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A tuber-damaging strain of Alfalfa Mosaic Virus A discovered

When alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV) happens to occur in potatoes, it usually causes leaf mottling and blotching. Now, researchers have identified an unusual strain that causes necrosis ...
1/23/2017

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US: Spud equipment sales remain steady

Farm equipment manufacturers participating in the recent Agricultural Expo at Holt Arena say they?re still doing plenty of business on machinery used in potato production, though sales ...
1/23/2017

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NL: Chip industry?s advance a threat to table potato market, says wholesaler

Chips (processing) factories have experienced an unprecedented growth in recent months. ?Everyone expected that the price for chips potatoes would decrease in the new year, but that ...
1/22/2017

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UK: Next gen potato growers visit Westminster

The AHDB?s Next Generation of potato growers visited Westminster and met with MPs on the final stage of their programme. The group discussed industry challenges, including Brexit, ...
1/22/2017

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US: New potato insecticide/fungicide seed treatment announced

Syngenta has announced CruiserMaxx Vibrance Potato insecticide/fungicide seed treatment is now available for purchase, following its registration by EPA. It contains Vibrance fungicide ...
1/22/2017

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Research findings could help prevent late blight pathogen from coming to the US

New findings by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers could help prevent more genetic strains of the potato- and tomato-killing late-blight ...
1/22/2017

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NIFA announces $1.85 million for Potato Breeding Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $1.85 million in funding for regional potato breeding ...
1/20/2017

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Quarantined potato pest found in eastern Idaho

A quarantined potato pest has been found in another field in eastern Idaho. The 150-acre field was added to the pale cyst nematode eradication program on Dec. 21, bringing the total ...
1/20/2017

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Canada: Program worth $2 million funded by McCain Foods after closure of french fry plant

Prince Edward Island has announced the details of a $2 million fund set up by McCain Foods to be administered through Innovation PEI for the Borden-Carleton and Albany area, to support ...
1/20/2017

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Treating soil like the living organism it is would benefit potato yields, experts say

When Eric Giberson was growing up on a potato farm in central Aroostook County in the 1970s, ?you grew potatoes in the ground,? he said. ?I didn?t grow up thinking that soil was a ...
1/20/2017

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Film Review: In ?The Founder? backstabbing at McDonald?s with fries on the side

In John Lee Hancock?s ?The Founder,? about Ray Kroc and the making of McDonald?s, the ingredients for success are ruthlessly simple. When Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling traveling ...
1/20/2017

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Australia: McCain to move into state-of-the-art robotic cold storage facility in Melbourne

McCain Foods Australia today announced a contract agreement with cold storage provider NewCold. NewCold?s will manage the storage and handling of McCain?s frozen products at the storage ...
1/20/2017

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Overall Red River Valley red potato season going surprisingly well

For those Red River Valley red potato growers who lost three-fourths of their crop to rain and subsequent fields that were too muddy to yield spuds for harvest, there isn?t much that ...
1/18/2017

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Scotland: Potato merchant found guilty of 161,000 VAT fraud

A Perthshire potato merchant has been found guilty of committing a 161,000 tax evasion. Scott Coupland was found guilty by a jury after a four day trial at Perth Sheriff Court. Coupland, ...
1/18/2017

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Can you imagine a world without chips, roast potatoes or mash?

These days potatoes are considered the world?s favourite vegetable, and the fifth most important food crop in the world (after rice, wheat, soy beans and maize). It is hard to imagine ...
1/18/2017

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Wisconsin potato industry positioned well for winter and spring shipping

Amid their winter potato shipping season, Wisconsin potato growers are enjoying a very positive season, according to Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Antigo, WI-based Wisconsin ...
1/18/2017

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How retailers can increase potato sales

The stars of the potato-selling field ? and there are more than a few of them ? often find unique solutions to difficulties they encounter or anticipate. The solutions are as diverse ...
1/18/2017

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Netherlands keen to help Pakistan grow salt-tolerant potatoes

The Netherlands is exploring the possibility of starting a programme to grow salt-tolerant potatoes in Pakistan. Ambassador of the Netherlands Jeannette Seppen met Minister for National ...
1/18/2017

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'Sharp drop in usage highlights marketing challenges facing potato producers' - analyst

According to the editor of North American Potato Market News (NAPMN), Bruce Huffaker, this year’s early-season potato disappearance in the US fell to its lowest level since ...
1/18/2017

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US: Progress made on Mexican potato access

Potatoes USA officials say an important and very positive step has been taken in the industry?s 15-year effort to gain access to all of Mexico for fresh U.S. potato shipments. Precisely ...
1/18/2017

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Japanese snack makers expanding in Asia

Japanese snack makers are going on a marketing offensive in Asia to capitalize on the growing popularity of their products. Calbee will boost the production capacity of its plant for ...
1/18/2017

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US: Gloomy outlook for potatoes

?We are coming out of a season with superb growing conditions in Idaho and Washington state,? says Marc Turner with Bushwick Commission Company. Idaho sets the tone as it is the largest ...
1/11/2017

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The Packer names Idaho grower 2016 Potato Man for All Seasons

Idaho grower Dan Moss was named the 2016 Potato Man for All Seasons by The Packer at the National Potato Council annual meeting on Jan. 6. Moss, CEO of Rupert, Idaho-based Moss Farms, ...
1/11/2017

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Curly fries now on the menu at McDonald?s Japan

The classic french fry may be deliciously addictive, but let?s face it? there?s something pretty special about those perfectly twisted, slightly crispy, delicately seasoned and of ...
1/11/2017

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UK: Jobs lost as administrators seek potato grower rescue

Twenty jobs have been lost at a Norfolk potato grower which counts Walkers, Kettle, Asda and Morrisons as customers after the business was placed into administration. Matt Howard and ...
1/11/2017

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?Millennials are in favour of organic?

