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Leading starch manufacturer to build plant in Ukraine

At the end of October, starch manufacturer VPP ?Vimal? will open a new plant on the outskirts of Chernihiv, Ukraine. Launching a new company will increase the production capacity of the company more than ten times. The new plant will have a capacity of about 1200 tones of potatoes per day. The company carries out construction by one of its divisions ? ?Vimal-Spetsbud?. The new plant will be equipped with the company Larsen?s machines: this is reported by the magazine ?Offer? with reference to the director of the firm Sergei Samonenko. The company will produce starch that meets European standards, and will be certified by the world?s leading advanced quality management systems and product safety.
10/7/2017

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National Potato Day in Ireland: Consumers urged to choose Irish potatoes

National Potato Day takes place in Ireland today, Friday, October 6. IFA (Irish Farmers? Association) President Joe Healy has called on consumers and retailers to support the Irish potato sector. ?It is a very important indigenous industry worth ?85 million at farm gate, with 500 growers planting almost 9,000ha annually,? he said. IFA Potato Committee Chairman Eddie Doyle insisted: ?Retailers recognise and respect the massive investments potato growers have made in machinery and cold storage, to ensure a continuous 12-month supply of Irish product. The chairman urged consumers to choose Irish potatoes ahead of other imported produce ? in addition to making a healthy food choice they would also be supporting vital jobs in the rural economy, he said.
10/6/2017

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From zero to hero: Increasing potato waste value 10,000-fold

The least valuable part of potato residue that currently goes to landfill could increase in value 10,000-fold, say the Danish researchers transforming them into natural additives. The aim of the project, which is being coordinated by Technical University of Denmark, is to develop tools that scan potato residues for protein sequences with properties that could be used to produce additives. These proteins could be used to make a range of natural food additives from preservatives and flavouring agents to emulsifiers, the researchers said. Currently, however, many of them are being used for low-value animal feed or simply being thrown out as waste. One of the challenges will be to develop an extraction process that is cost efficient and effective.
10/6/2017

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TV drama leaves British viewers shocked by reality of Great Irish Famine

Last night?s episode of ITV drama Victoria left many of its viewers shocked as it concentrated on the reality of the Great Irish Famine. Although this period of history is covered by the British education system, many viewers were shocked to hear the extent of the suffering borne by Irish people during this horrific time. The famine began in 1845 when blight destroyed the potato crop, it has been estimated that one million people died during the four-year famine and a further two million emigrated from the country.
10/3/2017

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Snowvalley and Aviko teamed up with Tomra for construction of new potato processing plant in China

SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group have decided to once again team up with their long-term processing partner TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art French fry processing facility. Both SnowValley and Aviko listed sustainability, quality and processing efficiency as an integral part of their business strategies, and echoing this vision, the 1.2bn RMB (?151m) joint venture aims to deliver the highest standard of potato products to the premium segment of the Chinese French fry market. The new potato processing facility, located at Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China, will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 tons and is expected to be completed by September 2018.
10/3/2017

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US: Spud breeders focus on PCN-resistant russets

A project underway in Aberdeen, Idaho, aims to develop russet potatoes with resistance to pale cyst nematode, while identifying new molecular markers associated with resistance. Researchers with the local potato breeding program harvested a special block of first-year clones on Sept. 29, screened for their ability to help the industry cope with potato cyst nematode. The block contained a half dozen plants from each of 223 breeding clones resulting from crosses of Western Russet and Eden, a round Scottish variety with known resistance to potato cyst nematode.
10/3/2017

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US: Food service professionals tour Idaho potato harvest

Twice each week, Egan Click, with Sysco Corp. in Chicago, inspects 100,000-pound rail loads of Idaho potatoes to make certain they meet customers? size and quality specifications. But Click acknowledges that prior to participating in an Idaho Potato Commission-sponsored harvest tour, he didn?t fully appreciate the ?unbelievable? process Idaho growers, packers and shippers follow to meet the standards associated with their state?s seal. Click was among the 28 professionals within the growing food service category IPC included in a Sept. 26-29 tour. Participants representing major potato markets such as Illinois, California, Texas and New York toured potato harvest, a fresh packing operation, a dehydrated potato plant and a frozen potato processing plant.
10/2/2017

