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Blogger reveals inconsistencies in study on fried potatoes and mortality

On July 5th, author and food blogger, Marion Nestle, posted a blog report that pointed out inconsistencies in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on the ...
7/11/2017

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Research evaluates how ?vadose zone? affects runoff water

Cody Ross, a member of the Watershed Systems Research Program at the University of Manitoba in Canada, is measuring water flow in a part of the soil called the vadose zone. Although ...
7/11/2017

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Colombia: Potato sector asks government to accept their anti-dumping suit

This week the Colombian government will determine whether they will accept the anti-dumping suit filed by the potato sector in the face of massive imports of potatoes that have put ...
7/11/2017

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UK: Potato farmers SPot the difference as AHDB?s cutting-edge techniques become commercial reality

More than 120 farmers and agricultural professionals were at the Elveden Estate on Thursday, July 6, to look at how cutting-edge research was making a difference to its potato growing ...
7/10/2017

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US: Northwest potato crop slightly late, but promising

Washington and Oregon potato growers have been slowed slightly by a wet winter and spring. But so far, the crops appear to be worth the wait. Washington growers planted 170,000 acres ...
7/10/2017

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Canada: Case study reveals how to reduce potato waste by increasing quality

As part of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association?s (OPMA) food waste reduction initiative, Value Chain Management International (VCMI) worked with EarthFresh Foods and growers ...
7/10/2017

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US: Fast food makes its biggest change since the drive-thru

Restaurants often lag other industries in adopting new technology, lacking the time or budget for massive digital overhauls. But as industry sales have slowed recently, smartphone ...
7/10/2017

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Canada: Optimistic outlook for potato crop in 2017

Strong pricing, stable contract volumes and a low dollar help provide an optimistic outlook for the Canadian potato crop this season. Potato growers in Canada enjoyed a banner year ...
7/7/2017

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Report: ?Potato cartel forced Americans to pay higher prices for their fries?

US potato-grower cooperatives in the early 2000?s deployed drones and scanned satellite images as they colluded to reduce the amount of potatoes grown across the country in an effort ...
7/7/2017

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Simplot reportedly applied to bring ?GM potato products? into New Zealand

According to a report published today by NZFarmer.co.nz, ?A United States company has applied to export genetically modified potato products into New Zealand, but mystery remains as ...
7/7/2017

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Why are crisps SO addictive?

Britain is a nation of crisp (chip) fanatics, consuming about six billion packets a year. That?s one ton of crisps every three minutes, or nearly 100 packets per person ? more, it ...
7/7/2017

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Embattled Western Australian potato growers face new bio-security threat after Dickeya found

An aggressive bacteria that attacks potatoes has been found in Australia for the first time. Dickeya dianthicola can cause significant production losses in crops by causing diseases ...
7/7/2017

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New Oceasoft software brings real time alerts to temperature monitors

OCEASOFT, a company with offices in France and the US, is dealing in wireless monitoring solutions for temperature-sensitive goods, announced the release of OCEAlert, their new solution ...
7/5/2017

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US: McDonald?s installs kiosks instead of workers

The next time you head up to the counter to order a Big Mac and some fries, don?t be surprised if there?s something missing: a smiling face. McDonald?s is reportedly moving away from ...
7/5/2017

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Northern Ireland: Great weather for spuds sees harvest arrive fortnight early

Northern Ireland?s main crop potatoes are being harvested two weeks ahead of schedule after a year of perfect growing conditions. The favourable conditions also contributed to an overall ...
7/5/2017

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Italy: New systems modify irrigation depending on the weather

Scarabelli irrigazione and Consorzio Agrario Adriatico have developed a solution that connects the irrigation system to local weather stations so as to plan interventions according ...
7/4/2017

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Hi-tech production to fill demand for quality seed potatoes in India

There is a huge shortage of certified seed in India. The incorporation of hi-tech seed production systems, coupled with advanced virus detection techniques is the only way out in fulfilling ...
7/4/2017

