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  • Voigt to Head Washington State Potato Commission

    Aug 16, 2005

    Washington State Potato Commissioners have named Chris Voigt, current executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, as the new executive director/director of environmental & regulatory affairs of the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC). Voigt will take the position Sept. 6. “We feel very fortunate… Full Story »
  • Atkins Nutritionals Files for Bankruptcy

    Aug 8, 2005

    Atkins Nutritionals, the company behind the popular low-carbohydrate Atkins Diet, has filed for bankruptcy court protection. The company was founded by the late nutrition guru Robert C. Atkins. Atkins died in 2003. The majority owner now is Parthenon Capital LLC, with smaller shares of the… Full Story »
  • Potato Growers of Alberta Ordered to Pay Legal Fees

    Aug 5, 2005

    The Honorable Justice J.H. Langston of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has ruled that the Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) must pay for the legal fees associated with a lawsuit to block the release of Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) documents to the… Full Story »
  • Canadian Tribunal Hears Potato Dumping Testimony

    Aug 3, 2005

    Potato growers, industry experts and economists presented historical, scientific and economic evidence through lawyers on behalf of the Washington potato industry at the 3.5-day hearing before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) in Vancouver, British Columbia, in late July. The B.C. Vegetable Marketing Commission (BCVMC)… Full Story »
  • Potato Acreage Lowest on Record, USDA Says

    Aug 1, 2005

    The USDA Agriculture Statistics Board reported that U.S. potato growers have planted a record low acreage. "Potato growers across the United States have planted an estimated 1.11 million acres of potatoes in all four seasons this year, down 7 percent from last year and the… Full Story »
  • Growers Address Supply Issues in PEI

    Jun 22, 2005

    United Potato Growers of America (United) said its bid buy-down program has helped reduce potato acreage. Preliminary numbers show U.S. fresh potato acreage down 35,000 acres, with an additional 4,000 fresh potato acres cut on the East Coast outside of areas organized by United producers. Calculating… Full Story »
  • Epidemic Similar to 1997 Could Be Seen

    Jun 16, 2005

    The probability for late blight in southern Idaho is extremely high in 2005, according to the Treasure Valley & Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network. The amount of precipitation and the number of hours favorable for late blight pathogen establishment have been very high all across… Full Story »
  • June Potato Stocks Up 11 Percent from 2004

    Jun 16, 2005

    The 15 major potato states held 51 million cwt. of potatoes in storage June 1, up 11 percent from both last year and June 1, 2003. Potatoes in storage account for 13 percent of the 2004 fall storage states' production, 2 percent above last year.… Full Story »
  • Growers Wishing to Apply for TAA Must Attend

    Jun 9, 2005

    To be eligible for monetary and training assistance under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, Idaho's fresh-market potato growers must register at their local USDA Farm Service Agency office by June 27 and attend free, half-day technical assistance workshops that will be offered by University of… Full Story »
  • Supreme Court Rules Beef Checkoff Constitutional

    May 25, 2005

    The U.S. Supreme Court voted May 23 to uphold the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985, overturning lower court decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for South Dakota, which ruled the measure unconstitutional. The… Full Story »

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