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Swiss potato harvest washed away

The weather wasn?t on the side of potato producers. After the last year?s bad conditions, this year the harvest has literally washed away. There are already farmers who have written ...
7/18/2016

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US: Stealth potato virus threatens industry

Newly emerged viruses threaten the U.S. potato industry, including potatoes grown in Washington. More than 85 percent of potatoes from the state?s Columbia Basin feed our french fry ...
7/18/2016

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Potato growers challenged to trial new techniques

Potato farmers could be wasting time and resources ploughing and de-stoning their land, a Scottish consultant told growers visiting the industry?s new AHDB monitor farm project near ...
7/18/2016

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Perfect storm for potato blight across England

Wet weather and warm temperatures have created the perfect storm for potato blight across England, this year. With crop values creeping up, the need to protect is becoming ever more ...
7/18/2016

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Progress made on accessing U.S. potato markets

U.S. potato industry leaders say they?ve made significant headway recently in their efforts to bolster access to some key foreign markets. During the National Potato Council?s summer ...
7/17/2016

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Potato, sugar leaders laud GMO labeling bill

Leaders of the potato and sugar beet industries say they consider a bill that passed Congress requiring labels on food containing genetically modified organisms to be a good compromise. ...
7/17/2016

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UK: Farm recognised for its exceptional achievements over the potato crop year

A FARM near Leominster has been recognised for its exceptional achievements over the potato crop year. Bill and Nicky Smith, of Park Farm, have received the Southern Champion Grower ...
7/17/2016

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UK: Growers dig into on-farm innovations at SPot Farm East

Over 120 growers, agronomists and trade representatives saw demonstrations of best practice growing and new innovations in action at the first Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm ?Super Tuesday? ...
7/17/2016

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US: ConAgra Foods hopes to fry up wealth for shareholders in spinoff of Lamb Weston

For ConAgra shareholders, it is still an unknown how much real gold is in the golden-brown french fries produced by the company?s Lamb Weston division. The Chicago-based firm, based ...
7/17/2016

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Family farmer making it with a day job, an understanding wife, and a herd of yaks

Telling your wife you just got a great deal on a small herd of yaks wouldn't go over well in every family, and Mary Kaspari is not the kind of wife who goes along with everything her ...
7/17/2016

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Potato industry touts FDA label update, benefits of potassium

It is no secret that potatoes are a great source of potassium, according to Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board. For decades, industry officials have lauded ...
7/17/2016

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Nigeria: Potato power

Darkness or the clattering sound of a diesel-powered generator ? these are the only options for many Nigerians. A young Nigerian says he has found a solution to the country?s energy ...
7/8/2016

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Report: Global Potato Chips Market 2016-2020

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ?Global Potato Chips market 2016-2020? report to their offering. The global potato chips market to grow at a CAGR of 4.42% during ...
7/8/2016

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Record high potato prices in Russia

Potatoes have hit record high prices due to supplies being imported and a lack of vegetable storage. According to Rosstat data, since the beginning of the year potatoes, carrots and ...
7/8/2016

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Australia: Potato-only diet man hits halfway point

Melbourne man Andrew Taylor is halfway through his radical diet which consists of eating only potatoes for a year, and he has dropped an astonishing 42kg ? from 151kg down to 109kg ...
7/8/2016

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Potato farmers in south Kyrgyzstan achieve record profits with US support

The Aravan Agro Service more than doubled its potato yield and profits in 2016 by partnering with the United States through the USAID Agro Horizon project. Moving to early potato production ...
7/7/2016

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Potato Trade show Interpom | Primeurs 2016 focuses on Precision Technology

The biggest edition ever and ?. the biggest indoor potato trade fair in the world. The 18th edition of INTERPOM | PRIMEURS will be held from Monday 27 to Tuesday 29 November 2016 at ...
7/7/2016

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Australian farmers team up with wasps to fight aphids

Australian potato growers have found an unlikely ally in their battle against destructive aphids. Several species of aphids that feed on potatoes are developing resistance to common ...
7/7/2016

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The Little Potato Company making a big splash

The Little Potato Company made a big splash at the celebration of its first U.S. potato-packaging facility. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, The Little Potato Company celebrated ...
7/7/2016

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Tesco announces new three year contracts worth 12m to help potato growers

Tesco has announced it will issue contracts worth 12 million over three years to help support British farming. The retailer has become the first in the UK to introduce new long term ...
7/7/2016

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UK: Tesco makes new longer-term commitment to potato growers

Tesco has announced today (5 July) it will issue longer-term contracts with British potato growers and packers worth 12 million over three years. Made up of producers and industry ...
7/6/2016

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UK potato prices have sharply increased

Potato prices in the United Kingdom, from the start of this year, have risen more steeply than at any other period since 2000. However, not all growers will benefit from this as the ...
7/6/2016

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US: First potato psyllids arrive in Eastern Idaho

Potato growers throughout Eastern Idaho are starting insecticidal programs to protect their crops from zebra chip disease following the recent confirmation of potato psyllids in the ...
7/6/2016

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Mexico: US potato only for human consumption

?The import of potatoes from the United States was only authorized for human consumption and not for the production of the tuber, thus mitigating phytosanitary risks in our country,? ...
7/6/2016

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Study: Foodservice spud sales to grow in the US

Foodservice sales of fresh-market potatoes are expected to grow this year. Foodservice sales of all spuds could climb 2.4% in 2016, according to a study commissioned by Denver-based ...
7/5/2016

