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Mexican court bans US potato imports over ?food sovereignty? and spread of diseases

According to an Associated Press (AP) news report, a Mexican federal court has made an unusual ruling yesterday that bans the import of US potatoes on the grounds that the imports ...
8/6/2017

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Potato growth and irrigation scheduling

All plants vary in their water requirements according to their size and growth stage as well as the length of their maturity and time of year of maximum growth. Possibly no other major ...
8/5/2017

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Canada: Latest information released from potato pest monitoring program

A Canadian monitoring program for potato pests has proven very valuable and offered good news for potato growers. The program began in 2013 in cooperation with Scott Meers, an insect ...
8/5/2017

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Canadian officials approve Simplot?s second generation GMO potatoes

Associated Press reports that three types of potatoes genetically engineered by J.R. Simplot to resist late blight are deemed safe for the environment and safe to eat, according to ...
8/4/2017

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US: National Potato Council warns of ?serious threat to the industry? if potatoes are imported from the UK

Last week, the National Potato Council (NPC) in the US provided comments to USDA APHIS on the recent pest risk assessment for the importation of potatoes from the United Kingdom to ...
8/4/2017

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New webcast explores migration research of zebra chip-carrying potato psyllids

Potato growers in the US looking to reduce the likelihood of a zebra chip disease outbreak have been forced to rely on calendar-based insecticide applications due to the unpredictable ...
8/4/2017

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How the humble potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism in Great Britain

Many Britons are troubled by reports that as a nation their fondness for sugar and disdain for exercise will eventually bankrupt the NHS. We agree that our poor dietary choices affect ...
8/4/2017

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Potatoes USA Chairman shares vision for industry?s future

At the 2017 Potatoes USA annual meeting, Black Gold Farms COO John Halverson was nominated as chairman. He has been a board member of Potatoes USA, formerly known as the United States ...
8/3/2017

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UK: Inside Walkers ? the biggest crisp factory in the world

This is the seldom-told story of ?The Biggest Crisp Factory in the World?; a vast grey building in Leicester in the UK. This is where seven million bags of crisps are made every day. ...
8/3/2017

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Managing soil health in potatoes

As the experts point out, potato production disrupts the soil in a very aggressive way. The tubers not only need to be dug up for harvest, there are also numerous planting and hilling ...
8/3/2017

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Large-scale potato industry event takes root in Scotland

A one-day technical potato industry event scheduled for next week will see growers, seed breeders, plant health officials, agronomists and scientists come together to discuss the key ...
8/2/2017

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Colorado potato crop looks good, but demand could use boost

The Colorado potato crop looks excellent, but prices are stagnant, raising hopes that the Trump administration?s much-discussed renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement ...
8/2/2017

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McCain Foods appoints Max Koeune as new CEO

Potato products manufacturer McCain Foods has announced that it is appointing Max Koeune to the role of president and CEO, effective 1 November 2017. Koeune joined McCain as chief ...
8/2/2017

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The Farm Where Cows Munch on Potato Chips

IN 1983, JIM HERR, the owner of Herr Food Inc., most famous for its eponymous line of potato chips, had a problem to solve. The state of Pennsylvania was beginning to tighten enforcement ...
8/1/2017

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Lamb Weston reports increased sales, earnings in first fiscal year since spinning off from ConAgra

The Lamb Weston frozen potato business closed out its first fiscal year as an independent business saying it exceeded its financial goals. The results were a ?strong foundation for ...
8/1/2017

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India: Struggling with low prices, demand, farmers to sell potatoes directly to homes

Suffering significant losses due to low market prices and lack of demand, potato farmers in Uttar Pradesh have come up with a new strategy. They will now be going from door to door, ...
8/1/2017

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Potato research grant announced for Colorado State

Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., this week announced that Colorado State University will receive $2.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department ...
8/1/2017

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Australia: Agronico opens new purpose-built coolstore for seed potato storage in Tasmania

The new coolstore at Spreyton can store up to 8000 tonnes of seed potatoes and has the potential to service Australia?s seed potato needs, Agronico believes. Agronico chief executive ...
8/1/2017

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Tummers keeps developing its potato processing equipment

As the people are the heart of Tummers, R&D is the backbone. Tummers is continuously working on improving their machinery, the process, service or other aspects to apply to the demands ...
8/1/2017

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?It?s shaping up to be a good year? for Washington State potatoes

Last winter?s heavy snowfall and a wet 2017 spring put Washington potato growers in the fields later than the 2016 season, but reports from the Washington State Potato Commission indicate ...
8/1/2017

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US: Potato farm tour highlights biological diversity

In the heart of prime potato growing country, one San Luis Valley farm has such a worldwide reputation for soil health innovation that a recent field day attracted guests from Canada, ...
8/1/2017

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McCain?s latest Canadian investment takes the company?s capacity spend to over $1 billion

McCain Foods Limited has announced plans to expand its capacity at its plant in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada. This investment will bring additional production capacity to the french fry ...
7/25/2017

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Potatoes seen as healthy product in Sweden

Although some regions were affected more than others, Lars Elofson from Svensk Potatis in Sweden says that overall there was not too much damage to the potato crop from the cold weather ...
7/25/2017

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Belgium: 'Normal harvest of storage potatoes possible, despite drought'

The early potato harvest suffered most from the drought. There was talk of a loss of 15 million Euro a month ago. There is no new figure at this time. ?The potatoes that were in sandy ...
7/24/2017

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Kettle launches a new premium chips range in the United Kingdom: ?Discoveries?

