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UK: Award-winning potato breeder to speak at sector conference

An award-winning potato breeder from the north-east is among the line-up of speakers confirmed for a major potato industry conference next month. Morrice Innes, who alongside his wife Ann grows and maintains nearly 700 varieties of potatoes at his home in Oldtown, Newmachar, will discuss heritage varieties at the annual conference of the SAC Association of Potato Producers (SACAPP). The full-day event[Read More…]

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US: Rising potato leaders commit to improving the industry

The Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) Class of 2017 will bring together 23 potato growers and industry representatives interested in developing their leadership potential to better serve the industry. During the eight-day program, the PILI will offer a broad view of the potato industry across production regions and markets. The program also offers accelerated training on leadership characteristics, team development,[Read More…]

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Increased integration of research with practice making ‘significant’ contribution to UK crop production

This is the general consensus of the tenth AHDB Agronomists’ Conference, which highlighted the value of farmer-led knowledge exchange initiatives and the importance of combining increasingly limited funds and resources. Delegates also heard how major new initiatives have opened up significant opportunities for the UK’s research community to tap into multi-million pound investment programmes. Around 300 agronomists, growers and other members of[Read More…]

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Potato Expo happening in San Francisco, January 4-6

One of the potato industry’s must attend events is rapidly approaching. The 2017 Potato Expo will be held in San Francisco January 4th through the 6th. National Potato Council CEO and Executive Vice President John Keeling shares more about this exciting event Keeling: “Well, what’s going to be happening is if you are involved in the potato industry, you’re going[Read More…]

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Potato-based Mars wrapper wins bioplastics award

A bioplastics packaging development by chocolate snack group Mars in partnership with Rodenburg and Taghleef Industries has won this year’s Global Bioplastics Award. Netherlands-based Rodenburg developed a special grade of its Solanyl recipe consisting of waste starch from the potato processing industry and recycled PLA (production waste from sheet extrusion). The prize was awarded to the winning companies on 29 November[Read More…]

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Worldwide exclusive sales agreement signed for potato defect cutter

Dutch industrial equipment manufacturer Optiserve has granted worldwide exclusivity to FAM – European market leader in industrial cutting solutions – for the sale of its Glide defect cutter. The Glide is a unit that automatically cuts defects from raw potato strips destined for the production of french fries. OptiServe has been selling the cutting machine with success for about 4[Read More…]

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Potato Days in the Netherlands

Potato Days is held the second week of November every year in The Netherlands. At this event, Dutch potato breeding companies showcase their varieties and clones for the table and processing markets. The three-day event attracts hundreds of potato growers and industry personnel from all over the world. Most companies have their offices near the city of Emmeloord, which makes visiting[Read More…]

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Tong showcases the latest Caretaker and Pro-Series controls at Lamma

Leading vegetable handling equipment manufacturer, Tong Engineering, is once again exhibiting at the UK’s largest farm machinery show LAMMA, to present its latest range of equipment for 2017, on stand R37. Further to advancements in the company’s Auto-Touch HMI controls, which have seen the introduction of Pro-Series control features including safety, diagnostics and maintenance features for more efficient running and minimal[Read More…]

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US: Maine Potato Board unveils new variety

This weekend, the 6th Annual Maine Harvest Festival rolls into the Cross Center in Bangor. At the center of it all will be a new variety of potato being unveiled by the Maine Potato Board. “It’s not quite as dry as a normal Russet Burbank you’d find in the stores, and it’s got some unique flavor to it. We think it’s going[Read More…]

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UK: AHDB Potatoes’ Next Generation tour the science behind the potato

AHDB Potatoes’ Next Generation headed to see the science behind potato seed on a two-day Scottish tour earlier this month. The group explored pre-basic minituber production on the first morning – the start of the process for the entire £4.8 billlion potato industry in Great Britain. Virtually all seed potato stocks produced in Scotland originate from the in-vitro, pathogen-tested microplant nuclear stock[Read More…]

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Meet researchers addressing industry challenges at Potato Expo

Researchers are addressing many of the challenges faced by the potato industry, from viruses to improved breeding methods. The 2017 Poster Session Jan 4 – 6 provides the opportunity to learn about what leading scientists are doing to tackle knowledge gaps in the potato industry.  Discuss one-on-one with leading researchers how their findings can help you overcome breeding, field and[Read More…]

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Potatoes USA curates potato recipes for athletes

“Athletic performance is an exciting area of research opportunities for many food products, like potatoes, especially here in our country, where we are so dependent on rice when it comes to carbohydrate source,” said nutrition coach Jeaneth Aro at an event hosted recently by Potatoes USA, the marketing arm of the US potato industry. The event opened with a workshop on[Read More…]

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AHDB committed to keep the UK Seed Potato Industry healthy