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Spain: Potato prices below production cost

On Wednesday 27 September, potato prices in Leon were oscillating between 40 and 90 Euro per tonne, depending on the variety. This means that, compared to the previous campaign, the price has dropped by about 80%, since on 28 September 2016 it stood at an average of 300 Euro per tonne. Also, the current price can be considered to stand below the production costs, which are estimated to amount to approximately 100 Euro per tonne. This season, the province of Leon has planted 1,527 hectares, practically the same as in the previous campaign, when the acreage reached 1,600 hectares.
10/2/2017

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Scotland: Mounting frustration over potato harvest

Seed tattie growers and traders are facing mounting frustration as wet weather continues to interrupt the harvest across Scotland. It may still be early days and no major damage to crops is being reported, but soggy ground conditions are now posing serious challenges for producers in many areas. Traders say crops are holding up well in the ground and quality is almost universally good, with yields being reported as average or slightly above average. Levy body AHDB also reports that previous fears of blackleg are now dying down and levels of scab remain low. However there is a huge contrast in lifting conditions across the country.
10/2/2017

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Potatoes USA calls for communication on upcoming research efforts

Ahead of the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) publishing its fiscal year 2018 request for pre-applications, two industry leaders are calling for those in the research community to publish their plans to seek funding from the SCRI. In a letter, Chairman of the Potato Research Advisory Committee Steve Gangwish and Director of Research at Potatoes USA Ryan Krabill urged those in the potato research community to alert the industry of pending SCRI proposals or plans for an SCRI proposal. They wrote that there is an effort currently underway to develop the foundation for a soil health proposal specific to the potato industry, likely through SCRI.
10/1/2017

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Canada: Potato production expected to be down in western Prince Edward Island

The general manager of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board is anticipating this year?s potato harvest to ramp up next week. Greg Donald said the harvest has barely started with a limited supply to fresh pack, chip plant and process markets so far, but that? s about to change. Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) family farms, the board notes, produce as much as 25 per cent of the Canadian potato crop. The Island?s potato industry creates an economic impact of an estimated $1.065 billion, the board notes, and employs, directly or indirectly, 12 per cent of the Island?s workforce. The potato crop in most areas of the province were impacted by dry conditions throughout July, and those conditions persisted in August, especially in western P.E.I., he said.
10/1/2017

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Major Dutch potato companies and organizations establish new research association

Ten Dutch potato companies as well as organizations have established a new association: Holland Innovative Potato (HIP), with the goal to facilitate research which leads to higher quality, yield and efficiency in the cultivation, transport and processing of the potato. The partnership also aims to provide insight in the genetics related to stable economic yield and quality. The members of HIP are Avebe, Aviko, Farm Frites, McCain, Lamb Weston Meijer, PepsiCo, Bejo, HZPC, Meijer and Solynta and the two trade organizations NAO (trade) and VAVI (processors).
9/29/2017

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Rebound in UK potato sowings to end, says Produce Investments

The bounce in UK potato plantings looks poised to go into reverse, Produce Investments said, as it unveiled results showing a recovery in profits, and an appetite for further expanding from its core business in the root crop. Angus Armstrong, the Produce Investments chief executive, told Agrimoney.com that his ?gut feeling? for UK potato sowings for the 2018 harvest was that they would ?show a slight decline?. That would follow sowings growth of 4% in both 2016 and 2017.
9/29/2017

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Belgium aims to export more frozen potato fries to Malaysia

According to a report by New Straits Times, Belgium hopes to ship in more frozen potato fries to Malaysia, collaborating with restaurateurs and fast food operators in the country. ?Belgian chocolates are famous all over the world. Today, we?re seeking to promote Belgian fries here,? said Belgapom secretary general Romain Cools. Belgapom is the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry which promotes exports of 4.4 million tonnes of potatoes a year. ?Malaysia is a fast growing market for Belgian potatoes,? he told reporters at a media conference and cooking demo at the Food & Hotel Malaysia 2017 event held in Kuala Lumpur.
9/28/2017

