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US: Tasteful Selections adds new flavor to the Take and Shake line

Tasteful Selections?, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., is pleased to announce the release of a new flavor in their Tasteful Selections Take & Shake? line: Cheddar Cheese. Cheddar ...
4/12/2017

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Canadian farmers to plant GM potatoes in 2017

Industry experts believe 2017 will be the year J.R. Simplot Company's genetically modified potatoes will begin being planted in Canada. ?Other than plot-sized production, there was ...
4/12/2017

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Indian government agrees to procure 100,000tn of potatoes

The Union Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday approved the procurement of potatoes under the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) in Uttar Pradesh for 2016-17. According to a release, a maximum ...
4/12/2017

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US Senator receives over 2,000 potatoes in the mail

Senator Ron Johnson got an unwelcome surprise when he received 2,000 potatoes in the mail. The culprit was the Cards Against Humanity team, creators of a popular card game who are ...
4/12/2017

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Japanese crisp companies reduce product offerings due to spud shortage

A shortage of potatoes from Hokkaido has meant that snack food makers Calbee Inc. and Koikeya Inc. have been forced to stop the sale of some of their potato chip brands. The spud shortage ...
4/12/2017

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Spain: Increased demand for new potatoes greater than production growth

Next week will be marked by the arrival of the first early potatoes in Seville, following the start of the harvest of the extra-early potatoes of Malaga. "The weather conditions have ...
4/12/2017

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'Supply of early potatoes from Cyprus scarce for a while'

?The early season for potatoes can be compared to previous years, broadly speaking. There are some differences. For example, prices are slightly higher, and Cyprus started later. They ...
4/12/2017

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Potato pilot project showing results in Guyana

A 90-day Irish potato trial project is currently underway in Guyana and, on its eight week, is now showing some positive results. This comes from a cooperation between the Natioinal ...
4/10/2017

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US: Potato Field Day Set to Dig Up Solutions for Florida Farmers

o showcase and discuss the latest developments in production and crop protection, the UF/IFAS Hastings Agricultural Extension Center will host its annual Potato Field Day at its Cowpen ...
4/10/2017

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Pom?Alliance and Pomuni join forces

Pom?Alliance and Pomuni will join forces to achieve synergies and to have their complementary activities in the fresh potato sector. Both companies signed mutual cooperation agreements ...
4/10/2017

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Requirements of crisp factories make washing potatoes a necessity

Thomas Thuillier from French cooperative Chipex has noticed that the requirements of crisp factories are becoming ever higher. The company supplies about 100,000 tonnes of potatoes ...
4/10/2017

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LaJoie & Davenport Appointed To Lead Potatoes USA Industry Outreach Committee

Jay LaJoie of Van Buren, Maine and Jason Davenport of Arvin, California were appointed to the Potatoes USA Executive Committee on March 16, 2017, at the organization?s 45th Annual ...
4/10/2017

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McCain South Africa increases water efficiency to combat drought

The impact of South Africa's drought on local farmers, producers, and consumers have been immense with a significant impact on agricultural yields, quality and price. This is forcing ...
4/7/2017

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Michigan potato growers embrace sustainable farming

In order to preserve Michigan's potato industry, which contributes approximately $550 million annually to the state?s economy, producers in the state are focusing on bettering management ...
4/7/2017

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Spot Farm Scotland trials show benefits of reduced cultivation depths

Commercial trials carried out at AHDB?s Strategic Potato (Spot) Farm in Perthshire have shown that reducing cultivation depths can lower input costs while maintaining or increasing ...
4/7/2017

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Spain: Government working to allow return of Canary potatoes to the EU

The Government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment are doing "everything they can so that Canary potatoes can be exported again to the territory of the ...
4/7/2017

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US: Potato promotions pivot from defense to offense

At the 2017 Potatoes USA annual meeting, in his ?The Power of Potatoes? 2017 annual meeting address, president and CEO Blair Richardson related a question he was asked at his very ...
4/3/2017

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Cros Agro Allied invests $65m in Nigeria's potato sector

Cros Agro Allied Ltd, a Nigerian agribusiness company, has announced plans to invest $65 million in Nigeria?s potato sector. In the long term, this should help create over 30,000 jobs ...
4/3/2017

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Australian ag dept may dump 5000 tons of seed potatoes to prevent outbreak

The Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food have enacted trade restrictions today, which may see over 5000 tons of seed potato discarded in an attempt to combat an outbreak ...
4/3/2017

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Disease-free potato seed key to successful crop

Starting the season with disease-free potato seed stock is the first step in establishing a good stand that will maximize yield potential. There are several diseases growers should ...
4/3/2017

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Prince Edward Island potato farmer heads Canadian ag council

Prince Edward Island potato farmer Alvin Keenan is leading a national lobbying group that represents more than 120 agricultural commodities in Canada. The organization deals with any ...
4/3/2017

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Fiji potato revitalisation program giving growers hope

In Fiji the Agriculture Ministry's potato revitalisation program is giving hope to a group of potato farmers in the Sigatoka Valley. Co-operative treasurer of the Nabaka Holding Society, ...
4/3/2017

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Grower leaders elected at Potatoes USA

The Potatoes USA grower membership elected new leadership during its Annual Meeting held in Denver, CO, March 13-16. The Potatoes USA executive committee is comprised by the chair, ...
4/3/2017

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Interseed becomes new shareholder of Breeders Trust

The seed potato breeding company Interseed Potatoes GmbH located at Wittmund Germany, recently became the newest shareholder of Breeders Trust. Breeders Trust supports its shareholders ...
3/29/2017

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Dr. Oz gives Americans permission to eat potatoes again

Fresh Solutions Network applauded the March 23rd episode of Dr. Oz ? giving American?s ?Permission to eat potatoes again? noting that potatoes are ?nutrient power houses? that surprisingly ...
3/29/2017

