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U.S. Potato Board hosts seminar for chefs

Fourteen chefs attended the U.S. Potato Board’s annual Global Potato Seminar at the Culinary Institute of America.  This was the 10th year of the two-day seminar, which covers trends in fresh, frozen and dehydrated potato usage, according to a news release from the Denver-based board.  Chefs from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia were among those in attendance at the show[Read More…]

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Australia: Young people want to buy more potatoes

The future of Aussie potatoes is bright, with industry research indicating that more young people are eager to increase their potato purchases in the future. The second wave of results from the industry-funded Potato Tracker project has been released, shedding light on the triggers that influence consumers’ purchasing habits of fresh potatoes. “This month’s results show an increase in the[Read More…]

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Canada: Prince Edward Island Potato Board sets reward in tampering case

The potato industry in Prince Edward Island is coming together to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for recent potato tampering incidents. The Prince Edward Island Potato Board said in a release Monday, up to $50,000 will be available in a fund recently set up. The tampering cases involve[Read More…]

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Thinkpiece about millennials and potatoes

Who isn’t thinking about millennials? The Pew Research Center is thinking about millennials. So is CBS News. And people with assistants in Hollywood. The White House. Left-leaning political magazines. And, of course, the United States Potato Board. “To stay relevant and increase demand for potatoes,” the Board wrote, “it will be critical to understand Millennials and how potatoes fit into[Read More…]

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UK: Keeping sprouts at bay

During September nationwide CIPC Stewardship meetings focused on the new 2014/15 label requirements, Best Practice for CIPC use and the ways alternatives can complement a successful sprout suppression regime. In July, the CIPC Approval Holders announced new label rates for 2014/15. These are now 30 grams/tonne for the fresh market and 58 g/t for processing. The maximum single dose has[Read More…]

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US potato reps wrap up successful trade mission

Officials from the Pacific Northwest wrapped up another successful trade mission on Nov. 4. “The Oregon Potato Commission and the Washington State Potato Commission worked jointly to coordinate the details involved in an effort to highlight our states’ potatoes in the relatively new markets [of the Philippines and Vietnam] for fresh potatoes from the Northwest,” Ryan Holterhoff, WSPC director of[Read More…]

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Promoting and protecting the potato sector

People love potatoes – that much is clear – but despite this, shoppers are buying fewer of them. In order to better understand market influences, Potato Council has long used independently commissioned research to look at, and respond to, purchasing behaviour. Source: See on – Global Potato News

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Maine Potato Board named 2014 Young Farmer of the Year

Every year, the Maine Potato Board recognizes a young farmer who has an outstanding farming practice that shows growth in their farming operations. This honor recognizes this person as a leader in the farming industry. Hard working, innovative, And passionate about farming. That’s how family and colleagues describe Robert Irving, Vice President of Irving Farms in Caribou, who was named[Read More…]

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The World Potato Congress Industry Awards are open for nominations

The World Potato Congress Industry Awards are an important and prestigious event on the international potato scene and the nominations for next years are now open. The President of the World Potato Congress (WPC), David Thompson, Canada, and the Chairman of the WPC Industry Awards Committee, Douglas Harley, Scotland, have announced that nominations are now being called for the 2015[Read More…]

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Idaho potato export markets are increasingly important

Export markets are increasingly important outlets for U.S.-grown potatoes in general and specifically for Idaho, according to Frank Muir, president of the Idaho Potato Commission. Speaking at the 86th annual convention of the Idaho Grower Shipper Association in Sun Valley, ID, Aug. 28, Muir commended the U.S. Potato Board for the efforts it is making to open or re-open various[Read More…]

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Australia: Potato industry roasts PM in NZ import row

A CARTOON portraying Prime Minister Julia Gillard and senior ministers Joe Ludwig and Craig Emerson as children playing a video game has been launched by the potato industry as part of its war to block imports of New Zealand potatoes. AUSVEG, an industry body representing Australia’s 9000 vegetable growers has been fighting a biosecurity proposal to lift a 24-year import[Read More…]

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PAA honors four spud leaders

The Potato Association of America has named four industry leaders as new honorary life members, the organization’s highest recognition. PAA presented the award July 31 to Chuck Brown, a potato breeder with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Prosser, Wash.; University of Idaho Extension potato specialist Phil Nolte; Sam Thornton, with Syngenta in Moses Lake, Wash.; and Jim Zalewski, a[Read More…]

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U.S. Potato Board focuses on growth