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Spain: Patatas Aguilar celebrates its 50th anniversary and announces investment of 4 M? in new equipment

Last Friday, Patatas Aguilar celebrated its 50th anniversary with an event in Valencia that brought almost 250 industry people together, including employees, customers and suppliers of both table/fresh potato and seed potato companies, including representatives of the Dutch-based seed company HZPC. The celebration was attended by the Autonomous Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development in Spain, Francisco Rodrguez Mulero; including representatives of Carrefor and Consum, as well as numerous agents of the potato production sector.
9/28/2017

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New report: Global Potato Fryers Market Research Report 2017 to 2022

The newly published Global Potato Fryers Market Research Report 2017 to 2022 presents an in-depth assessment of the Potato Fryers Market including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, and more. This study answers several questions for stakeholders, primarily which market segments they should focus on during the next five years to prioritize their efforts and investments. Stakeholders include potato fryer manufacturers such as Flo-Mech, Heat and Control, JBT, Kiremko, EMA Europe, Wintech Taparia, and several others. The research includes historic data from 2012 to 2016 and forecasts until 2022.
9/28/2017

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North America: Potato Sustainability Initiative seeking an Executive Director to lead the partnership

The Potato Sustainability Initiative (PSI) in North America is seeking an Executive Director to support its growing programs into the future. Started by the National Potato Council, the Canadian Horticultural Council and a host of potato buyers, processors and growers in 2010, PSI now involves more than 500 growers, McDonald?s, Sysco, the National Potato Council, the Canadian Horticulture Council, Basic American Foods, Cavendish, Kraft Heinz, McCain Foods, Lamb Weston, Simplot and the IPM Institute of North America.
9/27/2017

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Hungary: Crisis in the domestic potato sector

While retail customers in Hungary may be delighted by the prospect of cheaper potatoes, growers are not happy about the fact that purchasers are buying potatoes at a lower price than last year, writes the Hungarian Times. In addition, there is no reason for the drop in prices, as the volume going into warehouses has been notably reduced due to the heat and the quality is far from optimal. Hungarian potato producers are not in an easy position. The hot summer and lack of rainfall have taken a negative toll on the production, so many growers will close the season with significant losses in the yield.
9/27/2017

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Ireland: Meade Potato Co to host a day in the life of a spud

As part of the Boyne Valley Food Series, Meade Potato Company are inviting customers to come and have a behind-the-scenes tour of their farm this week. Spud lovers can attend the company?s farm in Lobinstown and experience a day in the life of the spud ? from farm to bag. Friday, September 29th, visitors will be given the opportunity to see what goes into making the perfect spud, from planting to packing. They will learn all about potato varieties, environmentally responsible potato production and much more besides. Afterwards, Meade Potato Co will be treat their guests to a special Bangers & Mash Global dinner on site at the farm, which will feature sausages from the Whole Hogg and, of course, the spud.
9/27/2017

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The Netherlands: Innovative equipment for potato sprout inhibitor applications emits no CO2

In September, the new potato storage season begins in the Netherlands. An atomiser, specifically for the application of sprout inhibitors in potato storages has been designed and is manufactured by Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygine bv. The atomiser, named the Synofog, uses a new technique: electro-thermal atomisation. The advantage of this new piece of equipment is that it does not have an open flame. This ensures its safe use with all kinds of sprout inhibitors. Before the development of the Synofog, fuel engines were often used. There was an open flame, and hot airflow. This warm air is created in a different manner with this new machine.
9/27/2017

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Northern Ireland: Meet farmers with a great passion for potatoes and potato growing

It takes a certain type of soil to grow a good potato. And favourable conditions across the Causeway Coast and Glens mean the area is home to a large community of potato growers. The spud is produced on farms right across the region before ending up on shop shelves and dinner plates. James Kyle from Stranocum has been growing the vegetable since leaving school. He says it?s not an easy occupation but it?s clear he has a passion for the industry. Mark McCurdy also followed in his father?s footsteps. Now several members of his family are involved in the potato business at Whitepark Bay.
9/26/2017

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Experts reveal how you can survive a one-year potato diet

