Idaho To Hold Back Process Grade
United Potato Growers of Idaho announced this week a plan to manage process-grade potatoes, including eliminators, from this year's crop to hold up process-grade prices.
Just as many sales desks sell to a few large buyers with the power in the hands of the buyers, United recognized that many growers selling process grade to a few dehydrators also leads to weak marketing.
The program already has a commitment of 5 million cwt. UFPGI is committed to market potatoes at a fair price for both the grower and processor.
The grower needs a price high enough for the process grade to contribute to his profits and the processor needs a price low enough to ensure his customers keep using product--mostly dehydrated potatoes.
UFPGI officials stated that the program will help processors by guaranteeing them a consistent supply and price.
UFPGI also made a request of growers not in the hold back to contact Kim Abend at (208) 535-8504, Eric Duffin at (208) 221-4445, or Jack Puyear at (208) 731-7054. It was pointed out that participating growers will need to store their process grade at harvest unless delivery arrangements are made.