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US Potato Growers offer Trump suggestions to improve NAFTA

In a letter to the President of the United States, the National Potato Council (NPC) provided specific recommendations on how the Administration can improve the terms of trade for ...
4/20/2017

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Venezuela: The delay in seed imports complicates potato production

The potato production's problems multiplied this season. The delay in seed imports was decisive. The sowing cycle began later than usual and 50% of the crop was lost at the start of ...
4/20/2017

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US: MSU encourages potato growers to pick disease-free seeds

Starting the season with disease-free potato seed stock is the first step in establishing a good stand that will maximize yield potential. There are several diseases growers should ...
4/19/2017

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Potatoes belong in healthy diets

Potato marketers long have said their product has been saddled with a bad health rap, but new research seems to be changing that scenario, according to a recent report from the Alliance ...
4/19/2017

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Belgian potato processing sector rounds off a record year for 2016

2016 was an absolute record year for the Belgian potato procession sector, according to the conclusions of Belgapom, the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry. ...
4/19/2017

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Japan suffering dire potato chip shortage, some bags selling for $14

A compromised crop of potatoes on Japan?s north island of Hokkaido has forced one the country?s largest chip manufacturers to halt production of some of its most popular flavors. Now ...
4/18/2017

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Nearly 100 jobs lost after UK potato processor closes

Beverley-based potato processor M&F lost nearly 100 staff who were made redundant following the failure of a 9m-turnover business which supplied peeled, chipped and sliced potatoes ...
4/18/2017

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NL: Science embraces potato as sustainable choice during Second Potato Congress

The Second Potato Congress of 16 March drew many dieticians, scientists, weight consultants and representatives from the potato sector. The Potato Congress is organised by the Dutch ...
4/18/2017

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AHDB Potatoes adds five new board members

AHDB Potatoes has announced the addition of five new members to its board, replacing five members who came to the end of their service this March. The new members are Daniel Metheringham, ...
4/18/2017

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Pakistan's potato exports remain crippled after Russia's import ban

Pakistan's potato exports have remained low ever since Russia barred the entry of the vegetable in May 2015 on food safety grounds after detecting some diseased consignments. Since ...
4/18/2017

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Cypriot potatoes becoming increasingly popular in Europe

"This is a product that stands out for the careful process of selection and packaging," explains Gaetano Modugno, manager of the company Evergreen di Modugno Gaetano. These potatoes, ...
4/18/2017

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North Dakota potato acreage could drop slightly

The number of potato acres that will be planted in North Dakota in 2017 is more difficult to project than in most years as several factors figure into making it the tough call. ?Coming ...
4/13/2017

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Spot Farm Scotland trials show benefits of reduced cultivation depths

Commercial trials carried out at AHDB?s Strategic Potato (Spot) Farm in Perthshire have shown that reducing cultivation depths can lower input costs while maintaining or increasing ...
4/13/2017

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Japan Potato Shortage Caused by Typhoons Threatens Chip Sales

Freak typhoons hit the island of Hokkaido last year decimating potato crops, prompting Calbee to suspend production of the country?s favorite snacks and chip selections while it replenishes ...
4/13/2017

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Italy: A good year for potatoes

"The market is going very well, I wish every year could be like this. Consumption is good and everything worked out well - quantities are not excessive, quality is excellent and demand ...
4/13/2017

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NZ research shows huge potential for mesh covered potato crops

A group of Lincoln University researchers in New Zealand have seen promising results from a trial of using mesh cover to protect potato crops from insect pests. The effectiveness of ...
4/12/2017

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US: Tasteful Selections adds new flavor to the Take and Shake line

Tasteful Selections?, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., is pleased to announce the release of a new flavor in their Tasteful Selections Take & Shake? line: Cheddar Cheese. Cheddar ...
4/12/2017

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Canadian farmers to plant GM potatoes in 2017

Industry experts believe 2017 will be the year J.R. Simplot Company's genetically modified potatoes will begin being planted in Canada. ?Other than plot-sized production, there was ...
4/12/2017

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Indian government agrees to procure 100,000tn of potatoes

The Union Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday approved the procurement of potatoes under the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) in Uttar Pradesh for 2016-17. According to a release, a maximum ...
4/12/2017

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US Senator receives over 2,000 potatoes in the mail

Senator Ron Johnson got an unwelcome surprise when he received 2,000 potatoes in the mail. The culprit was the Cards Against Humanity team, creators of a popular card game who are ...
4/12/2017

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Japanese crisp companies reduce product offerings due to spud shortage

A shortage of potatoes from Hokkaido has meant that snack food makers Calbee Inc. and Koikeya Inc. have been forced to stop the sale of some of their potato chip brands. The spud shortage ...
4/12/2017

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Spain: Increased demand for new potatoes greater than production growth

Next week will be marked by the arrival of the first early potatoes in Seville, following the start of the harvest of the extra-early potatoes of Malaga. "The weather conditions have ...
4/12/2017

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'Supply of early potatoes from Cyprus scarce for a while'

?The early season for potatoes can be compared to previous years, broadly speaking. There are some differences. For example, prices are slightly higher, and Cyprus started later. They ...
4/12/2017

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Potato pilot project showing results in Guyana

A 90-day Irish potato trial project is currently underway in Guyana and, on its eight week, is now showing some positive results. This comes from a cooperation between the Natioinal ...
4/10/2017

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US: Potato Field Day Set to Dig Up Solutions for Florida Farmers

o showcase and discuss the latest developments in production and crop protection, the UF/IFAS Hastings Agricultural Extension Center will host its annual Potato Field Day at its Cowpen ...
4/10/2017

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Pom?Alliance and Pomuni join forces

Pom?Alliance and Pomuni will join forces to achieve synergies and to have their complementary activities in the fresh potato sector. Both companies signed mutual cooperation agreements ...
4/10/2017