KETTLE is pleased to announce the launch of Discoveries, an exciting new sharing range featuring unique flavour combinations, designed to target the growing couples night in occasion. ...
7/24/2017

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Dutch potato sector accesses Argentinian market

After years of negotiations, the Argentinian border was recently opened for Dutch baby potatoes. The export of in-vitro propagated potato plants to the South American country is also ...
7/24/2017

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Applied research: Method to hit the bull?s eye on crop nutrient requirements

Researchers from Aarhus University have developed a method to match crop nitrogen requirements more precisely than ever before. The method can reduce agricultural nitrogen emissions ...
7/23/2017

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British Potato Industry Award nominations now open

Nominations for the coveted ?British Potato Industry Award? and ?AHDB Above and Beyond Award? are now open. The British Potato Industry Awards celebrates the recognition of those who ...
7/22/2017

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McDonald?s takes on the fast-food dead zone

To lure more mid-afternoon customers, McDonald?s Corp. is rejecting its recent health-food kick and rolling out the sweets: croissants, muffin tops and a new sundae-topping station ...
7/22/2017

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NZ: Mesh cheaper than chemicals in stopping potato psyllid

Scientist Dr Charles Merfield believes he has the answer to solving the problem of the potato psyllid, which costs growers about $10 million a year. Trials using mesh to cover the ...
7/21/2017

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Drones measure nitrogen application in potato farming

Researchers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands announced that the ?Toward precision agriculture 2.0? research program has included a group of potato farmers carrying ...
7/21/2017

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US: National Potato Council?s 2017 Potato Statistical Yearbook can now be downloaded online

Download the Statistical Yearbook for 2017 (or read it online). The Yearbook is annually published by the National Potato Council (NPC). You will find overviews of national legislative, ...
7/21/2017

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This is the little-known ingredient which makes McDonald?s fries so delicious

There?s been some recent confusion over what it is which makes McDonald?s fries so special. It turns out that some branches of McDonald?s are serving up fries with a little-known ingredient ...
7/19/2017

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Nottingham University and Pipers Crisps develop science of crisps

Pipers Crisps, one of Britain?s best-known crisp brands, set out to understand more about the science behind their premium products and processes and they turned to food experts at ...
7/19/2017

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Scottish potato growers continue to learn that ?less is more?

The ?less is more? lesson for tattie growers continues with the revelation that overall yields could be increased by reducing nitrogen top dressings by 25-30 kg a hectare. The message ...
7/19/2017

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US potato exports increased in May

U.S. exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes all increased in May 2017 compared to May 2016, according to Potatoes USA. The organization reports that exports of frozen products ...
7/19/2017

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Germany: Organic potatoes damaged by heavy rain and potato beetles

Especially in the Northern parts of Germany, the largest production area of organic potatoes nationwide, there were rainfalls of more than 100 liters per square meter two weeks ago, ...
7/18/2017

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The US wants to export its potatoes to Mexico

US potato producers began lobbying for Mexico to effectively open its doors to US exports in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). ?United States Potato ...
7/18/2017

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UK: Scarborough borough council approves McCain plant expansion

Scarborough Borough Council has formally recommended approval of McCain Foods? GBP100m expansion plans to renew its Scarborough production facility. The frozen food production company, ...
7/18/2017

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US: A chat with National Potato Council Public Policy VP, Kam Quarles

Kam Quarles joined the National Potato Council in December as Vice President of Public Policy. He distinguishing himself with seven years at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, was with United ...
7/18/2017

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UK: Putting spuds on the SPot

SCOTLAND?S Strategic Potato Farm (SPot) is getting ready to reveal its full trials programme to the potato industry at its next Open Day. Organised via AHDB, the nationwide SPot Farms ...
7/18/2017

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US: Potandon is ?one-stop shop for foodservice potatoes and onions?

Potandon Produce LLC, which is headquartered in Idaho Falls, ID, has ?the largest dedicated supply base in the industry? for potatoes and onions, ?with shipping locations in all key ...
7/16/2017

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Peru: Potatoes, the ?real gold? of the Incas

The humble potato is known the world over, but native Peruvian varieties can look quite a bit different than most of us are used to. Some are red or blue, others are long and skinny. ...
7/16/2017

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Natural antioxidant made from rosemary extract to extend potato chips shelf life

Potato chips? shelf life can be doubled with a new 100% natural antioxidant made from rosemary extract produced by ingredient specialist Kancor. Rosemary extracts are used to naturally ...
7/15/2017

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Australia: Spud growers face ?perfect storm?

Potato growers in the region are bracing for a ?perfect storm?, with farmers warned to be alert for signs of disease after a new bacteria was recently detected. The detection of dickeya ...
7/15/2017

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Japan?s potato supply rebounding after typhoons caused slump

Japan?s potato supply is rebounding ? with wholesale and retail prices falling ? thanks to solid shipments from secondary producing regions starting in the spring. Potato stocks are ...
7/14/2017

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Canada: Acreage low, stewardship high for GMO potatoes

This year?s Canadian acreage of J.R. Simplot?s genetically engineered Innate potato will be ?very small? to non-existent, according to a company spokesperson. Kerwin Bradley, director ...
7/14/2017

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McDonald?s is testing out fries covered in cheese and bacon

Fries with stuff on top? Delicious stuff like cheese and sauce and more cheese? Brilliant. For years, we?ve only been able to get loaded fries from specialist burger and fries establishments, ...
7/14/2017

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Organic Produce Summit: Launch of organic single wrapped microwaveable potato

Fresh Solutions Network announces that it will be launching its new Side Delights Farmer?s Table Organic Russet single wrapped, microwaveable potato ? a line extension to the Farmer?s ...
7/14/2017

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Researchers develop low cost sensor to detect rot in potato storage facilities

In Idaho, potatoes are both a humble stereotype and a half-billion dollar crop. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, every spring farmers plant more than 320,000 acres of ...
7/14/2017

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