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  • January Potato Stocks up 2 Percent from 2004

    Jan 14, 2005

    The 15 major potato states held 238 million cwt. of potatoes in storage Jan. 1, up 2 percent from last year and 3 percent above 2003. Potatoes in storage account for 59 percent of the 2004 fall storage states' production, 1 percent above last year.… Full Story »
  • PGA Responds to Judge’s Ruling in Ring Rot Case

    Dec 27, 2004

    After the ruling by an Alberta judge that Canadian Food Inspection Agency documents must be released to a Washington state potato grower, the Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) responded, saying the group will accept the judge’s decision. “We accept the Judge’s decision,” said Vern Warkentin, executive… Full Story »
  • Judge: Potato Growers of Alberta Must Release Documents

    Dec 22, 2004

    A Canadian judge has ruled Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) must release documents to the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) concerning bacterial ring rot investigations on an Alberta seed potato farm. In the landmark case, the Alberta Superior Court judge in Lethbridge has dismissed the PGA… Full Story »
  • President Bush Signs Specialty Crops Bill

    Dec 21, 2004

    President George W. Bush has signed into law the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004. The bill authorizes $44.5 million per year in block grants to the states to be used solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The bill also authorizes an additional… Full Story »
  • Senate Approves Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act

    Dec 20, 2004

    The U.S. Senate passed the Specialty Crop Competitiveness Act of 2004 on Dec. 7. The legislation would authorize $54 million annually for five years to enhance the competitiveness of fresh produce crops, including block grants to states for local research and marketing programs. The bill does… Full Story »
  • December Potato Stocks Up 1 Percent from 2003

    Dec 15, 2004

    The 15 major potato states held 272 million cwt. of potatoes in storage Dec. 1, up 1 percent from last year and 3 percent above 2002, according to USDA. Potatoes in storage account for 67 percent of the 2004 fall storage states' production – 1… Full Story »
  • United Fresh Potato Growers of Idaho Gains Momentum

    Dec 3, 2004

    United Fresh Potato Growers of Idaho voted Dec. 2 to move their own full commitment date to Jan. 17 – two weeks before the general membership’s in-or-out date. The board of directors is working to iron out acreage management and supply management details. United Fresh Potato… Full Story »
  • Potato, Onion Shipper Going Out up for Sale

    Dec 2, 2004

    The Hollandale Marketing Association (HMA), growers and shippers of potatoes and onions, announced this afternoon that its operations will cease when it is finished shipping this year’s crop. Shareholders voted Dec. 2 to put the business up for sale. “Changing markets and erratic weather… Full Story »
  • Nebraska Governor Nominated to Become Secretary of Agriculture

    Dec 2, 2004

    Nebraska’s Gov. Mike Johanns has been nominated to become the next secretary of agriculture. Current Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman announced her resignation in November. In accepting Pres. George Bush’s nomination, Johanns said: “As governor of Nebraska, I have devoted a substantial amount of my time… Full Story »
  • U.S. Fall Production Down 1 Percent, Idaho Up 7 Percent

    Nov 19, 2004

    Nationally, production of fall potatoes is forecast at 408 million cwt., down 1 percent from a year ago. Area harvested, at 1.02 million acres, is down 6 percent from last year. The average yield for the fall crop is estimated at 398 cwt. – up… Full Story »

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