October 31, 2011
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EXCESSIVE RAIN GIVES MAINE POTATO GROWERS SCARE

With 99 percent of this year's approximately 56,000 acres of potatoes harvested, Aroostook County potato growers are watching the stored product to ga
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October 31, 2011
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VILSACK SAYS 2012 FARM BILL MUST IMPROVE DISASTER AID

Lawmakers working on the next Farm Bill need to find an effective way to provide aid to growers affected by natural disasters, increase funding for ag
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October 28, 2011
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FROZEN U.S. POTATO EXPORTS TO MEXICO NOW DUTY-FREE

The National Potato Council (NPC) applauded today's complete suspension of the retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports by the government of Mexico. The ac
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October 28, 2011
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POTATO PROCESSORS DIG IN IDAHO'S NEW CROP WITH APPETITE

Potato Processors in Idaho and Malheur County, Ore., have used 13.3 million cwt of 2011 crop raw potatoes to Oct. 1, up 75 percent from last year. Ida
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October 27, 2011
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA PURSUING PATENT FOR POTATO VARIETY

Golden birch trees marked the edge of Greg Kalal's fields, but the dentist-turned-farmer was more interested in hues beneath the soil on his land sout
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October 26, 2011
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FEDERAL GRANTS AWARDED TO PENNSYLVANIA SPECIALTY CROP INDUSTRY

Seventeen Pennsylvania projects were recently awarded $1,043,305 in federal grants to increase the visibility and market share of the state's produce,
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October 26, 2011
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MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR DEALING WITH COMMON SCAB

Common Scab is a disease that can persist indefinitely in some soils and affects all varieties of potatoes. This unsightly disease causes lesions on
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October 25, 2011
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DEMAND FOR RED POTATOES REMAINS STRONG

Although Red River Valley's red potatoes are still viewed as a specialty item, demand is strong and grower-shippers expect it to remain so.
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October 25, 2011
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RESEARCH COMMENCED TO REDUCE ACRYLAMIDE IN POTATO PRODUCTS

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have been selected to lead a national, multi-institution effort to improve the quality and safety of proce
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October 24, 2011
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MORE PCN FOUND IN IDAHO

SHELLEY, Idaho-Two new infestations of the potato cyst nematode were discovered in eastern Idaho in recent months, according to state and federal agri
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October 21, 2011
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MICHELIN OFFERS REBATES ON AG TIRES IN NOV

GREENVILLE, S.C.-In addition to reduced soil compaction, improved durability and better traction, this fall Michelin North America Agricultural Tires
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October 21, 2011
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STRONG HARVEST PUNISHES PRICES

ABERDEEN, Idaho-Aberdeen grower and USPB board member Ritchey Toevs is pleased with the quality of his potatoes and estimates yields will be 10 percen
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October 20, 2011
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POTATO WASTE COULD PROVIDE "NEW GEN" OF INGREDIENTS

A new extraction method promises to deliver large-scale extraction of potato fibres especially rich in the pectin rhamnogalacturonan I, could help to
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October 19, 2011
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AGRI-STOR COMPANY EXPANDS BUSINESS

Agri-Stor Company announced that it has acquired the assets and business operations of Custom Chemical Company-a full-service provider of potato sprou
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October 19, 2011
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SENATE VOTES UNLIMITED POTATOES IN SCHOOLS

The Senate threw its support behind the potato Tuesday, voting to block an Obama administration proposal to limit the vegetable on school lunch lines.
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October 18, 2011| Published in the September 2011 issue
Phillip Nolte, UI extension seed potato specialist

PVY Management: Don't Plant a Problem

It's no secret that potato virus Y (PVY) become more of problem over the last 10 years.
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October 18, 2011
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UGPC HIRES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The United Potato Growers of Canada has hired Kevin MacIsaac, a potato industry veteran, as its new general manager. Along with his brother, MacIsaac
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October 17, 2011| Published in the December 2011 issue
Tyler J. Baum

Chemistry Lesson

Science was never my strong suit in high school or college.
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October 17, 2011
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KBFD INTRODUCES FINGERLING AMAROSA

Klamath Basin Fresh Direct, a cooperative of family farms specializing in high-quality organic potatoes, has recently come out with a new variety call
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October 16, 2011
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SPRING'S RAINS RESULT IN POTATO PROBLEMS IN PENNSYLVANIA

Hopes for a good potato crop ended months ago in a spring marked by heavy and frequent rains.
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October 15, 2011
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PESTICIDE FROM POTATO FARM SICKENS TWO

Two people were sickened Oct. 12 by a pesticide being used at a potato farm off Route 5 in the Town of Batavia, N.Y., Genesee County officials said.
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October 14, 2011
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ID PRICES HALF OF LAST YEAR

