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Un distributeur automatique de pommes de terre, c’est possible

Depuis plus d’un mois, des travaux à l’entrée de la ferme Sement rue d’Izel, attisaient la curiosité des passants. Dimanche, le rideau s’est levé sur cette énigme. Il s’agit d’un distributeur de pommes de terre et d’œufs bio. Un projet concrétisé par l’agriculteur, Yves Sement qui n’en est pas à son coup d’essai. « Nous en avons déjà un dans[Read More…]

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Idaho’s New Year’s Eve potato drop has gained national attention

A little seed money from the Idaho Potato Commission has helped Boise’s New Year’s Eve potato drop draw extensive national and international attention. The event, in its third year, is similar to New York City’s New Year’s Eve ball drop, except for the substitution of a giant potato, which is lowered slowly from a crane as the new year is counted[Read More…]

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10 Foods That May Disappear Thanks to Climate Change

Climate change is making the world a different place. There are more floods, droughts, wildfires, heat waves and other extreme weather events. Animal species around the world are either shifting habitat locations or simply dying off. Even humans are migrating due to a warmer world. In January, Vice News published a story with a very disturbing headline: “Climate Change Might Be[Read More…]

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India: Potato acreage seen crossing 2 million hectares

Favourable winter temperature is set to boost potato cultivation in the country this year. But experts have cautioned against the looming threat of late blight disease in the tuber mainly in the North, thereby hurting the yield. Potato acreage, which touched 2 million hectares last year, is likely to rise further on the good rainfall in the growing regions and favourable[Read More…]

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Potatoes tied to higher risk of type 2 diabetes; french fries worst

Eating potatoes may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and replacing them with whole grains may lower this risk, according to a study published online December 17 in Diabetes Care. “Although potatoes are considered a vegetable in the US Guideline of Healthy Eating, potatoes should not be regarded as a key component of a healthful diet. These data support the[Read More…]

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Online tool helps retailers sell potatoes

A series of short training videos released by the U.S. Potato Board (USPB) aims to help retailers see better sales of fresh potatoes. The free online videos can be found at www.PotatoRetailer.com and www.USFreshPotatoTraining.com. The Fresh Potato Associate Training Modules aim to ensure produce associates are armed with the information they need to get the most out of the potato category. Knowledgeable[Read More…]

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Regional variations in the German potato harvest

“There were regional variations in the German potato harvest due to weather conditions this year,” states Dr. Sebastean Schwarz, Managing Director of the German Potato Trade Association (DKHV). “Overall we have achieved a good harvest in Germany.” “The yield is lower than the previous year, but you can’t forget that 2014 had an exceptionally large potato harvest,” continues the managing director[Read More…]

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Aardappels kweken op Mars

Kun je op Mars aardappels kweken? De Amerikaanse ruimtevaartorganisatie NASA en het International Potato Center gaan het onderzoeken. Een proef met met Peruaanse woestijngrond moet meer duidelijkheid geven. Mochten er ooit astronauten naar Mars worden gestuurd, dan is het van cruciaal belang dat zij hun eigen voedsel kunnen verbouwen. Aardappelen zijn een taai gewas dat in veel omstandigheden kan worden[Read More…]

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A plan to grow potatoes on Mars in the works

NASA is teaming up with Peru’s International Potato Centre to start cultivating said vegetable in Mars-like conditions on Earth. The International Potato Center (known as “CIP,” the acronym of its Spanish name “Centro Internacional De La Papa”) — a tuber and root farming organization — has announced it is combining forces with NASA to form a research project intended to[Read More…]

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Dominican Republic: Higher quality potato seeds arrived on the Island

Great news for potato farmers this Christmas as more potato planting material arrived on island on Saturday, December 19th. Even greater news, the seeds are of a higher quality than last year’s and farmers can expect more seeds per bag at the same price. Agricultural Coordinator in Jamaica, Alvin Murray has been on island imparting knowledge to farmers on the technology and[Read More…]

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US: Attorneys get $10.6 million in potato antitrust deal

Attorneys who fought a potato farmers’ cooperative in court over alleged price manipulation will receive more than $10.6 million for obtaining a settlement deal in the lawsuit. Earlier this year, the United Potato Growers of America and affiliated companies agreed to pay $25 million to resolve class action litigation brought by several grocers and consumers who claimed the cooperative unlawfully restricted[Read More…]

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La NASA veut faire pousser des patates sur Mars

Dans Seul sur Mars, Matt Damon fait pousser des patates sur la planète Mars. Une culture qui lui sauve la vie, d’ailleurs. Mais est-ce réellement possible de faire pousser des pommes de terre sur la planète rouge ? La NASA aimerait essayer. L’agence spatiale américaine va collaborer avec le Centre International de la Pomme de Terre (CIP), basée au Pérou, pour[Read More…]