Last year, Andrew Taylor ate nothing but potatoes. The Victorian man in Australia told news.com.au in December he embarked on the extreme diet to combat his addiction to food, and he lost 50kg over 12 months. When he started, he weighed 151.7kg, and he spent his days eating deep-fried food, ice cream, cake, chocolate and pizza. ?I had a realisation I was a food addict and it got me thinking about how if you?re an alcoholic you quit alcohol, or a drug addict you quit drugs,? he said. ?You can?t quit food, but I wanted to get as close as possible and wondered if there was one particular food I could eat and potatoes came up best.?
9/26/2017

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US: Study warns of blackspot bruising potential during potato harvest

The accumulative impact of Idaho?s hot days, combined with warm evenings that failed to cool down, could result in blackspot bruising early in the harvest season, according to a recent study. The Idaho Potato Commission sponsored a study warning Idaho growers of preventative measures to avoid blackspot bruising of potatoes during the early harvest period. The study, published by University of Idaho potato researchers Mike Thornton and Nora Olsen, cited the crop?s ?extreme differences in maturity? in the first week of September as a reason of concern for blackspot bruising.
9/26/2017

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China: Potato research institute established in Xinjiang

According to a news report published by XinhuaNet, a new potato research institute was recently established in northwest China?s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The institute, co-founded by research agencies and potato companies from China and Kazakhstan, aims to increase regional exchanges aimed at the development of the potato industry in both countries. Members of the institute will develop high-quality potato varieties well suited for the environment and the market demands of consumers in Central Asia. They will also cooperate in cultivation technology and potato processing technologies.
9/25/2017

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Studies show increase of global market for processed potato products

Reports made by research companies show the increase of the global market for processed potato products. Although the increase is not high, it has been a steady one in the past three years. PotatoBusiness.com analyzed two reports regarding the potato chips market and frozen finger potato chips. The global potato chips market will grow at a CAGR of 4.58% during the period 2017-2021, according to the ?Global Potato Chips Market 2017-2021? report recently launched by Research and Markets. The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is the innovative product offerings. Manufacturers of potato chips are tapping on the heavy demand for health foods by offering chips made from healthy ingredients.
9/25/2017

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Potato Expo 2018: Have a say in the final program ? cast a vote for your favorite topics

According to the organizers of Potato Expo 2018, the event (Jan 10 ? 12, Orlando) promises to be the best yet. The organizing team says they have been inundated with high quality and insightful abstracts for presentations for the Potato Expo Innovation Hub stage ? ?so many, that we cannot accommodate them all; so, we need your help and input to select the ones that are the most important for you to manage and build your business.? Topics include potato production, research, distribution, consumption, trends and more. This is your opportunity to have a say in the final program and make Potato Expo 2018 the most important tool for your business.
9/25/2017

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First female grower appointed as Idaho Potato Commissioner

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) announced Mary Hasenoehrl of Gross Farms as the first female to represent potato growers. ?I?m looking forward to working with Mary who has a long and impressive background in farming and agriculture,? stated Frank Muir, President & CEO, IPC. ?I have no doubt her perspective and experience will help us as we build impactful marketing programs to reach our primary target audience, women ages 25-54.? Randy Hardy of Hardy Farms and Nick Blanksma of Legacy Farms were also sworn in to serve second three-year terms at the 2017 Idaho Grower Shippers Association meeting in Sun Valley.
9/25/2017

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Mexico: Zebra Chip-tolerant potatoes for the fresh market identified

Over the past few years, the potato production of US, Mexico, New Zealand and Central America has been under threat by Zebra Chip (ZC), a disease associated with the Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum bacteria, vectored by the potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli). The disease turns part of the amide in soluble sugars so, when potatoes are cooked, sugars caramelise and streaks appear. Of course ZC is currently monitored with pesticides, but sustainable defence requires the development of resistant and/or tolerant varieties. Entomologists from the University of California Riverside, together with researchers from INIFAP (Mexico), characterised four promising potato lines (246, 865, 510, NAU) exposed to Cls-positive adult psyllids and monitored the vector?s behaviour towards the plants and the effects of the bacteria on the tubers.
9/24/2017

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Belgian chip maker Roger and Roger invests $12m into Croky plant

