicates ...
12/18/2017

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US: Washington State Potato Commission bringing excitement to the industry

There are three primary roles the Washington State Potato Commission plays in assisting its potato growers, but according to Chris Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake, WA-based ...
12/18/2017

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