AHDB Potatoes has pledged to work closely with the seed potato sector and Scottish Government to ensure that the industry maintains a low level of the bacterial disease blackleg. Speaking at the Seed Industry event in St Andrew’s, AHDB Potatoes Strategy Director Rob Clayton said that while there are no easy answers when it comes to blackleg, the key to[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission’s newest commercial set to air nationwide

Does the real Idaho Potato Farmer finally find his missing truck? Find out by watching the new commercial featuring Farmer Mark and the Big Idaho Potato Truck. It will air on national cable networks — including The Food Network, CNN, Headline News, Fox News and The History and Cooking Channels — beginning Nov. 11. The commercials made their debut five years[Read More…]

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Canada: Alberta seed potato acreage may increase

It’s early days yet but the agreement reached on October 31, 2016 that allows Alberta to export to Thailand, is not expecting any challenges for its seed potatoes. “We are looking forward to developing a relationship with Thailand to get our seed over there,” said Deb Hart, Seed Potato Coordinator for Potato Growers of Alberta. “We’re so appreciative of the[Read More…]

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Researchers to keynote Idaho spud conference

When Kasia Kinzer ran the North Dakota State University Plant Diagnostic Laboratory, she had the luxury of having two of the potato industry’s top plant pathologists at her disposal to help her identify especially challenging disease samples. Now, as co-organizer of the 49th Annual Idaho Potato Conference, Kinzer is again tapping the expertise of the pathologists — Neil Gudmestad and Gary[Read More…]

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India: Mahindra HZPC opens minituber lab – Aeroponics facility to provide top quality seed potatoes

Last week, MHZPC, a 60/40 joint venture between Mahindra Agri Solutions Limited (MASL) and HZPC Holding BV, started a new, particularly modern, miniature tuber laboratory in Mohali, located in the vicinity of the city of Chandigarh in Punjab, Northern India. This facility has been opened by Mr Stoelinga, Ambassador for the Netherlands in India, in the presence of Mr Ashok[Read More…]

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UK: Seed potato exports to increase this year

The UK farming industry has promised work closely with the seed potato sector and the government to ensure that the industry maintains a low level of the fungal disease blackleg. Speaking at the Seed Industry event in St Andrew’s, Scotland, AHDB Potatoes Strategy Director, Rob Clayton, said that while there are no easy answers when it comes to blackleg, the[Read More…]

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Scots seed potato loophole needs closing

A loophole which has seen English seed potato used to grow Scottish ware potatoes needs to be closed off, growers attending this week’s AHDB Seed Potato conference at St Andrews have been told. It has become apparent in recent days that 18 crops of ware potatoes in Scotland this season were grown from seed imported from England. Furthermore, 12 of these crops were[Read More…]

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UK: Award for renowned seed producer

A seed producer from Meikle Wartle has been named as the winner of the 2016 British Potato Industry Award. Jim Cruickshank OBE, one of the most well-respected seed producers in the UK, is the 20th winner of the prestigious honour. The award is presented to individuals for their outstanding contribution to the industry. Announcing the winner at this year’s Seed[Read More…]

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US: Florida’s Jones Potato Farm receives state award for environmental leadership

Jones Potato Farm recently became the third Manatee County farming operation to receive the Florida Ag Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award since it was first presented in 1994. The previous Manatee County recipients were Pacific Tomato Growers of Palmetto in 1999 and Schroeder-Manatee Ranch of Lakewood Ranch in 1995. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam presented the awards at the Florida Farm Bureau state[Read More…]

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Tomra to launch sorter at Pack Expo

Tomra Sorting Food plans to introduce the Tomra 5B, a sorter for the vegetable, fresh-cut and potato processing industries, Nov. 6-9 at Pack Expo 2016 in Chicago. Tomra Sorting will be at booth E-7335. The sorter combines Tomra’s surround view technology with a 360-degree inspection, according to a news release. It features high resolution cameras, and LEDs provide improved light intensity for[Read More…]

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Black Gold Farms’ REDVENTURE recipe wins with judges of PMA Sensory Experience Contest

For the first time ever, one recipe won both the Buyers’ Choice and Kids’ Choice awards in the Sensory Experience Contest at the just-concluded PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, Florida. Chipotle Red Potato Lettuce Cups, a delicious and daring recipe submitted by Black Gold Farms, was recognized by both judging panels as the most delectable dish from an impressive field[Read More…]

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Award-winning rollout for Black Gold Farm’s REDVENTURE debut at PMA Fresh Summit 2016

For the first time ever, one recipe won both the Buyers’ Choice and Kids’ Choice awards in the Sensory Experience Contest at the just-concluded PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, Florida. Chipotle Red Potato Lettuce Cups, a delicious and daring recipe submitted by Black Gold Farms, was recognized by both judging panels as the most delectable dish from an impressive field[Read More…]

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