Snack manufacturer Roger & Roger ? known for its chips ? has invested USD $12 million into its Croky plant. The investment will allow the company to push forward with more gluten-free options. More than USD $12 million is planned to be invested this year to grow the chip business in Mouscron. Roger & Roger, better known under its trademark Croky bought from a British consortium in 2004. The company in Mouscron says it holds a market share of 37%, of which 25% through ?Private Label? brands and the rest through Croky. Roger & Roger achieved a turnover of 120 million euros last year.
9/24/2017

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Great Famine memorial gets green light for Glasgow site

A site in Glasgow, integral to the prosperity of the city?s Irish community, has been given the green light for a memorial to commemorate the Great Famine and how it changed the face of the city forever. St Mary?s Church in Calton has been selected as the location for a memorial after a persistent fight and years of campaigning from members of Glasgow?s Irish community. The famine seen mass disease, starvation and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. The devastating effects of the famine killed around one million people, with one million more emigrating to flee the country?s abject poverty.
9/24/2017

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Larger potatoes in store for Colorado season

The new crop of potatoes has just commenced harvesting in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, and growers are pleased with what they are seeing. Favorable weather has helped to foster ideal conditions and potato sizes are expected to average larger than previous years. ?The new crop began in earnest in mid-September,? said Dave Yeager of Farm Fresh Direct. ?Some of the early maturing plants commenced in early September but the main crop is now underway and is expected to remain in harvest through October 15. This year, we?re expecting a good crop and the size profile is looking a little larger than normal. We?ve had a combination of good weather and decent rainfall that has enabled the crop to be healthy. The larger sizes come about from time to time and although there is no direct explanation, this year?s conditions were indeed favorable for the plants.?
9/23/2017

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Call for more potato-processing capacity: Has Grimme got the answer?

Grimme?s range of potato handling equipment has been given a boost, thanks to the new addition of the PowerCombi to its RH line-up. It will be at Agritechnica (in Germany) in November. Claimed to be operating with up to 98% efficiency and requiring only one individual to run it; the new grader has a receiving hopper with a capacity of 28m, followed by three 2.4m-wide PU (polyurethane plastic) coil separators and, finally, an optical sorter. In totality, this results in a supposed output of around 100t/hour ? a 25% increase on previous models.
9/23/2017

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Canada: McCain Foods looking for Potato Industry Research Chair

McCain Foods recently announced that the company is looking for an Potato Industry Research Chair at the Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University campus is located in Truro, Nova Scotia. The position is funded through a partnership with Potatoes New Brunswick and McCain Foods Limited. The incumbent will liaise with the potato industry through meetings and committee work, providing leadership and support in his/her areas of expertise. The Department of Engineering in the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University invites applications from qualified candidates for a full-time, five-year term faculty position in precision agriculture in potato production at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on the candidate.
9/23/2017

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Research: Whole food, purple potatoes may help prevent colon cancer

Eating purple potatoes could reduce the risk of developing colon cancer, according to a new study. Pigs fed the vegetables found levels of a damaging protein that fuels tumours and other inflammatory bowel diseases were reduced by six times. Researchers say other colorful fruits and vegetables, such as broccoli and red grapes, could bring the same beneficial effects. The study in pigs by an international team of researchers found purple fleshed potatoes suppressed the spread of colon cancer stem cells ? even as part of a high calorie diet.
9/22/2017

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Global trade in potatoes increasing, valued at more than 11 billion euro in 2016

According to a report published by FreshPlaza, the global trade in potatoes, including potato products, had a value of more than 11 billion euro in 2016. Globally, the Netherlands is the most important exporter, with an export value of 2.4 billion euro last year. Belgium is in second place with an export value of 1.9 billion euro in 2016. Regarding value, the frozen potato products rule the roost. And the global trade is still growing considerably in this year by year. In 2016, it was six billion euro. That was an increase of more than ten per cent compared to 2015.
9/22/2017

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Idaho potato grower looking forward to tenth PMA Fresh Summit

