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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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Polish Potato Association seeks to remove export restrictions

Poland is the only country in the EU where the export of potatoes is restricted, which is why it continues to be the main focus of the entire Polish industry. Up until recently the ...
8/30/2016

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A challenging year for spuds: Wet conditions, late blight are concerns

In a normal year, Minnesota and North Dakota potato growers generally want late-August rain to provide their fields with one last shot of moisture before harvest. This isn?t a normal ...
8/30/2016

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New York Chips learning new frontier of business

Since hitting shelves in January, New York Chips have been sprouting up in all sorts of locations. And Adam Marquart of Marquart Bros. LLC. said the chips soon will be popping up in ...
8/29/2016

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Canada: McCain takes a new bite out of snack time with McCain March

McCain is thrilled to introduce a satisfying new way for Canadians to snack with our game-changing McCain March lineup, coming soon to freezer aisles at grocery retailers across the ...
8/29/2016

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Canada: Ontario Potato Field Day held near Alliston

Potato farmers from across the province got together to see the latest and greatest in farming equipment technology and crop varieties at HJV Equipment?s annual Ontario Potato Field ...
8/29/2016

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UK: Potatoes ? should I stay or should I go?

Increasing specialisation in the potato sector, combined with tight margins, continues to prompt some growers to reevaluate the crop?s future. Farmers Weekly examines the issues to ...
8/29/2016

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Potatoes USA sets sights on 2017

After a fiscal year total that saw Denver-based Potatoes USA become the largest private sector donor of salad bars in the Let?s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, the organization ...
8/29/2016

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US: Wisconsin potato crop to be very strong

All signs are positive for another strong season for the Wisconsin potato industry. Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, said ...
8/29/2016

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UK: Potato sprout suppressant limits cut again this autumn

The maximum limit for a key sprout suppressant has been further reduced for the coming spud storage season, farmers are being warned. This reduction is part of the gradual annual reduction ...
8/29/2016

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Pressure bruise management aided by texture analysis

Pressure flattening in stored potatoes is a cause of significant economic losses for Colorado potato growers. Pressure flattening occurs as the tuber surface becomes depressed or flattened ...
8/19/2016

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Potato Storage: Hotel or Hospital?

The U.S. potato industry estimates losses during storage at right around 7 percent. Much of this is due to lost water, which is one of the reasons that high relative humidity (RH) ...
8/19/2016

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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 ...
8/19/2016

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Canada: P.E.I. Potato board wants to grow yields and markets

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is working with Cavendish Farms and the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture to grow potato yields and markets while also improving the environmental ...
8/19/2016

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Algerian potato exporters wait for days at Tunisian border

Algerian potato exporters are being forced to wait for days at the Tunisian border crossing point of Tebessa. Although all the legal procedures are being followed by the exporters, ...
8/19/2016

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UK: Brexit pesticide hopes dashed

Any lingering hopes a vote for Brexit would make British growers immune from Europe?s list of banned agrochemicals were dashed at Potatoes in Practice by SRUC consultant Dr Stuart ...
8/18/2016

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UK: Potato event showcased latest industry developments

The Potatoes in Practice event held near Dundee, Scotland, showcased the latest industry breakthroughs in breeding, pest and disease control, storage and marketing. Journalists for ...
8/18/2016

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Belgium?s family potato business vital force in land of fries

Potatoes are the second largest cultivated crop in Belgium and a key ingredient in Belgian cuisine. It?s the base of the world-famous French fries, and is considered by Belgians as ...
8/17/2016

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Argentina offers prospects for Dutch seed potato exporters

The political revolution in Argentina gives the economy a boost. The Dutch agricultural sector could definitely profit from it. Willem Aalders of Latam Produce states this on the eve ...
8/17/2016

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AVR demonstrates ?All Conditions Control? option for Puma 3 at Potato Europe

When youre dealing with wet clay soil, for example, instead of the normal front-end you can opt for the All Conditions Control (ACC). This front-end enables you to dig up the potatoes ...
8/17/2016

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Jamaica: JSIF allocates $19 million to boost production of potato seedlings

Jamaica?s capacity to produce clean Irish potato seedlings has been enhanced with a $19-million allocation from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). Under the programme, the ...
8/17/2016

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Croatia: Low potato prices destroying producers

Consumers say that local potatoes should not be more expensive than German or French potatoes. Croatian farmers must set aside 40 percent more money for seed, fertilizers and other ...
8/16/2016

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Canada: Manitoba potato growers, gardeners need to scout for late blight

Manitoba gardeners need to scout for late blight in their tomatoes and potatoes ? not just to protect themselves, but the provinces?s 64,500 acres of commercial potato production. ...
8/16/2016

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Kenya: 15,000 farmers get new potato seed

Meru County Government has launched an initiative seeking to empower 15,000 potato farmers to shift from subsistence to commercial farming by using good seeds for planting. Deputy ...
8/16/2016

