July 31, 2014

Produce Traceability Initiative: Back to the Basics

Many years ago there was a connection between the consumer and the farmer, and that connection created a level of trust.
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July 30, 2014

Researching Potatoes’ Climate Change Genes

Spanish agribusiness research company Neiker-Tecnalia is currently conducting research into the potato genes that best adapt to the anticipated climate change conditions.
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July 29, 2014
Jen Lynds, Bangor Daily News

Maine Potato Board: Crop Looks Healthy

Officials with the Maine Potato Board said Monday that weeks of heat and sunshine in July have done wonders for this year’s potato growing season.
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July 28, 2014

Designer Potatoes Hope to Boost Consumption

A decline in overall potato consumption has Texas A&M AgriLife Research breeders working on "designer" spuds that meet the time constraints and unique tastes of a younger generation.
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July 27, 2014

Potandon Offers Coupons for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Potandon Produce is teaming up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on its upcoming release of the new action adventure The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
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July 26, 2014
Fungicide
Nathan Vine

Blight Report Highlights Need for Research

While Wisconsin farmers are dealing with a recent report of disease in a local potato crop, they are joining researchers to figure out how to engineer the spuds to avoid such problems.
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July 24, 2014
Irrigation

Valley Announces Field Days

Valley Irrigation will host two field days this year, scheduled in conjunction with two popular trade shows.
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July 24, 2014
Kathleen Thomas Gaspar

Movement Steady in Aspen’s Program

“We’re taking care of our customers’ needs,” co-owner and sales agent Dwayne Weyers said recently of Aspen Produce’s year-round potato program.
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July 24, 2014
Fungicide
Vicky Boyd

Resistant Blight Found in Wisconsin

Late blight was confirmed in a potato field in Portage County, Wis., July 18, but it's not the same strain as has been found elsewhere this year.
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July 23, 2014

LSO-Positive Psyllid Found in Idaho

Miller Research and PNW Pest Alert have confirmed within their monitoring network 2014's first liberibacter-positive potato psyllid in Idaho.
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July 23, 2014

Caribbean Potato Lover’s Month Award Presented

On July 11, Angel Rodriguez, SuperMax Fresh merchandising manager, received the 2014 Caribbean Potato Lover’s Month award during Expo MIDA in Puerto Rico.
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July 22, 2014

Industry Leadership Institute to be Held in February : Application and scholarship deadline is Oct. 15

The National Potato Council and the U.S. Potato Board are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute class of 2015.
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July 22, 2014

Study: Starchy Foods Necessary: Consume a variety for maximum health benefits

French Nutritional Guidelines recommend consuming starchy foods at each meal and varying the source.
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July 21, 2014
Fertilizer

ABM Expands Production Facility

Advanced Biological Marketing announces the expansion of its production facility at its corporate headquarters in Van Wert, Ohio.
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July 20, 2014

Industry Leaders Give GMOs Guarded Endorsement

Leaders with the National Potato Council have taken a stance in favor of biotechnology, and U.S. Potato Board leaders are scheduled to vote on the issue soon.
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July 17, 2014

New Directors Appointed to World Potato Congress

David Thompson, president and CEO of World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC), today announced the appointments of Ron Gall, Dr. Nora Olsen and Anne Fowlie as members of the Board of Directors.
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July 17, 2014
Irrigation

Idaho Concerned About Heat Stress

Extreme heat throughout Idaho to start July has raised concerns from some potato and onion growers.
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July 17, 2014

East Idaho Storm Damages Crops

MADISON COUNTY, Idaho — Crops were heavily damaged in the same storm that flooded Rexburg on Tuesday.
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July 16, 2014
Insecticide
Sean Ellis, Capital Press

Lack of Psyllids Stymies Research

There have been few potato psyllids spotted in eastern Oregon this year, which is making it difficult for Oregon State University researchers to report results of a field trial.
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July 15, 2014
New Products

ConAgra Acquires Chinese Processor

ConAgra Foods Inc. announced that it has acquired TaiMei Potato Industry Limited, a potato processor in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia, China.
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July 14, 2014
Herbicide
Sean Ellis, Capital Press

Lab Analysis Tests Resistant Weeds

Researchers may now know in a matter of weeks rather than months whether kochia weeds in Idaho have developed resistance to glyphosate.
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July 11, 2014
Fungicide
Coral Beach

Late Blight Confirmed in Midwest

Michigan State University Extension officials have confirmed late blight in a potato crop south of the Michigan-Indiana border and are recommending growers treat their crops with a translaminar fungicide.
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July 10, 2014

Maine Family Named Family of Year

The Fitzpatrick family of Houlton, Maine, has been named the 2014 Farm Family of the Year by the Maine Potato Board.
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July 08, 2014
Carol Ryan Dumas

Idaho Market Collapses

Idaho's fresh potato prices have fallen nearly $6 per cwt. in the past couple of weeks, and industry can find no explanation for the decline.
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July 07, 2014
Chris Koger

U.S. Potato Shipments Resume in Mexico

U.S. shippers can resume exports of potatoes to Mexico starting July 7, but only to the 26-kilometer (about 16 miles) zone along the border previously allowed.
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July 07, 2014

Cost & Size Page Ensures Less Waste

The Idaho Potato Commission cost and size calculators help operators take the guesswork out of purchasing Idaho potatoes.
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July 03, 2014

Produce Traceability for Beginners: RPE explains the basics of PTI, consumer safety and recall systems

Traceability and the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) have quickly become a hot topic in the produce world this year, including at RPE in Bancroft, Wis.
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July 02, 2014
Fertilizer

4R Research Fund Awards Grants: More than $2 million earmarked for projects to conduct research

The 4R Research Fund today announced it has awarded more than $2 million in grants for four research and demonstration projects that will add to current knowledge and fill existing research gaps regarding fertilizer best management practices.
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July 01, 2014

New Agribusiness Report Released

A new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory group is now available. The June North American Agribusiness Review is a paper Rabobank’s researchers, analysts and economists publish every other month. It is intended as a ti
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