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Utah is home to earliest use of a wild potato in North America ? nearly 11,000 years ago

The town of Escalante in southern Utah is no small potatoes when it comes to scientific discovery; a new archaeological finding within its borders may rewrite the story of tuber domestication. ...
7/4/2017

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More British crisps coming to the United States

The award-winning British Pipers Crisps potato chips will now be enjoyed by more Americans. It is the newest brand to partner with the Liberty Richter division of World Finer Foods, ...
7/4/2017

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University of Idaho reports light potato psyllid pressure

Pressure from the tiny, winged insects that spread zebra chip disease in potatoes has been light this season, emboldening some Idaho farmers to scale back on their pesticide programs. ...
7/3/2017

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European Commission won?t ban Belgian frites

The European Commission is not going to ban Belgian frites, as a spokesman told journalists in response to criticism of an initiative aimed at regulating the way they are made. The ...
7/3/2017

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Heavy rain damages potato crop in Ontario, Canada

After a month of good growing conditions and positive reports amid sporadic news on disease potential, word from one of Ontario?s potato-growing regions is that roughly 1,000 acres ...
7/3/2017

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Australia: Potato farmers send bill for $500,000 to government for abandoned Galati legal case

Frustrated potato growers have sent the West Australian State Government a bill for hundreds of thousands of dollars after the Government dropped an industry funded legal fight against ...
7/3/2017

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Spain: Potato prices fall due to oversupply

Potato prices have hit rock-bottom in Spain and Europe due to an oversupply in all early potato producing countries, amongst other factors, explained ngel Muoz, director of Intersur, ...
7/3/2017

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?Challenges? over Scottish seed potato exports

Seed potato growers who have been confident that crucial trade with Egypt and other non-EU markets would not be disrupted by Brexit may be in for a shock. According to Peter Hardwick, ...
7/3/2017

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Potato beetle cannibalism may help protect crops

Researchers at the University of Maine (UMaine) have found cannibalism may slow down the devastation of Colorado potato beetles on potato crops. University of Maine scientists Everett ...
7/3/2017

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Essential guide for potato store owners on CIPC application practices

The Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group in the UK recently published a new factsheet entitled ?CIPC Application: A store owner?s guide. Essential information for making potato stores ...
6/29/2017

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Video: Planting potatoes in the Dutch province of North Brabant

Planting potatoes using a Deutz Fahr Agrotron 7250 TTV with front cultivator and AVR GE-force rotary tiller for preparing the land, as well as a Miedema Structural PM 4000 belt planter ...
6/29/2017

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Key Technology presents VERYX digital sorters to Australian food processor

Key Technology introduces its VERYX family of digital sorters to the Australian food processing industry with the VERYX C140 on exhibit at the FoodPro trade show in Sydney 16-19 July, ...
6/29/2017

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Tong?s Fieldloader now comes with new design options

Tong Engineering announced new design options on its popular Fieldloader, including unique automatic transport-mode features, allowing users to make the machine even more compact for ...
6/29/2017

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Video: 16 Row massive potato harvest in Idaho

Carl Taylor from Taylor Farms in Idaho Falls, Idaho, presenting Spudnik?s 16 row harvesting system. With eight 6 row windrowers and four 4 row harvesters they are able to harvest between ...
6/26/2017

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Video: Amazing potato cutting skills

Step away from the veggie peeler, there?s an easier way to get the skin off your potatoes. In a video shared on YouTube, the ?amazing? trick has been viewed over 4 million times. Simply ...
6/26/2017

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How to manage Colorado potato beetles that survived winter

Several different locations in the Red River Valley in the US are experiencing emerging Colorado potato beetles (CPB). Ian MacRae, professor and Extension entomologist at the University ...
6/26/2017

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US: Two new Russet varieties to be released soon

