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US: National Potato Council lobbies for spuds

Tucked into the 1,582-page 2014 spending bill passed by Congress this week are 85 words that aspire to end the government’s decade long war on the potato. The language is aimed at reversing a ban on white-potato purchases by 8.7 million monthly participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Women, Infants and Children food program. “White potatoes,” in this case,[Read[Read More…]

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Fresh potato export expected to expand in Pakistan

In 2013, lower output in Iran amidst a bigger crop in Pakistan had provided the potato exports in a big way, after a lull of two years. But export volumes had fallen short of the target of 200,000 tonnes chiefly for two reasons: Russia had initially bought Pakistani potatoes in small quantities and, later on, suspended imports on quarantine issues.[Read[Read More…]

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Aardappelareaal Zuid-Australië krimpt fors in

Aardappeltelers in het zuidoosten van Zuid-Australië vrezen dat zij hun productie moeten verminderen vanwege waterproblemen. Dat meldt ABC Rural. Door de overgang naar een nieuw stelsel krijgen de telers onvoldoende toegang tot voldoende water. Zeker in extreem droge jaren worden zij gedwongen terug te gaan in areaal. Telers in sommige gebieden zeggen dat de teruggang in areaal vanaf 1 juli[Read[Read More…]

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TOMRA demonstrates Field Potato Sorter at Fruit Logistica

TOMRA Sorting Solutions will demonstrate two of its market-leading sensor-based systems at this year’s Fruit Logistica, the leading fair for the international fresh produce trade. The company will showcase its Field Potato Sorter (FPS) and Genius optical belt sorter at the event, taking place at the Messe Berlin Fair Grounds, from 5 to 7 February. The TOMRA systems will be[Read[Read More…]

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Potato harvest in Bulgaria was satisfying: expert

“Bulgaria’s potato harvest was satisfying,” said Ventsislav Kaymakanov, chairperson of the National Association of Potato Producers, speaking with FOCUS News Agency. “We managed to sell more than 200,000 tons of potatoes. Against a demand of 400,000-500,000 tons, these 200,000 tons produced amidst a dry year, which caused serious harm, is absolutely satisfying. I know that the export is big but[Read[Read More…]

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India: West Coast inks pact with Agristo for frozen potato products

West Coast Fine Foods today signed an agreement with the Belgium-based Agristo to launch high quality frozen potato products in the country. “We are happy to partner with West Coast in bringing our potato products to this market. We see an exponential growth potential here and are confident of delighting the consumers with our products,” Agristo promoter Antoon Wallays said[Read[Read More…]

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Potato vending machine success in French city

A potato vending machine has been installed in Nouvion by two farmers, who use it to sell part of their produce. Until now we have been familiar with vending machines for banknotes, flowers, pizzas, fresh bread, condoms, DVDs, sandwiches… Since December, in Nouvion, French fry enthusiasts can now get their precious potatoes at any time of the day or night![Read[Read More…]

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Mais pourquoi John Kerry a-t-il offert à Sergueï Lavrov des pommes de terre?

Ce fut au début de semaine, à Paris. Au cours d’un entretien à l’ambassade des États-Unis à Paris consacré à l’organisation de la conférence de paix sur la Syrie prévue le 22 janvier en Suisse, le secrétaire d’État américain John Kerry a provoqué l’hilarité de Sergueï Lavrov, le ministre russe des Affaires Étrangères, et de la délégation russe en ouvrant[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato conference highlights pest management

Speakers at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference will discuss managing bacterial ring rot and insecticide resistance Jan. 28-30 in Kennewick, Wash. Pest management will be the hot topic at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference Jan. 28-30 in Kennewick, Wash. University of Idaho professor Phil Nolte will address bacterial ring rot management, said Andy Jensen, manager of the Northwest Potato Research Consortium. University[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Branston installs more than 2,000 solar panels

Potato distributor Branston is benefitting from more than 2,300 roof top solar panels over three sites in Lincolnshire, Scotland and Somerset. The solar installations will greatly reduce Branston’s reliance on energy from the National Grid and bring significant savings both in carbon emissions and operating costs. More You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Frankrijk: Export bepaald voor een belangrijk deel stemming

Net als in Nederland wordt ook in de Franse aardappelmarkt de stemming voor een belangrijk deel bepaald door de exportmogelijkheden. Volgens de laatste gegevens van het CNIPT loopt de Franse export goed door met 147.000 ton in november, 23.000 ton meer dan een maand eerder. Vooral de afzet naar Italië is met ruim 37.000 ton opvallend hoog. Meer You are[Read More…]

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South Australian potato growers feel short changed on water allocations

Potato growers in south-eastern South Australia fear cuts to their water allocations will force them to cut production. Potato industry members met with State Water Minister Ian Hunter this week to talk about the Lower Limestone Coast water allocation plan, which has already been approved. More You are unauthorized to view this page.