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Study reveals true cost of developing GMO potatoes

A recent study has revealed that the cost of developing GM potato varieties is in fact not that much more than for conventionally-bred varieties. The study published in the International ...
8/16/2016

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Myanmar offers opportunities for Dutch potato businesses

Frederik Heijink is agricultural counsellor in Myanmar since summer 2016. This country has the potential to be an agricultural superpower in Southeast Asia ? again. He sees a lot of ...
8/16/2016

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Canada: New initiative designed to boost yields and profits for Prince Edward Island process growers

The P.E.I. government, P.E.I. Potato Board, Cavendish Farms and its process growers have all teamed up for a new three-year initiative designed to increase yields and profits. Money ...
8/16/2016

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Northern Ireland: Potentially poor potato harvest

The new potatoes season is getting off to a slow start, mainly down to unfavourable growing conditions and the cold wet summer weather. ?Spring was late so we were later planting, ...
8/15/2016

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Program for Promoting the Development of the Potato Industry in Asia

David Thompson, president of World Potato Congress Inc (WPC) and Dr. Barbara Wells, director general of The International Potato Centre (CIP ? Peru), have recently signed a Letter ...
8/15/2016

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Canada: Three PEI potato industry partners launch agronomy initiative

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board, Cavendish Farms, and the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are excited to announce the creation of the Enhanced Agronomy Initiative. ...
8/15/2016

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UK: Delay?s in potato planting bring price to record high

Tight supplies of last year?s potato crop and delays in planting this year?s are factors behind the AHDB Weekly Average Price Survey (WAPS) price being the highest ever recorded at ...
8/15/2016

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'Buy local' marketing gives grower-shippers a boost

'Buy local' has been a running theme for San Luis Valley potato growers and shippers in the last couple of years. In fact, with the peaks and valleys of fuel prices resembling the ...
8/15/2016

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UK: Meet Tyrrells tycoon William Chase, who turned misshapen potatoes into a multi-million pound fortune

Multi-millionaire potato farmer William Chase is the man behind Tyrrells crisps, but the 55-year-old?s journey to business success was never easy. The crisp connoisseur overcame plenty ...
8/15/2016

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Soil mapping drone on its way from Canada to Australia to help potato growers

Drone technology being used to map soil type and quality in Canadian potato crops will be available in Australia by the end of the year. The industry-based, not-for-profit body ViCSPA ...
8/13/2016

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Tyrrells crisps sold for 300m

UK crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has been bought by US snacks firm Amplify in a 278 million deal. The company?s products include potato and vegetable crisps and ?poshcorn? premium popcorn. ...
8/13/2016

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Potato Pathology and Pests Section Meeting 2016 takes place in Scotland

The European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) organizes in Dundee Scotland, a scientific meeting named ?Pathology and Pests Section Meeting 2016?, August 7-11. The program contains ...
8/13/2016

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Certification depends on being able to measure up

You cannot manage what you cannot measure, says US seed potato certification expert Willem Schrage. Dr Schrage, who works with seed agencies in Minnesota and North Dakota, said there ...
8/12/2016

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RPE?s Organic Potato Program continues to expand

Organic produce is in record-high demand, selling more than $11 billion worth in 2015 alone. To meet the demand, RPE, Inc., has been continually expanding its organic program. As more ...
8/12/2016

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Potato psyllid alert in North Dakota and Minnesota

North Dakota State University Extension Service has declared a potato psyllid alert in North Dakota and Minnesota potato fields. The pests have been spotted in western and central ...
8/12/2016

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University of Idaho to partner with the International Potato Center (CIP) in Peru

University of Idaho officials are negotiating a deal with the International Potato Center in Peru, in hopes of getting access to the center?s vast potato gene bank. More than 4,000 ...
8/12/2016

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New potato products recently launched worldwide

Potato manufacturers are competing in launching new products and PotatoBusiness made a research through the latest assortments announced, with a focus on healthy and savory. Nathan?s ...
8/12/2016

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UK: Retailer recognition is lifting potatoes from the doldrums

Consumer concern over carbohydrates has often worked to the detriment of the potato sector despite the product being a staple of the traditional British evening meal. But, buoyed by ...
8/9/2016

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New report: Global potato starch market

MRS Research Group added a new research report on ?Global Potato Starch Market 2016 Market Share,Size,Trends and Forecast to 2022? to its database. Prepared by the team of experts ...
8/8/2016

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US: Customers flock to "Mcdonald's Of The Future", serves unlimited fries

A location in Missouri opened their doors on Thursday, with services that include self-serve kiosks for ordering meals and table service, and the highly sought out for option of unlimited ...
8/8/2016

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Canada: Alliston potato vodka distillery to be ?showpiece? for industry, says owner

A special delivery arrived for Ken Beattie just in time for Potato Festival. Friday morning (Aug. 5), the first of two distillery tanks arrived at Beattie?s 13th Line property in Alliston, ...
8/7/2016

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