Two new spud varieties are coming soon to the Pacific Northwest. Echo Russet and Castle Russet ? developed by the Tri-State Potato Breeding Program that includes Oregon, Washington ...
6/26/2017

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UK: Brexit affects potato industry

During the Europatat Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, Cedric Porter of the World Potato Markets gave a presentation titled Brexit and the Potato Industry. Last June, 52 per cent of the ...
6/25/2017

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Zambian farmer alleges market is flooded by cheap potato imports from South Africa

A commercial farmer has called on the Zambian government to protect potato growers from cheap imports from South Africa. Stuart Cooke, who is managing director of Chartonel Farms in ...
6/25/2017

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UK: Hot potatoes under Alternaria attack

Heat stress under record seasonal high early summer temperatures could trigger increased risk of an initial Alternaria attack in potato crops. Plants suffering from lack of moisture ...
6/25/2017

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Packaging and processing specialist tna opens office in Japan

tna, supplier of food processing and packaging solutions, continues to grow its global footprint with the opening of a new Japan office and the launch of a brand new Japanese website. ...
6/25/2017

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New publication: Essential guide for potato store owners on CIPC application practices

The Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group in the UK recently published a new factsheet entitled ?CIPC Application: A store owner?s guide. Essential information for making potato stores ...
6/25/2017

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Why is Bob Dylan?s face now on Chinese potato crisp bags?

News spreads fast on the Internet, and word about what appears to be Chinese potato crisp packets sporting Bob Dylan?s face could not have spread faster. Many denizens of the Internet ...
6/25/2017

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Researchers engineer heat tolerance in potato crops

Scientists at the James Hutton Institute and the University of St. Andrews have developed a technique to ?engineer? heat tolerance in potato crops, potentially providing potato breeders ...
6/25/2017

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Australia: New techniques catch potato pests on the hop on Kangaroo Island

Seed potato growers on Kangaroo Island are adopting a new strategy to manage the aphids and thrips pestering their crops, taking on expert advice from agronomists and entomologists ...
6/22/2017

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Scottish seed potato exporters eyeing new market in Kenya

Scottish seed potato growers may have another export market in the future following successful growing trials in Kenya. It follows a concerted effort by the Agricultural & Horticultural ...
6/22/2017

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Europatat Congress 2017 ? Making the European Potato Trade great

Last week on 15 & 16 June, the Europatat Congress 2017 took place, organised in coordination by Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, and Belgapom, the Belgian Potato Trade ...
6/21/2017

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High hopes for British seed potatoes in Kenya

Official potato trial seed sent to Kenya has passed initial lab tests and is now growing well in three locations. AHDB and SASA have been working together to open the Kenyan market ...
6/21/2017

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India: ?28% GST on farm implements will ruin potato industry?

Punjab potato growers and dealers apprehend a further setback if the state government goes ahead with its proposal of 28% GST on farm implements used in potato growing industry and ...
6/20/2017

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Metals from Bolivian mines affect crops and pose potential health risk, study suggests

A University of Oklahoma Civil Engineering and Environmental Science Professor Robert Nairn and his co-authors have conducted a collaborative study that suggests exposure to trace ...
6/20/2017

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Taiwan: Gov?t to control future GMO potato imports

Agriculture authorities say they?re prepared to implement controls to prevent the possible import of U.S. genetically modified (GMO) potatoes from affecting domestic growers. The U.S. ...
6/20/2017

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Australia: Research team aims to extract high quality proteins from processing wastewater

Researchers dr. Jocelyn Midgley (Simplot Australia) and professor Vicki Chen, from UNSW School of Chemical Engineering in Sydney, Australia, associate professor Jayashree Arcot and ...
6/17/2017

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Lamb Weston?s European Joint Venture completes acquisition of Oerlemans Foods? Potato Division

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LW) announced today that its European joint venture, Lamb Weston / Meijer v.o.f., has completed its acquisition of the potato division of Oerlemans ...
6/17/2017

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