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UK: Need for change drilled home at SAC Consulting potato day

If there was a common theme at SAC Consulting potato day at Scone, it was about the need to change. Potato growing simply cannot carry on as before in the face of the real challenge of falling fresh consumption. Dr Stuart Wale, formerly of SAC and now an independent consultant, characterised the 2014 season as a mix of the good,[Read More…]

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Expert: Idaho potato industry has too much capacity

A former Potato Growers of Idaho executive director believes Idaho’s capacity to produce and pack potatoes has outgrown the market, at the expense of growers. Jim Chapman, now retired in Arizona, spoke on the overcapitalization of Idaho’s potato market Jan. 21 during the 47th Annual University of Idaho Potato Conference. “Overcapitalization is when an industry builds more capacity to produce[Read More…]

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Potatoes South Australia to push for national marketing campaign despite industry criticism

Potatoes South Australia has vowed to make a national marketing campaign its 2015 priority despite strong opposition from national industry body AUSVEG. Potatoes SA will ask growers from all states to contribute between $5 million and $8 million for a generic campaign, based on one that the potato industry has supported in Western Australia. Source: See on –[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Council should spend less on R&D, more on promotion, says NFUS

The Potato Council should shift its funding emphasis from research and development to more promotion, NFU Scotland has said. The union was responding to a meeting about the Potato Council’s draft business plan, which includes a proposal to raise the statutory levy on growers and packers. It said that new promotional work highlighting the nutritional and health benefits of potatoes[Read More…]

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India: Dutch government to help Punjab set up a centre for potato

To strengthen potato research, Punjab will set up a Centre of Excellence for Potato in Jalandhar (potato belt) in collaboration with The Netherlands, Shimla-based Central Potato Research Institute and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, with a project cost of Rs 8 crore. Spread over 50 acres, the proposed centre would be fully operational in the next six-eight months and likely to[Read More…]

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National Potato Council has been busy on behalf of US potato growers

The advocate for the economic well-being of U.S. potato growers on federal legislative, regulatory, environmental, and trade issues, the National Potato Council after many years of hard work and dedication finally got the potato back on the approved list for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children or WIC. Believe it or not, all fresh fruits and[Read More…]

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US Potato Growers select 2015 National Potato Council leadership

At the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2015 Annual Meeting, held January 9-10, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, Dan Lake from Lake Seed, Inc. of Ronan, Montana, was elected to serve as NPC’s president for 2015 and to lead the council’s Executive Committee. Lake is an owner and partner of Lake Seed, Inc. in Ronan, Montana, where he farms with his three[Read More…]

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US: New research is good news for potato lovers

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) demonstrates that the glycemic index the basis of many popular diets may ultimately not be of high importance to those who already follow a healthful diet. “Proponents of the glycemic index claim that a low-GI diet can reduce risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease” explained Katherine Beals,[Read More…]

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US: Congressional decisions benefit Red River Valley and other potato industry segments

Along with other sectors of the national potato industry, Red River Valley grower-shippers will benefit from the U.S. Senate passing the $1.1 trillion Consolidated & Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which is part of the 2015 spending bill. Ted Kreis, marketing director of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, credits the lobbying work of the National Potato Council staff in Washington,[Read More…]

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Potato Council research ‘vital’ for UK industry

A potato grower says the research work of the Potato Council is “vital” to maintain the UK’s position as a leading producer. The council, a division of crop levy payers group the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, works to make the UK potato industry more sustainable and profitable. It has launched a seven week open consultation on its 2015-18 plan.[Read More…]

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Canada: Prince Edward Island Potato Board elects officers, members

Potato growers on Prince Edward Island elected a new leader for their industry board, selecting Alex Docherty to serve as chairman of the PEI Potato Board. Docherty, who owns and operates Skyeview Farms Ltd. in Elmwood with his family, succeeds Gary Linkletter as chairman. Linkletter served four years in the board’s leadership position, according to a news release. Source:[Read More…]

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Canada: PEI Potato Board increases food tampering information reward to $100,000

On November 10, 2014, the PEI Potato Board offered a reward of up to $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for inserting sewing needles into potatoes of Linkletter Farms Ltd. which were destined for human consumption. With new industry contributions, the reward being offered is now $100,000 for information leading[Read More…]

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US: Chip growers invited to USPB Chip Committee meeting

In less than two months the United States Potato Board will hold the Chip Committee Meeting on Wednesday, January 7th in Orlando right before the Potato Expo begins. USPB Manager of Industry Communication and Policy David Fairbourn encourages Chip growers to participate in this event. Source: See on – Global Potato News

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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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