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Australia: Victorian potato farmers urged to remain vigilant for potato psyllid

After the Tomato Potato Psyllid was found in Western Australia horticulturists in Victoria are being urged to implement best practice biosecurity measures in order to prevent the spread ...
3/29/2017

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Farm Frites proposes 70K ton capacity potato processing factory in Argentina

Earlier this month, Farm Frites proposed a plan to establish a potato processing facility in Mar del Plata, Argentina with an annual capacity of 70.000 tonnes of finished product. ...
3/29/2017

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Spain: Castile-Leon's potato acreage could exceed 20,000 hectares

Potato planting is currently underway in Castile-Leon, although the activities have slowed down in recent days due to the low temperatures. The earliest plantings started at the beginning ...
3/29/2017

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North America: Guarding against Dickeya

With clean seed recognized as the best defence against this new blackleg-causing pathogen, the demand for Dickeya testing is growing fast. After triggering major crop losses in the ...
3/27/2017

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UK: January potato stocks reach parity with 2016 levels

GB potato stock levels at the end of January were at a similar level to the same point in 2016, despite a four-year low yield, according an AHDB survey of grower stocks. The figure ...
3/27/2017

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Egyptian potatoes imported by Syria to tackle high prices

n order to ensure that the needs of the domestic market are met and to put an end to the dramatic increase of prices caused by the Syrian crisis, a batch of 5 thousand tonnes of Egyptian ...
3/27/2017

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UK: McCain commits 100m to ?decades more? at Scarborough site

McCain Foods said it was committing itself to Yorkshire ?for decades? after it announced the investment of 100m into its Scarborough plant operation. The food production giant, which ...
3/27/2017

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Potatoes grown from Dutch seeds may save Africa from hunger

Potatoes grown from Dutch seeds yield two to four times bigger harvests for small-scale, poor farmers in East Africa than potatoes grown using local seed potatoes. As such, potatoes ...
3/27/2017

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US: NPC asks EPA to keep chlorpyrifos available

Last week National Potato Council and an alliance of organizations wrote to EPA Administrator Pruitt in support of chlorpyrifos. EPA is to decide by month's end on whether to revoke ...
3/13/2017

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US: GPS products and services add to potato growers? tool kits

GPS systems have changed production agriculture in planting, material application and harvesting, and a number of companies have come out with innovative products to better help row ...
3/13/2017

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US potato exports reach record levels in 2016

For calendar year 2016 total U.S. potato exports were up 4% to $1,726,920,330 ? the highest ever value. The volume of exports also reached a record level of 1,679,236 metric tons ...
3/13/2017

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Scotland: Potato producers dig in to cut costs and boost yields

Scotland?s tattie growers could save money and improve both their yields and income by reducing bed tillage and the depth of their de-stoning operations, a commercial-scale trial has ...
3/13/2017

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India: Pepsico buys potatoes from struggling Bengal farmers

While a number of potato growers are facing huge losses, a section of Bengal farmers is set to make money from potato cultivation after a collaborative farming arrangement with multinational ...
3/10/2017

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China predicts huge growth thanks to potatoes

China predicts huge growth thanks to potatoes, with the current Five-Year Plan recognizing the crop as one of the country?s four staple foods alongside rice, grains, and corn. The ...
3/10/2017

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Report: World Frozen Potatoes Market 2017

This study provides a strategic assessment of the Global Frozen Potatoes market. The report focuses on growth opportunities which will help the Global Frozen Potatoes industry to expand ...
3/10/2017

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Accelerating Africa's economic growth through root and tuber crops

The 13th International Symposium for the International Society for Tropical Root Crops- Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB) has kicked off in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The four day meeting (5-...
3/9/2017

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Nitrogen proves healthy for soil

An Iowa State University (ISU) report shows applying nitrogen fertilizer at certain levels to various crops helps maintain carbon in the soil, bringing a range of environmental and ...
3/9/2017

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France profits from impact of Guatemalan potato moth in Spain

Taking advantage of the impact of the Guatemalan potato moth, a very harmful pest that has settled down in the north of Galicia and part of Asturias, France is selling large volumes ...
3/9/2017

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US: GPS products and services add to potato growers? tool kits

GPS systems have changed production agriculture in planting, material application and harvesting, and a number of companies have come out with innovative products to better help row ...
3/9/2017

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Blackleg in potatoes ? Rapid haulm destruction key to blackleg control

Over the past few seasons, blackleg has been the thorn in the side of Scottish seed producers, who otherwise are producing seed of the highest quality. In recent years, levels of blackleg ...
3/9/2017

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Tomato potato psyllid: Insect found outside Perth quarantine zone on three commercial properties

In a significant blow to the vegetable industry in Western Australia the tomato potato psyllid has been found in three regional locations outside of the Perth quarantine zone. The ...
3/8/2017

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India: Potato glut, price slump lead to losses for Uttar Pradesh farmers

This Holi will not be a season of much cheer for farmers as the state faces a potato glut. Despite good crop yield, they are not even able to recover the input cost of their produce. ...
3/8/2017

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US: Tomorrow's leaders trained at 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute

The 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) provided training to 22 potato growers and industry representatives in leadership development, public policy, marketing, team bui...
3/7/2017

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Prepping problem potatoes for long-term storage

For the best chance of long-term storage success, potato tubers at harvest should be dry, disease free, and uniformly 48 to 60F. Reality is rarely so kind, however. A wide variety ...
3/7/2017

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Potatoes to take root in Cambodia

Cambodia?s eastern Mondulkiri province will become the country?s first hub for potato growing after a successful pilot project, researchers say. Cheang Hong, of the Potato Research ...
3/7/2017

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