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  • Winter Potato Production Up 20 Percent

    Oct 18, 2004

    Winter potato production for 2004 has been revised to 4.82 million cwt. – up 38 percent from the April forecast and 20 percent above 2003. Harvested area of 18,500 acres in the two winter potato states – California and Florida – is 32 percent above… Full Story »
  • House Approves $54 Million for Specialty Crops

    Oct 18, 2004

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Oct. 7 that will bring $54 million a year for five years to specialty crop programs. The Specialty Crop Competitiveness Act, introduced by Rep. Doug Ose, R-Calif., will use an annual $54 million to improve the quality, safety and… Full Story »
  • Gov. Locke: Washington Trade Mission Successful

    Oct 18, 2004

    Washington state’s Gov. Gary Locke has announced that his international trade mission to China and Vietnam was extremely successful, with businesses on the mission reporting actual sales of $1.4 million and an estimated $41.4 million in projected sales during the next 12 months. Locke led… Full Story »
  • USDA Buys 4.8 Million Pounds of Dehy Flakes

    Oct 18, 2004

    The USDA announced Sept. 21 the purchase of 4.8 million pounds of dehydrated potato flakes (dehy) for shipment to Moldova under the fiscal year 2004 McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. The USDA purchased the dehy nearly $1.9 million. The flakes will be… Full Story »
  • Total 2003 Potato Production Down from 2002

    Oct 18, 2004

    Total 2003 potato production is estimated at 458 million cwt., less than 1 percent below the estimate made in the Annual Crop Summary in January and down fractionally from the 2002 crop, according to the USDA’s September crop summary. Harvested area, at 1.25 million acres,… Full Story »
  • Bacterial Ring Rot Suit Ties Up

    Oct 18, 2004

    Final arguments were recently presented at the Alberta Provincial Court in Lethbridge in the Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) lawsuit against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The purpose of PGA’s lawsuit was to stop CFIA from releasing documents to the Washington State Potato Commission… Full Story »
  • Summer Potatoes Down 1 Percent, 2003 Production Same as 2002

    Oct 18, 2004

    Production of summer potatoes is forecast at 18.5 million cwt in 2004, down 1 percent from both the July 1 forecast and the 2003 final estimate. Harvested area is estimated at 55,100 acres, down 6 percent from last year. The average yield is forecast at… Full Story »
  • Washington State Potato Commission Demands Return of Confidential Documents

    Oct 18, 2004

    Legal counsel for the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) has filed a complaint with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) demanding return or destruction of submitted confidential information because of undisclosed and unauthorized release of the information under new CBSA procedures. Several Washington potato shippers had… Full Story »
  • U.S. Seed Potatoes Gain Access to Panama

    Oct 18, 2004

    On Aug. 30, the Panamanian Ministry of Agriculture signed the U.S. Seed Potato Market Access protocol, which provides clear and attainable requirements for seed potato exports to Panama.  “Due to the market development work that we’re doing,” said John Toaspern, U.S. Potato Board VP, International Marketing,… Full Story »
  • 2005 Chip Seminar to be March 2-5

    Oct 18, 2004

    Start planning now for the 2005 Chip Seminar, scheduled for March 2-5 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla.  The annual event will bring together the chip industry to discuss current market trends and discuss ways to maximize potato chip sales. “What I really appreciate about… Full Story »

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