The U.S. Potato Board remains positive about export growth and retail programs in the U.S. and abroad, even with the setbacks in the Mexico export deal. John Toaspern, chief marketing officer, and Sarah Reece, global retail marketing manager, spoke to a full room at the 86th annual convention of the Idaho Grower-Shipper Association. Export numbers for the 2013-14 season made[Read More…]

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US: Jensen leads potato research organization

Andy Jensen, tri-state research director for the Idaho, Oregon and Washington potato commissions, is leading the Potato Association of America as president. Jensen says his priority for his one-year term is to promote and report the best potato science possible. More

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Northern Ireland: Potato industry agree to collect potato promotion funding

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has held a meeting with potato industry stakeholders to discuss the best way forward for the industry with potato packers, merchants and producers agreeing that a promotions and marketing campaign is needed to address the continual decline in potato consumption. Source: See on – Potato News

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UK: Potatoes in Practice delivers broad technical programme

Despite pressure on growers to get combining out of the way before bad weather closed in, Potatoes in Practice (PiP), held on 7 August, saw high visitor numbers with over 650 industry attending. Dr Rob Clayton, Director of Potato Council which sponsors the event, spoke alongside Prof. Iain Gordon, CEO of the James Hutton Institute. Rob told visitors that “We[Read More…]

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Canada: Dr. Peter VanderZaag appointed to International Advisory Committee of World Potato Congress

David Thompson, President and CEO of World Potato Congress Inc. announced the appointment of Dr. Peter VanderZaag, President: SunRISE Potato Ltd, Alliston, Ontario, Canada, to the organization’s International Advisory Committee. President Thompson noted that Dr. VanderZaag brings extensive and valuable experience to the Advisory Committee. “World Potato Congress Inc. consults, on an ongoing basis, with the Committee,” noted Thompson, “I[Read More…]

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Western Australia: Economic Regulation Authority recommends abolishment of potato marketing board

Western Australia’s economic regulator thinks the state’s potatoes are over-priced, of poor quality and consumers are denied choice of varieties. The potato industry in WA is highly regulated. The Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) report into microeconomic reform in WA recommends the potato marketing board be abolished, much to the disappointment of some potato growers. Source: See on –[Read More…]

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Supporting the Scottish potato industry

Potato Council has been working to raise the profile of potatoes amongst Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), promoting their health and sustainability credentials and creating awareness of the significant contribution they make to the Scottish economy. As a result, a Members’ Debate on potatoes took place in Scottish Parliament recently. Following several meetings with Potato Council, Claire Baker MSP,[Read More…]

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UK: Angus event helps growers tackle PCN

Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) was the topic of the afternoon at this new technical event held this July at the family farm of John Reid at Newmill of Balgavies, near Forfar. PCN was identified as one of the top five issues facing the industry as a whole during Potato Council’s 2013 “Direction through Dialogue” discussions throughout 2013. Welcoming the large[Read More…]

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US: Spud leaders give GMO guarded endorsement

Leaders with the National Potato Council have taken a stance in favor of biotechnology, and U.S. Potato Board leaders are scheduled to vote on the issue soon. The National Potato Council’s board of directors has officially endorsed the safety and usefulness of genetically modified technology, as well as voluntary labeling of GMO products. But unofficially, industry leaders retain concerns about how companies advancing GMO potatoes, such as J.R. Simplot, will segregate their biotech tubers and how foreign markets will react.


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US: Potato commission director target of political accusation by candidate

Chris Voigt is the target of a political campaign accusation. 

The Moses Lake resident and Washington State Potato Commission executive director is accused of using commission resources to support U.S. congressional candidate Dan Newhouse. 

It has led to an investigation by the Washington State Executive Ethics Board to determine if Voigt’s actions on behalf of Newhouse’s campaign used state tax funded resources.


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UK: Potato Council attempts to fight consumption decline

The Potato Council has unveiled a new report aimed at addressing declining UK consumption trends. Figures for the year to May 25 show UK potato sales suffered an 8 per cent volume decline despite a 3.8 per cent rise in the category’s value as a whole last year. Prices are also suffering and the GB weekly average price for the week to June 27 was £146.05/tonne compared with £301.94/t for the same period last year.


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USPB Makes Changes in Marketing Department to Better Leverage

See on – Potato News When the new fiscal year begins for the United States Potato Board on July first, one change will be the merging of the USPB’s Domestic and International Marketing Departments. USPB Chief Marketing Officer John Toaspern shares more details. See on

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