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Requirements of crisp factories make washing potatoes a necessity

Thomas Thuillier from French cooperative Chipex has noticed that the requirements of crisp factories are becoming ever higher. The company supplies about 100,000 tonnes of potatoes ...
4/10/2017

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LaJoie & Davenport Appointed To Lead Potatoes USA Industry Outreach Committee

Jay LaJoie of Van Buren, Maine and Jason Davenport of Arvin, California were appointed to the Potatoes USA Executive Committee on March 16, 2017, at the organization?s 45th Annual ...
4/10/2017

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McCain South Africa increases water efficiency to combat drought

The impact of South Africa's drought on local farmers, producers, and consumers have been immense with a significant impact on agricultural yields, quality and price. This is forcing ...
4/7/2017

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Michigan potato growers embrace sustainable farming

In order to preserve Michigan's potato industry, which contributes approximately $550 million annually to the state?s economy, producers in the state are focusing on bettering management ...
4/7/2017

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Spot Farm Scotland trials show benefits of reduced cultivation depths

Commercial trials carried out at AHDB?s Strategic Potato (Spot) Farm in Perthshire have shown that reducing cultivation depths can lower input costs while maintaining or increasing ...
4/7/2017

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Spain: Government working to allow return of Canary potatoes to the EU

The Government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment are doing "everything they can so that Canary potatoes can be exported again to the territory of the ...
4/7/2017

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US: Potato promotions pivot from defense to offense

At the 2017 Potatoes USA annual meeting, in his ?The Power of Potatoes? 2017 annual meeting address, president and CEO Blair Richardson related a question he was asked at his very ...
4/3/2017

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Cros Agro Allied invests $65m in Nigeria's potato sector

Cros Agro Allied Ltd, a Nigerian agribusiness company, has announced plans to invest $65 million in Nigeria?s potato sector. In the long term, this should help create over 30,000 jobs ...
4/3/2017

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Australian ag dept may dump 5000 tons of seed potatoes to prevent outbreak

The Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food have enacted trade restrictions today, which may see over 5000 tons of seed potato discarded in an attempt to combat an outbreak ...
4/3/2017

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Disease-free potato seed key to successful crop

Starting the season with disease-free potato seed stock is the first step in establishing a good stand that will maximize yield potential. There are several diseases growers should ...
4/3/2017

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Prince Edward Island potato farmer heads Canadian ag council

Prince Edward Island potato farmer Alvin Keenan is leading a national lobbying group that represents more than 120 agricultural commodities in Canada. The organization deals with any ...
4/3/2017

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Fiji potato revitalisation program giving growers hope

In Fiji the Agriculture Ministry's potato revitalisation program is giving hope to a group of potato farmers in the Sigatoka Valley. Co-operative treasurer of the Nabaka Holding Society, ...
4/3/2017

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Grower leaders elected at Potatoes USA

The Potatoes USA grower membership elected new leadership during its Annual Meeting held in Denver, CO, March 13-16. The Potatoes USA executive committee is comprised by the chair, ...
4/3/2017

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Interseed becomes new shareholder of Breeders Trust

The seed potato breeding company Interseed Potatoes GmbH located at Wittmund Germany, recently became the newest shareholder of Breeders Trust. Breeders Trust supports its shareholders ...
3/29/2017

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Dr. Oz gives Americans permission to eat potatoes again

Fresh Solutions Network applauded the March 23rd episode of Dr. Oz ? giving American?s ?Permission to eat potatoes again? noting that potatoes are ?nutrient power houses? that surprisingly ...
3/29/2017

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Australia: Victorian potato farmers urged to remain vigilant for potato psyllid

After the Tomato Potato Psyllid was found in Western Australia horticulturists in Victoria are being urged to implement best practice biosecurity measures in order to prevent the spread ...
3/29/2017

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Farm Frites proposes 70K ton capacity potato processing factory in Argentina

Earlier this month, Farm Frites proposed a plan to establish a potato processing facility in Mar del Plata, Argentina with an annual capacity of 70.000 tonnes of finished product. ...
3/29/2017

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Spain: Castile-Leon's potato acreage could exceed 20,000 hectares

Potato planting is currently underway in Castile-Leon, although the activities have slowed down in recent days due to the low temperatures. The earliest plantings started at the beginning ...
3/29/2017

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North America: Guarding against Dickeya

With clean seed recognized as the best defence against this new blackleg-causing pathogen, the demand for Dickeya testing is growing fast. After triggering major crop losses in the ...
3/27/2017

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UK: January potato stocks reach parity with 2016 levels

GB potato stock levels at the end of January were at a similar level to the same point in 2016, despite a four-year low yield, according an AHDB survey of grower stocks. The figure ...
3/27/2017

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Egyptian potatoes imported by Syria to tackle high prices

n order to ensure that the needs of the domestic market are met and to put an end to the dramatic increase of prices caused by the Syrian crisis, a batch of 5 thousand tonnes of Egyptian ...
3/27/2017

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UK: McCain commits 100m to ?decades more? at Scarborough site

McCain Foods said it was committing itself to Yorkshire ?for decades? after it announced the investment of 100m into its Scarborough plant operation. The food production giant, which ...
3/27/2017

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Potatoes grown from Dutch seeds may save Africa from hunger

Potatoes grown from Dutch seeds yield two to four times bigger harvests for small-scale, poor farmers in East Africa than potatoes grown using local seed potatoes. As such, potatoes ...
3/27/2017

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US: NPC asks EPA to keep chlorpyrifos available

Last week National Potato Council and an alliance of organizations wrote to EPA Administrator Pruitt in support of chlorpyrifos. EPA is to decide by month's end on whether to revoke ...
3/13/2017

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