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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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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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Report: The US dominates Japan’s total potato product imports

According to a recently released USDA/FAS GAIN report, the United States exported nearly $348 million of potatoes and potato products to Japan in 2018, making Japan the number one overseas market for U.S. potatoes. Japan is a major importer of cooked and prepared frozen potatoes. U.S. potato products accounted for nearly 70 percent of Japan’s total potato product imports annually.[Read More…]

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Traceability: New technology to monitor the supply of potato seed in India

The agrarian state of Punjab has taken a major step towards value addition in its fresh produce, with the introduction of a blockchain traceability-based certification system. The system, which allows for instant tracing of the entire lifecycle of food products from origin through every point of contact to the consumer, has now been introduced for potato seed. With more growers[Read More…]

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Cyprus potato exports under threat after frost damage

Potato farmers in the Famagusta district said Monday the overnight frost had damaged their crops, warning that not enough could be saved to serve foreign markets. According to the head of the Famagusta branch of farming union EKA, Yiannakis Gavril, the damage was big in the coastal area of Liopetri, Sotira, and Xylophagou. Gavril said not enough of the crop[Read More…]

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US potato market specialist: '2019 could be a year to remember'

2019 could end up being a year that Idaho potato growers talk about for a long time. “This is going to be a year to remember,” Bruce Huffaker, president of North American Potato Market News, said Dec. 10 during University of Idaho’s “Idaho Ag Outlook Seminar.” Potato production in Idaho and around the U.S. is down this year and that[Read More…]

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Potato prices in Ireland: Drop in some varieties

Potato prices have fallen back in the past week according to the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Potato Market Report for February 6. The average price being paid for a 10kg bag of Roosters and a 10kg bag of Kerr’s Pinks has fallen by 30c and 25c respectively in the past two weeks. The average price for boxes of Roosters and[Read More…]

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Idaho farmers celebrate signing of USMCA trade pact

Frank Muir, president of the Idaho Potato Commission, said the new North American trade agreement recently signed by President Trump “levels the playing field for Idaho potato farmers.” The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade pact is Trump’s replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect in 1994, according to the Associated Press. The USMCA is designed to update the[Read More…]

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Export restrictions strangling onion, potato producers in Turkey

Restrictions that Turkey’s government imposed on potato and onion exports have left producers struggling to shift their stock and could lead to hundreds of thousands of tonnes of wasted crops, Turkey’s Dünya newspaper reported. In late 2018, the government accused producers of speculatively stockpiling crops after food price inflation skyrocketed, leaving consumers struggling to buy staple goods. Police raided food[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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UK seed potato exporters prepare for Berlin trade show

A delegation of UK seed potato exporters will be attending this year’s Fruit Logistica trade show on February 5 to 7 in Berlin. The event is one of the biggest international trade shows for fresh produce, with over 2500 exhibitors and 65,000 trade visitors from over 150 countries. AHDB Exports plans to use the show to highlight the high health and quality[Read More…]

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Good yields but high costs for Argentine potatoes

Before the imminent start of the new potato harvest in the southeast of Buenos Aires, engineers Sergio Costantino (director of Argenpapa) and Ricardo Bergonzi (private advisor) analyzed the profitability of this crop, which hasn’t yielded positive figures for farmers during the last two campaigns. According to them, “in this campaign, there will be average yields that can significantly exceed those[Read More…]

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US: Potato council CEO hails trade deals

Despite the fact that the U.S. Congress is deeply divided along partisan lines, legislators are still getting a lot of important bills passed — including a revised trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. “A lot of things have actually gotten done in the last few months,” said Kam Quarles, the chief executive of the National Potato Council. Quarles, who spoke[Read More…]

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USDA: Fresh potatoes are part of the trade deal with China

According to the official trade text, the USDA and China will sign and implement phytosanitary protocols allowing American fresh potato imports into China for processing. The signing ceremony was essentially a commitment to open the market by February 24th. While the potato industry is happy with the language, they understand it’s not a done deal at this point.  Matt Lantz,[Read More…]

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European potato growers facing increasing competition at home and abroad

The potato industry is facing many challenges in terms of import and retail competition, growing the crop and recruiting skilled labour, Marianne Curtis of Farmers Guardian reports. Speaking at an AHDB/Catchment Sensitive Farming meeting on sustainable potato production, held in North Yorkshire in the UK, Rufus Pilgrim, managing director of R.S. Cockerill, outlined some of the issues facing growers. He[Read More…]

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Concern in Peru as Bolivia decides to stop imports

The Bolivian horticultural product marketers’ decision to cease importing agricultural products to prioritize their national production has generated concern among Peruvian farmers, mainly among potato and onion producers. This decision is part of the Family Agriculture Policy measures that the Ministry of Rural Development and Land of Bolivia implemented last year, that seek to promote plans so that producers improve[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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New MountainKing merchandising program focuses on baby potatoes

As sales of baby Golds, Reds and Medley potatoes continue to climb, MountainKing is embarking on an aggressive program to provide its retail partners with turnkey, display-ready options aimed at driving sales of the smaller, pre-sized variety.  â€œSmall potatoes are under-promoted and under-merchandised,” says MountainKing vice president of sales and marketing.  “We’re working to change that narrative in a big[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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Potato Expo calls Vegas home to talk future of spud business

Thousands of growers are in Las Vegas for the 2020 Potato Expo. The event is the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry in North America. This week, those in the potato industry are in town at the Mirage hotel-casino and discussing the future of business. The potato expo offers educational programming and numerous sessions featuring experts from the industry[Read[Read More…]

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Potato harvest mixed across the Northwest US

According to NASS it was a mixed year for potato producers across the Northwest of the US, Washington Ag Network reports. Potatoes planted in Idaho totaled 310,000 acres, down 2% from 2018, the report says.  Harvested area, at 308,000 acres, is down 2% from last year.  Production totaled 131 million cwt, down 8% from 2018.  Yield is estimated at 425[Read More…]

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US potato exports increase

US potato exports were on an upswing during the first quarter of the 2019-20 marketing year, according to a report published by Potato Country magazine. This continues the growth seen at the end of the last marketing year and is in despite of continuing trade issues in Asia, according to the report. These figures reflect potato and product stocks coming[Read More…]

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The 2020 Potato Expo is underway

This week many of the nation’s potato farmers are gathered at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas for the 2020 Potato Expo. Attendees are discussing all the issues that are impacting the U.S. potato industry here this week. Attendees will also work on policy to address issues impacting the potato industry. Larry Aslum, president of the National Potato Council, said,[Read More…]

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