Last year's potato prices in Idaho hit record highs, but left people with a fear that this year's crop would see a big price drop, and it did.
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October 14, 2011
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NPC / UNITED FRESH APPLAUD TRADE PACTS

The United Fresh Produce Association and the National Potato Council welcome the passage of three free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Sout
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October 13, 2011
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SCIENTISTS LOOK FOR SOURCE OF ALASKA POTATO BLIGHT

Potato late blight, that same disease that caused the Irish Potato Famine, resurfaced in Alaska this fall.
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October 12, 2011
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NPC EVENT INTENSIFIES PRO-POTATO PRESSURE

Doris Demers, the nutrition program director for York and Kittery schools, had a blunt response today when asked about proposed federal guidelines lim
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October 12, 2011
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TRACTORLIFE.COM WEBINAR: NEW TAX REGULATIONS IMPACT OPERATIONS

TractorLife.com, a website that helps farmers maintain and extend the operating lives of their tractors, will host a free 60-minute webinar to address
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October 12, 2011
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WILLIAM KITCHEN APPOINTED TO MICHIGAN POTATO COMMISSION

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed William Kitchen to the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.
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October 11, 2011
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NEW UPSCALE POTATO VARIETY

The new Peter Wilcox is a potato for New York Fashion Week, cloaked in deep purple and lined in gold.
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October 10, 2011
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COULD NEW VARIETY UPSET COMPETITIVE REGIONS?

Will a newly discovered russet potato variety make the Red River Valley a yield contender with the Pacific Northwest?
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October 10, 2011
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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 52ND ANNUAL WSSA

LAWRENCE, Kan.-Early bird registration is now open for the 52nd annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA)-an event that will focus
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October 09, 2011
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FDA RELEASES FSMA FEE PROVISIONS GUIDANCE

FDA made available a guidance for industry, Implementation of the Fee Provisions of Section 107 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA i
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October 08, 2011
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ORGANIZATION FINED FOR PRICE FIXING

A Danish potato growers organization (Dansk Kartoffelproducent-forening) was fined for fixing the price of potatoes.
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October 08, 2011
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STRONG PRICES TEMPERED BY HIGHER INPUT COSTS

SPOKANE, Wash.-Most commodities are experiencing strong crop prices with average to better yields despite the wet spring. However, many producers are
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October 07, 2011
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IPC & USPB REACH AGREEMENT

BOISE/DENVER-Frank Muir, President & CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) and Tim O'Connor, President & CEO of the United States Potato Board (USP
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October 07, 2011
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ZEBRA CHIP REACHES IDAHO

MOSCOW, Idaho-A potato pest from points south has reached Idaho, University of Idaho Extension specialists with the College of Agricultural and Life S
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October 06, 2011
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USDA RATCHETS UP CONTAINMENT PUSH

SHELLEY, Idaho-Potato growers in Eastern Idaho are questioning the effectiveness of the USDA's efforts to contain the pale cyst nematode, a small worm
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October 05, 2011| Published in the October 2011 issue
Potato Equipment, Potato Harvesting
Tyler J. Baum, Editor

From The Field: Almost Four Decades

The fact that you, a potato grower, have picked up this issue and are reading it during the busiest time of the year means something to us.
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October 05, 2011
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PTI WEBINAR SERIES AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

A six-part webinar series educating produce industry companies on the logistics of the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) is available for on-deman
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October 05, 2011
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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR UNITED FRESH 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.-With the launch of UnitedFresh2012.org, registration is now open for United Fresh 2012, the annual convention and expo of the United
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October 04, 2011
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MAINE INITIAL CROP QUALITY GOOD, DESPITE RAIN, TORNADOES

Although it has been one of the tougher years for potato growers in Aroostook County (Maine, U.S.) with crop damage from three tornadoes and excessive
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October 03, 2011
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NEW POTATO VARIETIES WITHSTAND DESTRUCTIVE WIREWORMS

Wireworm feeding damage is easy to spot, says Rich Novy, an Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist seeking to shore up America's $3.3 billion
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October 03, 2011
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USDA/NASS: 2010 CROP 7 PERCENT BELOW 2009

Potato production in Idaho was down 15 percent in 2010 from the previous year, driving a roughly 25 percent increase in the average price received by
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October 02, 2011
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GIANT POTATO BUDGET: $300K

EAGLE, Idaho-Move over, Oscar Mayer; Your Weinermobile is about to have some competition. A giant potato, hauled on a semi, will hit the road in 2012
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October 01, 2011
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WSSA LAUNCHES TRAINING PROGRAM ON HERBICIDE RESISTANCE

LAWRENCE, Kan.-The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) introduces a free training program designed to educate pesticide applicators, growers, agric
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