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US Congress wants more potatoes in government program

Nutritionists say Americans don’t need more white potatoes. Congress disagrees – again. Lawmakers are encouraging the agriculture secretary to allow low-income pregnant and nursing mothers to buy white potatoes with the vouchers they receive as part of a government program. That goes against the advice of the Institute of Medicine, which advises the government on health issues. The institute has[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Soil health key to breaking potato yield plateau

Boosting soil nutrition and cutting compaction will be two key factors in breaking through the yield barrier that potato growers have hit over the past 20 years. Maincrop potato yields increased sharply up to the mid-1990s, but since then yields have stagnated at about 44.6t/ha, according to Potato Council data covering 1960-2013. Speaking at the recent Cambridge University Potato Growers[Read[Read More…]

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Vrees kwaliteitsverlies Nederlandse aardappel

In tegenstelling tot een heleboel andere sectoren is de aardappelsector crisisbestendig. Misschien kun je wel spreken van oorlogsbestendig, want ook als spanningen in landen oplopen blijft de aardappel als eerste levensbehoefte nodig. Maar om die marktpositie te behouden, moet Nederland fyto als speerpunt benoemen. Dat zei Jan Muijsers, vicevoorzitter van de Nederlandse Aardappel Organisatie (NAO) dinsdag op de Themadag Aardappelen[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato pests, prices top concerns of potato industry

Early blight and white mold — and the yield and quality loss due to these and other potato pests — are the top concerns of many potato growers. Those are the results of the Potato Perspectives Survey that Bayer CropScience, Research Triangle Park, N.C., conducted among attendees of the Potato Expo, Jan. 8-10, in San Antonio. Of those surveyed, 48[Read[Read More…]

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Radio-frequency drying slashes acrylamide in potato chips: Study

Using radio-frequency to dry partially fried potato chips can limit acrylamide formation, finds research. The study published in the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture investigated how much impact radio-frequency post-drying had on limiting the potential carcinogen in potato chips. Researchers from two Turkish universities found that frying potato slices partially in hot oil followed by a radio-frequency (RF)[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Taperstor – Total control in potato storage

Crop Systems Ltd’s new TaperStor offers operators total control over the stored crop and the environment in which it is kept, combined with the ability to maximise the volume of storage available on any given footprint and so reduce storage costs per tonne. TaperStor enables accurate airflows and allows crops to be loaded to a greater height and – by[Read[Read More…]

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Stemming wil er nog niet echt inkomen

De stemming aan het begin van het nieuwe jaar wil er nog niet echt inkomen. Toch was er de laatste dagen wat meer activiteit waarneembaar met de opmerking dat de markt aanvoelt als een motor die met horten en stoten draait. Nog altijd wordt door de belanghebbenden uit West-Europa en Rusland over exportmogelijkheden van o.a. aardappelen gesproken. Meer You are[Read More…]

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Idaho spuds given as diplomatic gesture to Russians

Officials with the Idaho Potato Commission are pleased by a lofty new role for their commodity – promoting world peace.Prior to meetings about unrest in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a gift of two large Idaho bakers. “We were obviously very thrilled to see this picture of Secretary Kerry using two very[Read[Read More…]

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Bayer CropScience reveals insights into U.S. potato industry’s top needs for 2014

According to United States Department of Agriculture’s crop production predictions, average potato yield per acre increased during the 2013 season. In an effort to propel this upward trend into the New Year, Bayer CropScience launched its Potato Perspectives Survey during Potato Expo in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 8-10, 2014. Bayer CropScience collected insights from tradeshow attendees across the food chain[Read[Read More…]

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Chips are down in bid for Jersey Royal potato

The Jersey Royal Company, which produces 25,000 tonnes annually and is 50 per cent owned by Scottish-based and family owned Albert Bartlett, one of the biggest potato suppliers in the UK, has apparently had a £12million bid approach from AIM-listed potato grower and distributor Produce Investments, which closed 5p better at 215p, valuing the business at around £42million. Dealers heard[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo invierte en Venezuela

La multinacional PepsiCo ha ampliado las instalaciones que posee en la región de Táchira (Venezuela) con la inauguración de un Centro de Producción de Semillas, que permitirá garantizar el 100% de abastecimiento del programa de producción de Chipstock. Gracias al uso de biotecnología mediante el cultivo in vitro o bajo invernadero, este nuevo Centro de Producción de Semillas se presenta[Read[Read More…]

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Managing Weed Resistance to Herbicides in the Potato Rotation

In the latest ‘Focus on Potato’ webcast, titled “Managing Weed Resistance to Herbicides in the Potato Rotation,” Dr. Jed Colquhoun, weed science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison gives users an update on herbicide-resistant weeds. Herbicide-resistant weeds pose significant economic and production challenges, particularly in specialty crops such as potatoes where weed control options are already limited. This presentation will[Read[Read More…]

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Aviko gaat strijd aan met verse frites

Met de introductie van Oerfrites op de komende Horecava gaat Aviko de strijd aan met de zelf voor- en afgebakken frites. De fabrikant uit Steenderen is er naar eigen zeggen in geslaagd een vers voorgebakken frites te ontwikkelen die qua uiterlijk, smaak en beleving niet onder doet voor zelf voorgebakken verse. De belangstelling voor verse frites neemt toe onder cafetariahouders.[Read[Read More…]

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