December 31, 2013
Sean Ellis, Capital Press

Simplot, University of Idaho Discuss New Parma Pact

Officials from the University of Idaho and J.R. Simplot Co. have begun discussing the possibility of renewing a $1.5 million agreement that has allowed UI's Parma research station to remain open. The fifth and final year of the agreement begins in January
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December 30, 2013
Tad Thompson, The Produce News

Red River Valley Red Potato Growth Strong

The Red River Valley potato crop "is moving very well. Demand is especially good," Ted Kreis, marketing director for the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, said in mid-December.
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December 27, 2013
Sean Dalton, Heritage Newspapers

Farm to School Program Brings Fresh Potatoes to Schools

DEXTER, Mich. - The Dexter Farm to School program's volunteers toured cafeterias throughout the district this week, extolling the virtues of the oft misunderstood carbohydrate-laden starch vegetable-the potato.
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December 27, 2013
Event Calendar
IPC

Idaho Potato Commission Retail Display Contest Set

EAGLE, Idaho - Shoppers will be hoofing it over to produce aisles nationwide this February as retailers unveil their latest potato-themed creations for the Idaho Potato Commission's 23rd annual Potato Lover's Month Retail Display Contest.
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December 27, 2013
Fertilizer, Irrigation, Seed Potatoes
John O'Connell, Capital Press

Idaho Experts Predict Flat 2014 Input Costs

Idaho experts and agricultural service providers predict input costs will hold relatively flat in 2014.
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December 26, 2013
Irrigation

USDA Seeks Nominees for Fruit, Vegetable Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting nominations from qualified industry members to serve on the 2013-2015 Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. An official notice was published in the Federal Register on Nov. 25.
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December 20, 2013
Event Calendar
John O'Connell, Capital Press

Pocatello Ag Expo, Potato Conference Set

The 46th Annual University of Idaho Potato Conference and 35th Ag Expo are scheduled for Jan. 21-23 on the Idaho State Unviersity campus in Pocatello. - See more at: http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20131219/ARTICLE/131219865/1318#sthash.DFVw6PuU.dpuf
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December 19, 2013
Seed Potatoes
Stacey Shackford

Aeroponics Could Boost N.Y. Potato Production

A project at Cornell University could trim that time and aid farmers by boosting production in a more efficient, sustainable way.
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December 18, 2013
Seed Potatoes
Sean Ellis, Capital Press

European Sabbatical Could Help Idaho Potato Industry

An Idaho researcher's six-month sabbatical in Europe could result in an exchange of germplasm between European and U.S. potato breeding programs.
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December 17, 2013
Potato Harvesting
John O'Connell, Capital Press

Idaho Ag Posts Record Receipts for Third Straight Year

University of Idaho economists say the state has set a third consecutive record for agricultural cash receipts.
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December 13, 2013

Propane Demand Hits Record High for November

Propane produced from natural gas has been the fastest-growing component of overall U.S. propane supply. Propane production in the United States has set record highs on an almost weekly basis in 2013 as a result of increased oil and natural gas drilling.
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December 12, 2013

Burley Clears Way for McCain Plant Expansion: Expansion will bring 100 new jobs to area

The expansion of McCain Foods' potato processing operation in Burley, Idaho, announced in August, moved forward in the process with action today by the Burley City Council.
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December 11, 2013
David Rogers, Politico

No Farm Bill in 2013

Farm bill negotiators conceded Tuesday that they will not finish their work before Congress goes home for the year, but insisted that they are close to a final deal and working toward floor action in early January.
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December 11, 2013

King Rustic Variety Debuts at Walmart : Just in time for the holidays

While the russet potato has been a fixture on kitchen tables across America for as long as...well, we've had kitchen tables...a new variety of russet is waking up taste buds just in time for the holidays with a smoother, moister and richer taste.
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December 10, 2013
Potato Harvesting, Seed Potatoes
Kristi Pihl, Tri-City Herald

Hot Weather Reduced Eastern Washington Crop

Eastern Washington's hot summer shriveled some of this year's potato crop.
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December 09, 2013
Potato Harvesting, Potato Storage
Phillip Nolte & Nora Olsen

Managing Tuber Diseases After Harvest : Bacterial ring rot, pink rot and pythium leak.

Bacterial ring rot of potato (BRR) is a vascular pathogen that is characterized by a foliar wilt and a rot that affects the vascular ring in the tuber. Often the first symptom observed in the field is the sudden wilt of a single stem on a single plant, a
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December 08, 2013
Event Calendar, Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide

Miller Research Potato Pest Management Seminar Dec. 16-17

Miller Research, LLC will be holding its annual potato pest management research meeting on Monday, Dec. 16 and Tuesday, Dec. 17.
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December 07, 2013
Insecticide
Vicky Boyd

Texas Researcher Seeks Alternate Zebra Chip Controls

Rather than hitting potato psyllids with a barrage of insecticides, one Texas AgriLife Extension plant pathologist wants to take a kinder, gentler approach.
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December 06, 2013
Seed Potatoes
John O'Connell, Capital Press

Officials Anticipate More Ring Rot Testing in Seed

After another Idaho ring rot flare-up in 2013, officials anticipate much more seed testing for the costly disease.
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December 05, 2013
Potato Equipment

Harriston-Mayo Acquires Idaho Facility

Harriston-Mayo, a manufacturer of potato planting and handling equipment based in North Dakota and Minnesota, has announced the purchase of a facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
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December 05, 2013
Potato Harvesting
Tad Thompson, The Produce News

Associated Potato Growers' Volume Up

It was a difficult growing season and a long Red River Valley potato harvest season.
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December 04, 2013
Billings Gazette Staff

USDA Offers Grants for Value-Added Ag

Nearly $10.5 million in grant money is available to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities designed to give them a competitive edge.
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December 03, 2013
Fungicide
Luke Casswell

Dual Action Spray Tackles Alternaria, Blight

A single product from Syngenta is set to offer control of two troublesome diseases in potato crops for next season.
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December 02, 2013
Fertilizer, Fungicide, Herbicide, Insecticide, Irrigation

Farmers Get Chance for Input on Produce Rules

FDA officials have agreed to allow farmers to submit additional comment on proposed new produce safety rules. But they have stopped short of saying there will be an official second public comment period.
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December 02, 2013
Billings Gazette Staff

USDA Offers Grants for Value-Added Ag

Nearly $10.5 million in grant money is available to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities designed to give them a competitive edge.
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