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Irish potato farmers 'afraid' of pasta, rice and poor prices

49% of potato farmers in Ireland see competition from other carbohydrates such as pasta and rice as one of the biggest challenges facing the potato industry. Among the other major challenges to the sector listed were price, competition from imports and the loss of plant protection products. These results came from a poll taken to gauge the feeling in the Irish industry and[Read More…]

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Potatoes South Australia and industry band together to send wooden bins to fire ravaged Kangaroo Island

In response to the horrific bushfires on Kangaroo Island, Potatoes South Australia Inc has come up with some very practical assistance. Saddened by the devastating impact of the bushfires local farming communities in many parts of Australia, the unprecedented fires that have ravaged more than one third of Kangaroo Island are of particular concern for its members, stakeholders and their[Read More…]

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EAPR 2020 Conference: 'An inspiring program and diversified range of potato specialists,' says President

The 21st Triennial Conference of the European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) will be hosted in Warsaw, Poland, 6-10 July 2020. The Conference will be organized in Hilton Warsaw Hotel And Convention Centre, in the very heart of the city, with an excellent access to all means of transport, as well as to many tourist attractions, museums and the Old[Read More…]

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The Potato Sustainability Alliance: New organization drives sustainability in the potato sector

Key players in the U.S. and Canadian potato industries announced at Potato Expo earlier this year the creation of a new organization dedicated to sustainability in the potato sector, the Potato Sustainability Alliance.  “Ten years ago, a group of potato processors, farmers, distributors and a major restaurant chain collaborated to create the Potato Sustainability Initiative,” said Ed Schneider of Schneider[Read More…]

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Eye on Potatoes Podcast: Potato Nutrition Research – The recipe for Good Food Policy

The podcast called “Eye on Potatoes” has been created by the National Potato Council in the US. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts, it provides an opportunity for growers throughout the country and policy makers in Washington to learn about industry policy priorities. According to Kam Quarles, NPC CEO, “Eye on Potatoes is a terrific way to keep[Read More…]

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Ireland: Bord Bia launches EU funded potato consumption campaign – aimed at millennials

Details of a joint initiative with promotional agencies in France and Belgium with the aim of promoting fresh potatoes among European millennials have been announced by Bord Bia today, Breifne O’Brien of AgriLand reports. Bord Bia – alongside CNIPT (France), VLAM (Belgium) and Europatat (EU Potato Trade Association) – will launch a new campaign titled: ‘Potatoes, prepare to be surprised[Read More…]

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16th International Berlin Potato Evening: 'We need to regain trust and talk to people proactively'

Almost 500 guests from more than 15 countries and around 200 companies and institutions took part in the 16th edition of the International Berlin Potato Evening this week, FreshPlaza reports. In addition to the regular regular guests, many new and especially young participants found their way to the ballroom of the Hilton Berlin to enjoy an evening dedicated entirely to[Read More…]

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Industry veterans join Wisconsin association’s Hall of Fame

Larry Alsum, president and CEO of Alsum Farms & Produce Inc., and Dick Okray, president of Okray Family Farms, are the newest members of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Association Hall of Fame. Their accomplishments in state and national potato industries were recognized during the association’s annual awards banquet Feb. 5 in Stevens Point, Wis. Alsum became the general manager of the family company, then named[Read More…]

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Europatat met with members and potential partners during Fruit Logistica; readies itself for upcoming Congress

Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, attended the Fruit Logistica in Germany last week. The association took the opportunity to hold meetings with the members of its Seed Potato Commission and Packers Commission during the event. The association’s Secretariat also held multiple individual meetings with current and potential partners. Key topics during these meetings included the recently published “Communication on[Read More…]

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Irish potato conference will tackle challenges, markets and nutrition

The annual National Potato Conference in Ireland – organised by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), Teagasc and Bórd Bia – will take place on Tuesday, February 18 at The Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin. In what is a challenging time for the potato industry, top of the agenda at this year’s conference will be working without CIPC and diquat.The[Read More…]

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PepsiCo Egypt and USAID initiative garners increase in potato harvest

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings,” said Masanobu Fukuoka, the Japanese philosopher and farmer. For Egyptian potato farmers, this could not be any more true. For the past year, PepsiCo Egypt has been working to empower Egyptian farmers by supporting them through training programs aimed at providing[Read More…]

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National Potato Council reacts to USMCA

President Trump has signed the USMCA, ratifying the update trade agreement that replaces NAFTA. Last Wednesday’s event was welcome news for many ag producers eager for tariff relief and to rebuilding trade relationships with our neighbors. Kam Quarles, CEO at the National Potato Council, says removing tariffs is huge, but there is much more in the details … QUARLES …[Read More…]

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Trump signs USMCA into law, move lauded by National Potato Council

The National Potato Council cheered the Jan. 29 signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade pact into law by President Trump. The agreement is expected to stabilize the U.S. potato export markets of Canada and Mexico by both eliminating the threat of retaliatory tariffs and precluding the loss of tariff benefits previously provided by NAFTA. “The National Potato Council welcomes[Read More…]

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Belpotato.be: Interbranch organization takes off in Belgium

On January 20, the founding deed of Belpotato.be was officially signed in Huldenberg. The composition of the Executive Board ensures that there are balances between growers, traders and processors, and between Dutch and French speakers. Jean-Pierre van Puymbrouck becomes the first chairman. In the first working year, the secretariat is provided by Pierre Lebrun (Fiwap) and Kurt Cornelissen (PCA). However,[Read More…]

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National Potato Council announces LEAF Foundation to aid industry leadership development

At Potato Expo 2020, the largest annual potato industry event held in North America, growers and allied industry partners joined together to launch a new initiative dedicated to growing future leaders. The Potato Leadership, Education, and Advancement Foundation (LEAF), a new 501(c)3 organization, was created to provide tools, training, and support necessary to develop growers and industry members as leaders.[Read More…]

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Idaho’s Britt Raybould elected 2020 NPC President

At the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2020 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Britt Raybould of Rexburg, Idaho was elected to serve as NPC’s 2020 President and to lead the council’s Executive Committee. Raybould serves as chief financial officer of Raybould Brothers Farm. She previously served the NPC Board as First Vice President and Vice President of the Legislative and Government[Read More…]

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Record breaking Potato Expo 2020 focuses industry on the future

From Jan. 14 through 15, more than 2,000 U.S. potato growers and industry members from a dozen countries turned out for Potato Expo 2020 at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., to do business and prepare their operations for the future. Now in its 12th year, the annual Potato Expo has become the largest meeting of its kind[Read More…]

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World Potato Congress Inc. announces new international advisor in Kenya

The World Potato Congress has announced that Mr. Wachira Kaguongo has accepted to become the World Potato Congress Inc.’s (WPC) newest International Advisor. Mr. Kaguongo is an agricultural economist currently working with the National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK). He joined NPCK in 2011 and has been involved in its establishment, operationalization, strategy development and resource mobilization. Over the last[Read More…]

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