For participants at the PMA Fresh Summit, to be hosted October 19 ? 21 this year, gathering together and networking at the event is and has been a valuable part of their year. As vendors see the opportunity to present new products as well as to connect with customers and suppliers, they continue to attend year after year to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Wilcox Fresh in the US has been present at the event for ten years now and sees it as an important showcase. The Idaho-based potato and onion grower has also branched out into an organic vegetable range and is looking forward to presenting their wares to attendees while also collaborating with fellow producers.
9/21/2017

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Canada, US: Prince Edward Island donating potatoes and other produce to hurricane victims in southern US

Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) farmers on the east coast of Canada are sending some of the province?s best produce to the Southern U.S. to help those affected by hurricane Irma. Wednesday, a tractor-trailer with more than 40,000 pounds of fresh produce will leave P.E.I. for Georgia where it will be distributed to victims and first responders. The trailer will include 17 pallets of produce donations, from five to 50-pound bags of potatoes from growers and packers throughout the Island, to carrots and rutabagas from the P.E.I. Vegetable Growers Co-Op.
9/21/2017

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Potatoes South Australia wins grant to develop vodka from waste potato peelings

In an effort to combat food waste, Potatoes South Australia has teamed up with the University of Adelaide and Adelaide Hills Distillery to make vodka from potato skins. Robbie Davis, chief executive officer of Potatoes SA, said at a national level, food loss in the agricultural industry ? pre farm gate ? was $3 billion annually. ?But the horticulture component of that is $1.8 billion dollars annually, and potatoes are the biggest contributor,? she said.
9/21/2017

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Canada: Cuban delegation eyeing Quebec potato varieties

A Cuban delegation visited several seed potato companies in Quebec during August, visiting seed production fields, different types of mini-tuber production and in-vitro laboratory facilities in the province. It was the first time an official delegation from Cuba visited seed potato growers in Quebec. The visit was organized by Quebec based breeding, research and development company, Progest 2001 Inc. The Cuban delegation was headed by the National Director of Crops and also included members of the National Director of Seeds and the Potato Director of the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences in Cuba (INCA).
9/21/2017

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Idaho potatoes bound for Japan

The Japanese government will allow the import of U.S. chipping potatoes from Idaho, marking the end of an 11-year ban on these shipments from the Pacific Northwest state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement. According to USDA figures, the United States already has a 98-percent share of the Japanese potato market, with exports of fresh and chilled potatoes increasing from $1 million in 2010 to $19 million in 2016. However, Japan stopped imports of Idaho chipping potatoes after detection of pale cyst nematode (PCN) in the southeastern part of the state in 2006.
9/20/2017

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Agrifirm introduces TopCote Potato: An innovative new coated fertiliser granule mix

The company Agrifirm in the Netherlands recently introduced a new fertilizer concept in the Netherlands: TopCote Potato. That is in essence a mix of coated and uncoated potato fertilizers. Due to the coating, nitrogen is gradually becomes available, or slowly released for plant use. TopCote Potato is said to feature a unique composition of coated and uncoated fertiliser granules. The phased/slow release of minerals and nutrients means the needs of the potato crop are optimally supported throughout the growing season. The use of TopCote Potato is said to be more effective in this respect if compared with regular fertilisers, and according to Agrifirm, use of TopCote Potato results in demonstrably better crop yields.
9/20/2017

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Japanese govt to subsidize increased production of processing potatoes

It is reported in the Japanese press that the country?s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will apparently support increased production of potatoes used for potato chips with subsidies. Due to the fact that potato chips fell short of the nationwide demand when unsettled weather curtailed processing potato production, the government reportedly included approx. 3 billion yen in the preliminary budget for 2018. The government is said to assist growers in particular with expenses necessary for increased production of seed potatoes and for acquiring machinery that will result in cost savings when expanding the cropping area of ​​processing potatoes.
9/20/2017

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No justification for China extending potato starch duties, says Starch Europe

On Friday (15 September), the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) confirmed its final decision to extend anti-subsidy duties on exports of EU-manufactured potato starch for another five years. The policy notification published on the Ministry?s Chinese language website, confirmed duties ranging from 7.5% to 12.4%. These duties have been in place since 2010, a response to the EU potato starch support scheme which provided subsidies to manufacturers. However, this EU support scheme came to an end in July 2012 ? according to trade association Starch Europe, which means the anti-subsidy duties are no longer warranted.
9/19/2017