Demand for organic products is increasing, although it is somewhat disappointing as regards potatoes. A few years ago, Warnez also specialised in organic, and in 2016 the company started ...
1/11/2017

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Potato chips and crisps market ? Global industry analysis

Potato chips and crisps are one of the most popular snack foods consumed worldwide. Over the years, the potato chips and crisp market has witnessed substantial growth, turning it into ...
1/11/2017

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UK: Fiona Fell to stand down as AHDB Potatoes chair

After three years in office, Fiona Fell is to stand down as an AHDB board member and chair of the AHDB Potato Sector Board at the end of her term in office. Ms Fell, who is based ...
1/5/2017

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People must need coffee more than fries: Starbucks set to top McDonald?s as No. 1 chain

Starbucks is poised to overtake McDonald?s as the world?s most valuable restaurant chain, and the coffee giant could ultimately have a staggering 50,000 locations. That?s the prediction ...
1/5/2017

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6 surprising facts about french fries

There are few foods that have been eaten at some point by just about everyone in the Western world, but french fries are one of them. Call them fries, call them chips, call them frites ...
1/3/2017

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NL: ?Peel return important when developing potato machines?

Machinery manufacturer Sormac focuses on machinery for the processing industry. The machines vary from potato, carrot and onion peeling machines to drying machines for leafy vegetables. ...
1/3/2017

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Argentina: Mendoza to become leading producer of pre-fried potatoes

Mendoza could become the leading producer of pre-fried potatoes for consumption in South America, as it will contribute more than 50% of the product and increase its exports by 5%, ...
1/3/2017

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India: Govt removes minimum export price of potato

The government on Tuesday removed the minimum export price (MEP) of potato, which was imposed in July, in an effort to boost the shipment of more potatoes. ?Export of potatoes, fresh ...
1/2/2017

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Report: Global Potato Chips Market 2016-2020

Potato Chips Market report 2016 focuses on the focuses on top manufacturers in the global market, with production, price, revenue and market share analyzed for each manufacturer from ...
1/2/2017

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India: Agri ministry to use remote sensing tech to map area under potato and onion cultivation

The agriculture ministry plans to use remote sensing technology to map the area under potato and onion cultivation for the entire country to provide an accurate estimate of the likely ...
1/2/2017

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South Africa; UK: Aspiring to alternative markets

Looking for ways of improving the UK potato supply chain, Nuffield scholar Rufus Pilgrim travelled to South Africa to draw comparisons between UK and international potato markets. ...
1/2/2017

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Lamb Weston/Meijer: Extra wavy fries thanks to new cutting machine

Lamb Weston/Meijer started using a new production line this year. The current factory was expanded to install a completely new production line for premium frozen potato products. The ...
12/30/2016

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US: Potato markets said to be decent, but movement slow

Potato storages operated by Associated Potato Growers Inc., were about 70 percent full after the 2016 harvest ended Nov. 18, according to Paul Dolan, who manages the cooperative from ...
12/30/2016

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Scottish tatties buck the trend

While there was a 5% drop in overall UK production this season, 2016 was a better year for potatoes in the north. Scottish production was up 9% on 2015, with export figures also looking ...
12/29/2016

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New study provides evidence on movement of potato blight pathogen

New North Carolina State University research delves into the movement and evolution of the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s, which set down roots in the United ...
12/29/2016

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Australia: How to chip away the weight with a potato-only diet ? Melbourne man lost 52 kg

After eating only potatoes for the past year, you?d understand if Andrew Taylor ditched spuds for good. But he will gladly tuck in if they?re served on New Year?s Day, when he ends ...
12/29/2016

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UK: Online calculator helps cut farms? greenhouse gas emissions

It?s called the Cool Farm Tool (CFT) ? an easy-to-use online calculator which helps farmers monitor their emissions of greenhouse gases. The CFT was initially developed by researchers ...
12/28/2016

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New line of sorting machines from Bijlsma Hercules

Bijlsma Hercules has brought a new line of sorting machines on the market. The refined electronic drive is what makes these machines special, allowing for more accurate sorting of ...
12/28/2016

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UK: Potato soil pest survey launched

A nationwide potato growers? surveyis set to evaluate the wider implications of key soil pest issues and assess whether growers are winning the battle against losses, or identify whether ...
12/28/2016

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Priming potato with Thiamin to control Potato Virus Y

PVY is a major potato pathogen affecting potato yields worldwide. Thiamin, a water-soluble B vitamin (vitamin B1) has been shown to boost the plant?s immunity, thereby increasing resistance ...
12/27/2016

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Belgium: ?Price for processing varieties will not fluctuate much till spring?

Jan van Luchene of Bruwier Potatoes, a Belgian company specialized in acquiring and delivering potatoes offers his view of the current potato market in Belgium and Europe. Jan van ...
12/27/2016

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Australia: Washed ware potato pest report released for comment

The Department of Agriculture and Food has released a draft pest categorisation report for stakeholder consultation, as part of a review of washed ware potato imports from other Australian ...
12/27/2016

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US: Rising potato leaders commit to improving the industry

The Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) Class of 2017 will bring together 23 potato growers and industry representatives interested in developing their leadership potential ...
12/27/2016

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US: Monte Vista Potato Growers shipping from new facility

Wrapping up the 2016 harvest in early October, Monte Vista Potato Growers near Monte Vista, CO, started shipping mid-October, utilizing the operation?s new line and 15,000-square-foot ...
12/27/2016

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Canada: Growers relish supplying new potato processing plant

Another 9,700 acres of potatoes will be needed in southern Alberta to supply the new Cavendish plant in Lethbridge that was officially announced Dec. 12. Greg Nakamura, whose family ...
12/27/2016

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