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Study: Potato effective for boosting athletic performance

Consuming potato puree instead of commercial carbohydrate gel gives the same result to athletes for sustaining blood glucose levels during long workout sessions, claims a study. “Research has shown that ingesting concentrated carbohydrate gels during prolonged exercise promotes carbohydrate availability during exercise and improves exercise performance,” said University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Nicholas Burd, who led the[Read More…]

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Pike Lake Farms in Canada offers ‘diabetic friendly’ potatoes

Although potatoes can be a tasty treat, they can wreak havoc on the blood sugar level of people with diabetes—at least, that had been the rule until Montana State University researchers developed the Huckleberry Gold potato, which is now being harvested at Pike Lake Farms in Sheguiandah in Canada’s Ontario province.  “This is our first year growing them. When we[Read More…]

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UK potatoes delisted from Poland’s largest supermarket chain

British potatoes have been delisted from a number of lines in Biedronka, Poland’s largest supermarket, due to fears of a no-deal Brexit. A large UK potato exporter has had to cancel orders with its growers as a result. Overnight, the British exporter lost a market to which it sent a large number of potatoes every month. “We received an e-mail[Read More…]

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Tasmanian potato growers win ABC Rural Farmer of Year Award

Tasmanian potato growers Susie and Gerard Daly have been recognised for their innovation and dedication to the agriculture industry by winning the Kondinin Group and ABC Rural 2019 Australian Farmer of the Year Award at a ceremony held at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 16 October 2019. The award was presented as part of the 2019 Kondinin Group and[Read More…]

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Idaho Potato Commission doubles up to push message at event

The Produce News reports that when Idaho Potato Commission representatives encounter customers for their product at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, they have a singular message: continue to stock and promote Idaho potatoes as the premium potato in the category. The trade commodity group uses multiple vehicles to hammer home this message. The organization will have a large booth[Read More…]

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India sets quality standards for global potato trade

Quality standards proposed by India will apply to global trade in potatoes. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, an international food standards body established jointly by the Food and Agriculture organization and the World Health Organization, has approved these standards at a session in Mexico. India’s Agriculture commissioner, SK Malhotra, who chaired the global working group for development of standards for potato,[Read More…]

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Red River Valley growers in the US report various conditions

Growers in the Red River Valley report that varying weather conditions across the valley could affect harvest conditions and volumes. “Conditions have varied depending on location,” said Carissa Olsen, chief operating officer of Buxton, N.D.-based NoKota Packers Inc.  “Some areas had adequate moisture, some below average and some are very wet.” Droughts, followed by periods of heavy rain have taken place[Read[Read More…]

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Organic potato acreage increasing in the US in response to demand

The appeal of organic potatoes is increasing and growers are planting more acreage in response. This is according to Jeff Stachelek of Albert Bartlett USA, and is supported by Nielsen sales data. Stachelek says that the majority of growth in the potato category is occurring in the specialty types like bite-sized and fingerlings, as well as organic. As a result,[Read More…]

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‘Potatoes in Practice’: The big issues for the industry

Coming from the Potatoes in Practice event in Dundee in the UK, this podcast covers key topics from the potato industry, including: Chemical loss, potato nutrition and importance of seed quality for export. Below you can find information on each of the speakers and their subject by using the links below: Potatoes in Practice - https://www.hutton.ac.uk/events/potatoes-practice-2019 - Greg Dawson Scottish Agronomy - https://www.hutton.ac.uk/news/future-chemistry-focus-potatoes-practice - Prof[Read More…]

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Potato harvest underway in southern Idaho

KMVT’s Ricardo Coronado spoke with J&W Agri-Corp to see how they’re expecting to be on schedule in transportation despite the recent rainy conditions. Near 65,000 or 70,000 pounds of potatoes fill up this truck, it’s pretty normal sight to see this time of year and for Justin Johnson with J&W Agri-Corp. It’s one of his favorites. “… Because everybody comes[Read More…]

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‘Adopt a potato farmer’ program viewed by millions around the world

Side Delights’ in the US’s “Adopt a Potato Farmer” program has brought awareness to food bloggers and their audiences. The program paired regional food bloggers and Fresh Solutions Network farmers who grow Side Delights potatoes to share their stories, according to a news release. Bloggers shared farmers’ stories and recipes on their websites and social media platforms and generated more than two[Read More…]

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Customers prefer New Zealand grown potatoes, industry body says

Supermarket chain Countdown says its biggest selling potato is still the one with the least flavour – white washed potatoes – providing an opportunity for growers. This is according to industry body Potatoes New Zealand. The organization says in a press release that countdown business manager vegetables Grant Robinson is of the opinion that potatoes were a pantry staple, with[Read More…]

