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Ireland: Humble spud will be downgraded under new healthy eating guidelines

The humble potato ? for generations our staple food ? is being downgraded in the new national guide to a balanced diet. The food pyramid is set for a major overhaul based on old and ...
6/20/2016

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France: Biotech company awarded grant to develop in-field early blight test

FranceAgrimer awarded a grant of 101,000 euros to the biotechnology company Anova-plus for the development of a DNA test that detects early blight of potato in-field during the growing ...
6/17/2016

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Tanzania, the Netherlands signed agreement to bolster potato crop

Potato growers in Tanzania stand to benefit from a new agreement between Netherlands and Tanzania, targeted at helping farmers in the country boost potato production as well as being ...
6/17/2016

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Webinar on integrated late blight management

From 2009 to the current, a group of newly identified genotypes/clonal lineages/strains of the late blight pathogen were identified, with US-23 becoming most predominant in both tomato ...
6/17/2016

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Europe: ENPARD brings together potato cooperatives in Georgia for the first time

For the first time, Georgia?s potato cooperatives are coming together in a special forum to be held at the Marriott hotel in the capital Tbilisi on Friday, 17 June, organised under ...
6/17/2016

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UK: Branston began the expansion of its potato processing plant in Lincoln

The UK potato supplier Branston has begun work on its GBP5m plant extension that will process potatoes destined for the convenience sector and create 20 new jobs in Lincoln. The 1,700 ...
6/16/2016

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Production on the rise in Guinea?s potato basket

Potato cultivation is on the rise in Guinea, as it is in many African countries, although it is still very limited there. The highlands of Fouta Djallon is the home of intensive agriculture ...
6/16/2016

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UK: Virus pressure on potatoes in the Midlands

Virus pressure is high in the Midlands and northern England due to increasing numbers of peach-potato aphids (Myzus persicae). The peach?potato aphid has been caught throughout England ...
6/16/2016

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Belgium hit by heavy rainfall, but potato harvest not expected to be smaller

Several regions in Belgium have been hit by heavy rainfall, but some lots were spared from the excessive rain. Much rainfall occurred especially in west Flanders, but Wallonia experienced ...
6/16/2016

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US: Seed potatoes are a Montana specialty

According to Alice Pilgeram, an assistant research professor at Montana State University, ?In Montana we grow seed potatoes. Most of the potatoes that are grown in Idaho actually start ...
6/16/2016

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Kenya-Netherlands strengthen potato farming ties

The Kenyan ministry of agriculture plans to strengthen collaboration with its counterparts from the Netherlands in potato and dairy farming. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture ...
6/15/2016

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Americas, the largest market for potato chips

The potato chips market in the Americas is growing steadily, as supermarkets and hypermarkets accounted for 77% of the total sales of potato chips in the US in 2015, according to the ...
6/15/2016

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The Sainsbury Laboratory prepares for blight-resistant GM potato trial

After gaining government consent to field-test a genetically-modified potato, Norwich-based scientists are seeking to prove the agricultural benefits 
of GM technology ? and ...
6/15/2016

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UK: Elveden Estate welcomes first visitors to Strategic Potato Farm project

The complex balance of variables which contribute to the perfect potato are being put to the test at an East Anglian proving ground for the latest growing ideas. The Elveden Estate, ...
6/15/2016

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Blight hotline helps potato growers stay ahead of disease

The late blight hotlines will continue to be sponsored by Syngenta and Orondis Opti fungicide for the 2016 potato growing season. The hotlines help farmers stay ahead of the disease ...
6/15/2016

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Canada: Farmer takes to social media to educate people on potato production

A Prince Edward Island potato farmer has taken to social media to show people what exactly he does for a living. ?I have a bunch of friends that just don?t know what I do for a living,? ...
6/14/2016

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The environmental benefits of potato breeding

On World Environment Day (June 5), potato breeding company HZPC highlighted the benefits of breeding on yield, carbon footprint and water use. An extra 10 million tons of potatoes ...
6/14/2016

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US: Lamb Weston announces addition of new french fry processing line

ConAgra Foods Inc. announced today that its Lamb Weston business will expand operations at its facility in Richland, Washington, with the addition of a new french fry processing line. ...
6/14/2016

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Scientists prepare to use DNA of PCN against it to save crops

SCIENTISTS are preparing to weaponise a parasitic worm?s DNA against it to prevent the loss of billions of pounds worth of food every year. The parasitic yellow potato cyst nematode ...
6/14/2016

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US: Blight could effect Western States

Dupont Row Crop Rep Kevin Cochrane says Washington State is experiencing the earliest Potato blight outbreak in memory. Industry experts believe it could be seed born late blight, ...
6/14/2016

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Nationally funded research project aimed at combating nematodes

The University of Idaho will lead a $3.2 million project to combat microscopic worms that threaten potato production. The project, which focuses on the pale cyst nematode and golden ...
6/9/2016

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US: Infected psyllids, late blight reported in Northwest

This season is shaping to be another costly year for Northwest potato production, given the early confirmations of potato psyllids infected with the Liberibacter bacterium, which causes ...
6/9/2016

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Ugly potatoes find new life in vodka

Every Tuesday night the Droge boys would get together for brothers? night where they would joke about making a more lucrative product from their family crop of seed potatoes. Five ...
6/9/2016

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Contract farming of potatoes best practice in Egypt

Sonac, an Egyptian exporter based in Alexandria is about to finish its potato season. However, according to Export Manager Dalia Gamal, the current situation of the potato sector ...
6/9/2016

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Spain: High potato prices due to low yields