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Canada: Alberta, feds back new Lethbridge potato processing plant

The federal and Alberta governments are set to cover over $22 million in costs related to the construction of Cavendish Farms? new potato processing plant at Lethbridge. The two levels of government on Monday announced $20 million for the City of Lethbridge for related municipal infrastructure developments, through the federal/provincial Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and Alberta?s Capital Plan. The funding for the infrastructure upgrades in Lethbridge?s Sherring Industrial Park follows talks between the city and the province after the plant?s construction was announced in December.
9/19/2017

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Bio-sector in the Netherlands band together in effort to find sustainable solution for potato late blight

In the Netherlands, Aldi and Lidl recently signed a covenant titled ?Accelerated transition towards resistant/robust potato varieties?. Signees also include Albert Heijn and Jumbo Supermarkets. Superunie, the purchasing organization representing thirteen independent supermarket organizations in the Netherlands, intends to sign the covenant shortly. Potato seed companies who signed the covenant include Agrico, HZPC, C. Meijer, Plantera, Den Hartigh, Europlant, Danespo, Caithness Potatoes and Plantum.
9/19/2017

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Dutch investors eyeing potato farming opportunities in Bangladesh

The Dutch potato industry is showing a keen interest to invest in potato farming in Bangladesh, aiming to increase the production and enhance commercial cultivation of potatoes in the country, according to a report published by UNB. Members of the potato industry in the Netherlands have disclosed their interest at the two-day long potato event sPotato Europe 2017, hosted in Emmeloord in the Netherlands last week. The Nederlandse Aardappel Organisatie (NAO, or Dutch Potato Organisation), a platform for several potato-related Dutch companies and organizations, reportedly expressed their intent to implement plans aimed at boosting potato farming in Bangladesh.
9/18/2017

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Research: Straw mulch increases potato yield and suppresses weeds in an organic production system

Scientists at the Dept of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US grew late and early maturing potato cultivars under two organic management systems using straw mulch or mechanical cultivation for weed management. In a paper published in the journal Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, researchers Ruth K. Genger, Douglas I. Rouse, and Amy O. Charkowski say that it was found that application of straw mulch at emergence consistently increased total and marketable A-size yields for the late season cultivar Freedom Russet, and shifted the profile of marketable A-size tubers toward larger sizes. Increased yields were seen for the early season cultivar Dark Red Norland in some years, and may be related to amelioration of environmental stress by straw mulch.
9/18/2017

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Great British Menu chef to promote Northern Irish spuds

Potato producers in Northern Ireland have recruited Great British Menu contestant Mark Abbott to help grow sales through the industry?s Mighty Spud campaign. The initiative, launched last year to encourage more consumers to buy and cook potatoes, is led by the Northern Ireland Potato Promotion Group, which represents the local industry. The chef said: ?The Mighty Spud is a great example of an innovative industry campaign which supports growth, awareness and a continued contribution to Northern Ireland?s agri-food industry.?
9/18/2017

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Webcast: Management practices for corky ringspot

The Plant Management Network has released a presentation by Michigan State University professor of nematology, George W. Bird, on management practices for corky ringspot This is a disease caused by the tobacco rattle virus and vectored by stubby-root nematodes. Usual symptoms are concentric rings on tuber skin and internal flesh. Bird?s presentation is designed to assist growers in all potato growing regions, in understanding and managing corky ringspot. The presentation contains information about the typical symptoms of the disease, and how growers can sample for the stubby root nematode.
9/18/2017

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Northwest European potato production expected to increase by 13,5%; quality good

La France Agricole reports that the quantity and quality of the Northwest European potato crop is expected to be good this year. According to NEPG, the Northwest European Potato Growers? Group, the potato harvest in 2017 would be about 27.9 million tonnes. That translates into an increase of 11.5% compared to the five-year average, and 13.5% compared to last year?s total harvest. This is the result of an increase in planted areas in the five Northwest European countries (Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain). The average yield is estimated at 48.2 t / ha, 2.9% above the five-year average. Quality is expected to be good.
9/17/2017

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