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Australia: No fresh potato imports at this stage

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsThe Senate Committee hearing into the import of fresh potatoes from New Zealand, says the Department of Agriculture has underestimated the biosecurity risks associated with the plan, and wants a thorough investigation. The Committee has recommended a formal Import Risk Analysis (IRA) to be conducted before commencing the importation of fresh potatoes from New Zealand.[Read[Read More…]

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US: The potato fights for its nutritional reputation

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsThe lowly spud got snubbed by the federal government this month and that set Wisconsin potato growers to grinding their teeth. So when the U.S. Department of Agriculture left the white potato off the list of approved foods for purchase under the federal Women, Infants and Children voucher system (WIC), the potato industry here took[Read[Read More…]

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Zebra Chip claims are ‘myths’ says Potatoes New Zealand

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsClaims the potato disease Zebra Chip has ravaged the New Zealand potato industry have been dismissed as myths by industry body Potatoes NZ. A Senate inquiry into whether to allow imports of New Zealand potatoes handed down its final report recently. It recommended maintaining bans on fresh New Zealand potatoes until an independent risk analysis[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato farmers disgruntled at exclusion from WIC Program

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsU.S. potato growers have again been snubbed by government officials who have kept fresh spuds off the list of approved foods for the federal Women, Infants and Children voucher system. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture expanded low-income families’ access to produce and whole grains through the WIC program. The white potato continues[Read[Read More…]

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2014 USPB grower survey results: ‘Support now stronger than ever’

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsComing out of the January 2005 Grower Survey, 73% of U.S. potato growers rated the job being done by the United States Potato Board (USPB) as “excellent or good.” By many standards that level of support for an industry organization is very strong.See on www.perishablenews.com You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Canada: P.E.I. Potato Board heralds environmental record

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsThe P.E.I. Potato Board says it’s time for the public to move past the history and look at what today’s potato growers are doing to protect the environment. Gary Linkletter, chairman of the P.E.I. Potato Board, emphasizes that “potato farmers of today have learned a lot from past challenges and are making tangible changes in[Read[Read More…]

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USPB Surveys Growers With Positive Results – AgInfo.net

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsEvery five years the United States Potato Board survey growers about their perceptions of the board and their policies. Using the USPB data base a representative sample of the all potato growers in the United States were surveyed to determine trends in five areas. David Fraser, USPB Vice President Industry Communications and Policy, shares the 2014[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: Humble spud back in flavour

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsThe humble spud is regaining ground on the back of a marketing blitz launched after it fell out of favour with Western Australian households.Potato Marketing Corporation executives took action to stop the rot after home consumption in WA plunged by 20 per cent from 2002 to the start of last year.See on au.news.yahoo.com You are unauthorized[Read More…]

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US Potato board gets aggressive on health messages

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The U.S. Potato Board isn’t shy about raising the topic: Are potatoes a fattening worthless starch with empty calories That question is displayed prominently on the group’s website, and while the site demonstrates why that’s far from the truth, the board continues to fight that perception. It’s one of the main[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho growers sign Simplot contract

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsCapital Press. J.R. Simplot Co. growers represented by Southern Idaho Potato Cooperative have reached a contract that reduces their payments by about 2 percent..See on www.capitalpress.com You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Canada: Potato processors enter water debate as stakes increase

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsThe Guardian CharlottetownThe stakes are being raised in the divisive debate on deep-water wells for supplemental irrigation of potatoes on Prince Edward Island. Now, it’s about processing contracts, the ability of growers to fulfil those contracts and the future of our two major french fry processors. Last week, the spectre of Cavendish Farms or McCains[Read[Read More…]

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State commissions combine on potato research

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsThe Washington, Oregon and Idaho potato commissions have joined to share funding for research projects. Chris Voigt, executive director, Washington State Potato Commission, Moses Lake, said the collaboration came about because federal and state funding for agriculture research is becoming scarcer.See on www.thegrower.com You are unauthorized to view this page.

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US: Nutrition education ranks as top priority for potato growers, associations

See on Scoop.it – Potato News The nutrition message for potatoes is still a strong focus for promotions. Growers and associations have both placed nutrition education at the top of their priority lists. (Nutrition education ranks as top priority for potato growers, ass.See on www.thepacker.com You are unauthorized to view this page.

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US: Potato Prowess

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Industry organizations invest in promotions and research that get spuds sold. See on www.progressivegrocer.com You are unauthorized to view this page.

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