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New potato variety launched in Canada’s Alberta province

Companies are noting that locally sourced products are becoming increasingly important for today’s shopper. They say consumers are hungry for fruits and vegetables that are grown nearby, and also factor in environmental sustainability when making purchases. Canadian-based, grower, shipper, packer Thomas Fresh has recently launched a unique line of exclusively ‘Alberta’, grown potatoes. “We have been bringing Canadian potatoes to[Read More…]

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US potato coop goes belly-up

The mood was upbeat and confident at the Malin Potato Cooperative in February of 2015. The Merrill, Oregon, agricultural co-op was preparing to open a brand-new, $7 million state-of-the-art potato packing plant. The co-op’s members had been convinced the investment would provide a much-needed lift with the promise of high efficiency and new organic markets. “It’s exciting,” says Dave Cacka[Read More…]

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How a potato could propel Wardynski & Sons through another 100 years

Skip Wardynski is hoping failure breeds success. It was just five years ago that his century-old hot dog company thought it had found the next big thing: a low-fat hot dog called Duetts that would appeal to increasingly health conscious consumers and put the Peckham Street, New York state company on the national map. Back then, the company came up[Read More…]

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Mailing service lets you send messages on a potato

We’ve all been there, writing a letter to a bestie when suddenly you have the dawning realisation – this message would be better if it was written on a vegetable! Because everyone loves writing letters and everyone loves vegetables, particularly potatoes. But now, to save yourself having to go to the daily effort of writing your messages on vegetables which we[Read More…]

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US potato farmers seek new trade deal with Mexico to ‘level the playing field’

Potato farmers are asking U.S. agricultural officials for support in expanding export trade into Mexico, writes Noi Mahoney in Freight Waves. Currently, American potato farmers and exporters are mostly barred from selling fresh potatoes in Mexico due to restrictions by the Mexican government, namely that U.S. growers can only sell fresh potatoes within a 26-kilometer (about 16-mile) zone across the[Read More…]

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New antioxidant rich, red skinned potato variety developed by Indian scientists

Kufri Neelkanth is a new table purpose medium maturing specialty potato cultivar released for cultivation in the Northern Indian plains. It is rich in antioxidants (anthocyanins and carotenoids. The average yield of the variety is 35-38 t/ha. The tubers of the variety are dark purple black, oval in shape with medium deep eyes, cream flesh, good storability, medium dry matter[Read More…]

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Sweet potatoes vs. potatoes: Which are healthier? Nutritionists weigh in

Potatoes are practical and delish, but they’ve gotten a bit of a bad rap, nutritionally speaking. Sweet potatoes have swooped in as a trendy tater alternative, and so began the sweet potato vs. potato health debate. This, according to an article written by Jennifer Nied and published in Women’s Health magazine today. But are sweet potatoes truly healthier than potatoes?[Read More…]

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The Germans’ insatiable love affair with potatoes

They were once guarded by the king and are sometimes eaten with apple sauce. For Potato Day on August 19, here are some things you maybe didn’t know about potatoes in Germany, published by Deutsche Welle (DW). We re-publish a few of these below. Go to this page on the DW website and click on the potato picture to see[Read More…]

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Big Idaho Potato Truck rolls on; high-quality crop expected

According to a report by The Packer, the Big Idaho Potato Truck will be back for another year of rolling promotions for what is expected to be a high-quality potato crop, Idaho Potato Commission president and CEO Frank Muir told attendees at the 2019 Idaho Grower Shippers Association Convention. In previewing the commission’s marketing and promotion plans at the Sun Valley meeting, Muir said[Read More…]

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French company Select’Up joins Europatat

In a press release issued earlier today, Europatat says it warmly welcomes the French company Select’Up. Select’Up specialises in the growing, importing and exporting of potatoes, and joined Europatat this year. Select’Up was established in 2006. It has since developed its own lab in the Beauce’s region of France. The company says it has a clear objective: to combine trade and technology[Read More…]

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Rwanda ready to trial GM potato varieties

Rwanda is set to join other Eastern Africa countries in growing genetically modified (GM) potato varieties, a technology that has, in the past, attracted wide-ranging public scrutiny in the country. Dr. Patrick Karangwa, the Director General of the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), told participants at the African Potato Association (APA) in Kigali that the country will try a potato variety[Read More…]

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Increased potato consumption expected in Ireland

Consumption is expected to increase this week as schools re-open after the summer break, the Tipperary Times reports.  According to the report, favourable weather has improved digging conditions in areas that were affected by heavy rain last week however, digging of new season Rooster is taking a back seat this week as a lot of farmers are busy harvesting cereals.[Read More…]

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