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How the potato changed the world and altered the course of history

French fries. Baked potatoes. Mashed potatoes. Potato chips. Potatoes are everywhere because they’re easy to grow, nutritious, and totally delicious. But they’re also crucially important to the creation of the world as we know it. The modern world was built on potatoes! Ted-Ed explores the history of potatoes and shows how Western countries rose to power off the backs of[Read More…]

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AHDB ‘Next Generation’ group studies Scottish seed industry

AHDB Potatoes’ Next Generation delegates continued their study programme of the GB potato industry with an in-depth look at the Scottish seed industry this month. The group began their two-day tour at Scottish Government’s facilities at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), meeting key members of the potato and plant health teams in labs and lecture halls. The group[Read More…]

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British potato industry urged to back Grow Your Own Potatoes education project

With reports again highlighting a concerning lack of knowledge amongst young adults and the origin of the food they eat, educating the next generation remains an important focus. As popular primary school project ‘Grow Your Own Potatoes’ enters its twelfth year, AHDB Potatoes is calling for greater industry engagement to maximise its impact. Sue Lawton, education co-ordinator for AHDB Potatoes:[Read More…]

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Start der neuen Kampagne “Die Kartoffel – entdecke ihre Stärke!”

Die Kartoffel gehört zu den wichtigsten Grundnahrungsmitteln weltweit. Auch in Deutschland ist sie seit Jahrhunderten fester Bestandteil der Esskultur. Mit einer neuen Kampagne will die Kartoffel Marketing GmbH nun vor allem jüngeren Menschen zeigen, dass in der Knolle viel mehr als nur eine Sättigungsbeilage steckt. Entdecke ihre Stärke! Mit diesem Aufruf lädt die Kartoffel Marketing GmbH (KMG) die Verbraucher dazu ein,[Read More…]

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Nieuw concept: gladde Laurette-aardappel in glossy verpakking

Onlangs introduceerde de Aardappelhoeve de nieuwe papieren aardappelbox. Een composteerbare en recyclebare verpakking waarin eigenaar Bart Nemegheer veel toekomst ziet. Speciaal voor Colruyt, OKay en Spar-winkels werd een nieuwe aardappelras in een mooie verpakking ontwikkeld. “We zochten iets speciaals: een combinatie van een prachtig aardappelras én een nieuwe look. Bij diverse proeven en tests kwam de Laurette vaak als favoriet[Read More…]

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US: Potato cartel settles for $25 million

A federal judge approved a $25 million settlement that completes one chapter of a five-year long antitrust battle over the nation’s potato market. Consumers will get $5.5 million and grocers $19.5 million. Jamestown, N.Y.-based potato buyer Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce and Garden Center filed the class action against the United Potato Growers of America (UPGA), United Potato Growers of Idaho (UPGI) and a[Read More…]

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UK: Digging into the detail of the Strategic Potato Farm

Over forty potato growers, farm staff, seed breeders, advisors and agronomists met in Rugeley, 3 December to debate the practical outcomes of AHDB Potatoes Strategic Potato Farm, in Staffordshire. Seed rates, nutrient planning, cultivations, water management, in-field greening and precision farming were among the hot topics on the agenda. AHDB Potatoes technical executive, Hannah Goodwin who organised the event said,[Read More…]

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Exquisite new potato varieties at wholesale center in Frankfurt

At the wholesale center in Frankfurt, Frischezentrum Frankfurt one can find a wide range of potato varieties. Not only the common and well-known household potatoes in bags of 25 kg but also more exclusive varieties in crates of 5 kg from France. In addition to the already available varieties, such as Vitelotte, Amandine, La Ratte, Charlotte, Cherie, Corne de Gate[Read More…]

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Idaho growers plan precautionary late blight programs

A few Eastern Idaho potato growers plan to take preventive measures against late blight next season, following a 2015 outbreak. Farmer Tim Eames will take no chances with late blight this season. Following a widespread late blight outbreak in Idaho potato country in 2015, Eames plans to apply foliar fungicides with efficacy against late blight every two weeks. When rain[Read More…]

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UK: Purple potatoes offer fresh sales opportunity

Promoting the health benefits of purple potatoes could help get spuds included in the recommended five-a-day fruit and veg portions and boost fresh potato sales. Fresh potato consumption has slipped in recent years due to increased consumer focus on convenience foods and the myth that spuds are unhealthy and fattening. A recent boom in soft fruit sales has been driven[Read More…]

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Canada: Potato Board takes over potato disinfection

Potato disinfection will go on in Prince Edward Island, in spite of a controversial cut in funding from the provincial government. The P.E.I. Potato Board is stepping in to take over management of this program, Premier Wade MacLauchlan revealed in his annual year-end interview with The Guardian, “They’re quite willing to take the initiative and to pick up the program and to[Read More…]

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