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Irish consumers set to spend ?175 million on 120 million packs of potatoes this year

New season potatoes will start appearing on shopping lists and menus this week, as growers harvest the first ?Queens? crop of the year. To mark the start of the new potato season, ...
7/5/2016

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UK: Potato supplier Branston installs 1.7m washing and grading line

UK potato supplier Branston has installed a new integrated grading, washing and sizing line at its production facility in Scotland, the result of 1.7 million?s worth of investment. ...
7/5/2016

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Belgium: AVR opens a new assembly line

In June AVR, a manufacturer of machinery for cultivating potatoes and other bulbous and tuberous plants, officially opened its new production facility. Both drawn and self-propelled ...
7/5/2016

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Tolsma-Grisnich Group acquires majority share in Farm Electronics Limited

Farm Electronics Limited, the UK Grantham based crop storage engineering specialist has merged with Tolsma-Grisnich, a leading Dutch specialist recognised as a pioneer and specialist ...
7/4/2016

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Canada: McCain invests in agriculture technology company

Resson, a fast-growing data-driven agriculture technology company, today announced that McCain Foods Limited is now a strategic partner and is part of a US$11 million (about CDN$14 ...
7/4/2016

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Sterile environment for spuds

Seed potatoes and a sterile environment. During a chat with Alice Pilgeram, an assistant research professor at Montana State University, she brought up the importance of keeping a ...
7/4/2016

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Europe: Higher NEPG ware potato area estimated

The latest estimates for the five North-west European Potato Growers countries (NEPG ? GB, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany) shows the highest potato area in 2016 in the region ...
7/4/2016

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W. Australian potato industry to be deregulated by year-end

Seventy years after a bill was introduced regulating Western Australia?s potato industry, new legislation has been introduced in State Parliament to abolish the regulating Act and ...
7/4/2016

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India: Govt to identify pest-free potato zones to boost exports

Aiming to boost potato exports, the government is considering identifying ?pest-free zones? for the staple in production clusters of the growing states like Uttar Pradesh and West ...
7/4/2016

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Europe: First Phytophthora crops up again

Every once in a while potato disease Phytophthora crops up again, and this year is no exception; the first reports have already started trickling in. Especially potato cultivators ...
7/4/2016

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US: State potato commission, CB Tech students share ideas, projects

Students at the Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center presented projects they made in cooperation with the Washington State Potato Commission. Teams from the school?s culinary, multimedia, ...
7/4/2016

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Northern Ireland: Advice on potato blight following first warning issued

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, Greenmount Campus have issued this year?s first potato blight warning in Northern ...
6/23/2016

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New Zealand: Horticulture welcomes decision to allow biological control of psyllid

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority to allow the release of a bug which will act as a natural control against the devastating Tomato ...
6/23/2016

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The revealing science of potato chips

The next time you reach for a bag of potato chips, think about this: It may reveal more about you than you ever knew. Skout, a global social media app, recently conducted a national ...
6/23/2016

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Canada/US: McCain expansion could benefit Aroostook potato growers

McCain Foods, the largest buyer of potatoes in Aroostook County, is planning a major expansion at its potato products factory in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick, that could benefit ...
6/23/2016

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US: ConAgra reportedly talking about selling frozen potato unit to cereal maker

ConAgra Foods has been in talks to sell its frozen potato unit to cereal maker Post Holdings, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the talks had stalled ...
6/23/2016

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Kiremko built five snack pellet frying systems for the Intersnack Group

As part of a negotiated framework agreement at corporate level, in the early part of 2014 Potato Processing Specialist Kiremko was awarded the honor of supplying five complete snack ...
6/21/2016

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UK: Spud Watch - Blight scarce but watch out for aphids

Generally, weather conditions down the east coast have been dull and damp, with very little sunshine throughout June so far. There is adequate moisture now to see most of the early ...
6/21/2016

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Canada: McCain Foods begins $65-million expansion of french fry plant in New Brunswick

McCain Foods (Canada) says it will spend $65 million to add a new production line to meet demand for hash brown patties and other potato products. The investment will expand McCain?s ...
6/21/2016

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UK chipping potato producer installs Dutch technology

Following the successful installation of Omnivent?s suction ventilation system, PJ Lee and Sons renovated their stores with the OmniCuro control system for 9 box stores (12.200 tons) ...
6/21/2016

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Irish famine spud to be part of Potato Variety Day in Guelph

Guelph - The infamous spud that sparked the mid-1800s Irish potato famine is growing this summer in a potato patch run by the University of Guelph. The variety, called "Lumper," ...
6/21/2016

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Netherlands: HZPC sold record volume of seed potatoes from Dutch pool

According to Gerard Backx, CEO of HZPC, crop 2015 in the Netherlands was characterized by high yields. ?Compared to previous years, there were a lot of seed potatoes available. We ...
6/20/2016

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Progress reported toward restoring Idaho chipping potato access to Japan

A source with the Idaho Potato Commission said progress was made toward restoring access to ship fresh Idaho chipping potatoes to Japan during a recent meeting between Japanese governmental ...
6/20/2016

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How are waffle fries made?

Most of us have probably had cross-cut waffle fries at some point in our lives; this round, craggly variation on fries is an ideal vessel for ketchup and is arguably even better than ...
6/20/2016

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US: Lamb Weston to supersize Washington french fry plant

Potato processor Lamb Weston will invest $200 million to increase the french fry-making capacity of its Richland, Wash., plant, creating 128 full-time jobs and taking advantage of ...
6/20/2016

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