The harvest of Spanish new potatoes started about three weeks ago in the earliest areas of Spain. The campaign is developing smoothly, although yields are lower because of the impact ...
6/8/2016

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Australia: Chipping into potato debate

Rob Broadfield looks at the deregulation of Western Australia?s potato industry and what the challenges mean to consumers. The deregulation of our potato industry was a long time coming. ...
6/8/2016

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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) ...
6/8/2016

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US$4.5m invested in Zambian potato production

A project which aims to substitute potato imports, as well as create export opportunities for the crop, has been set up in Zambia. Potato seed for smallholder farmers in Northern Province ...
6/8/2016

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Techniques to control potato storage rots

During AHDB Potatoes in the UK?s Storage Forum 2016, Simon Alexander of SA Consulting presented on optimal store management techniques to control potato rots in store, and ultimately ...
6/6/2016

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2016 triennial EAPR Section Post Harvest meeting

The 2016 triennial EAPR Section Post Harvest meeting will be held on the 29-30th June 2016 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The meeting will cover different aspects of post-harvest ...
6/6/2016

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US: West Virginia Department of Agriculture encourages growers to consider potato production

An effort by the state Department of Agriculture to encourage growers to consider potato production has landed at a spot known for its extraterrestrial activity ? the National Radio ...
6/6/2016

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The potato disease that changed the world

Michael David Martin specializes in analyzing genetic material. He works surrounded by envelopes with plants and pictures of speckled leaves that he is studying at the Norwegian University ...
6/6/2016

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Less than 1% of EU potatoes grown in Ireland in 2014

Ireland produced only 0.6% of the EU?s potatoes in 2014, while Germany produced almost one fifth. Germany was the EU?s biggest potato producer in 2014, producing 19.7% of the EU?s ...
6/6/2016

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ConAgra Foods' CFO John Gehring to retire

ConAgra Foods, Inc. has recently announced that its executive vice president and chief financial officer, John Gehring, will retire after 14 years of service with the company. Gehring ...
6/3/2016

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Video: Ethylene ? Its potential for use alongside CIPC in potato storages

In this video, Dr Glyn Harper (Potato Pathologist at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research in the UK) presents on the promising findings from AHDB Potatoes? project ?R464: Ethylene for ...
6/3/2016

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Kiremko builds a new french fries line in Belgium

Kiremko announced they had started to build a new French fries line in Belgium, with a capacity of 16-20tonne/hour. The line incorporates a number of new developments and is equipped ...
6/3/2016

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From french fries to fuel: Yellowstone's new green energy

Next time you enjoy an order of french fries while visiting Yellowstone National Park, you’re not only satisfying your appetite, but you’re also helping provide green energy ...
6/3/2016

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Australia: AUSVEG calls for competition watchdog to look at Oakville collapse and non-payment to potato farmers

AUSVEG has called for the competition watchdog to ensure farmers get paid after Australia?s largest potato supplier Oakville went into voluntary administration. Potato growers have ...
6/3/2016

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UK: Potato growers urged to protect early rapid crop growth for a blight free season

This season?s late planted potato crops, which have been slow to get going in cool soils, are expected to compensate with rapid growth as soon as conditions warm up. The rapid leaf ...
6/3/2016

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US: East Idaho potato processing plant fined after gas release

Federal authorities have fined an Idaho food processing company $273,000 following the release of a dangerous gas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Tuesday ...
6/2/2016

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New Zealand: CropLogic secures new licence for global growth

Precision agriculture firm CropLogic has signed an exclusive agreement with the New Zealand Institute of Plant & Food Research to expand the marketing of its patented technology to ...
6/2/2016

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Belgium: VLAM explores Swedish potato market

For Belgian potato traders, Sweden is a small, but admittedly growing market. In late April, the potential for Belgian fresh and processed potato exports was further explored. In addition ...
6/2/2016

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Europatat elects new board ahead of 2016 Congress

On June 1, in advance of the 2016 Congress that this year is celebrated together with Freshfel Europe today, June 2, Europatat celebrated its Commission meetings and its 68th Assembly ...
6/2/2016

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Europe: Progress of the Nematicide Stewardship Programme

Nematicides have come under considerable scrutiny recently, not only from European regulators but from environmentalists, health professionals and the general public. However, nematicide ...
6/2/2016

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Potato late blight confirmed in Michigan

According to Dr Willie Kirk, plant pathologist at Michigan State University, potato late blight was reported and has been confirmed in St. Joseph County in three fields near Sturgis, ...
6/2/2016

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US: N.D. ag commissioner approves fungicide to manage late blight in long-season potatoes

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has issued a Special Local Needs (SLN) registration to Winfield Solutions LLC enabling North Dakota potato producers to manage late blight disease ...
6/1/2016

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Russet Norkotah still most popular variety among San Luis Valley producers

Yesterday the USDA/NASS Colorado Field Office, San Luis Valley Research Center - Colorado State University and the Colorado Department of Agriculture issued a special report regarding ...
6/1/2016

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Irrigating potatoes without wasting a drop

With today?s high-tech irrigation technology water is precisely calibrated so that not a drop is wasted. Rex Calloway, a Quincy area potato grower in Washington State whose family ...
6/1/2016

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Australia: Farmer suppliers to potato industry giant Oakville may go unpaid

Potato growers have reportedly gone unpaid since Australia?s largest potato supplier went into receivership. The majority Chinese-owned company Oakville Produce went into receivership ...
6/1/2016

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A preventive approach reduces infection risk in potatoes

When we speak of crop protection in potatoes, or any other crop for that matter, the old saying, ?An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,? certainly applies. One of the reasons ...
6/1/2016

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