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Simplot’s Innate varieties achieve federal milestones

The first two generations of the J.R. Simplot Company’s genetically engineered (GE) Innate potato varieties achieved individual federal milestones.Generation onereceived a determination of nonregulated status from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).             The APHIS document has been published in the Federal Register on and is available online.             The first generation of Simplot’s Innate potatoes includes Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic.             The three GE varieties were developed with the…  » Read more

Mexico reopens zone for U.S. fresh potatoes

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has resumed issuing phytosanitary certificates for the export of U.S. fresh potatoes into Mexico’s 26-kilometer zone bordering the U.S. According to Mark Szymanski,National Potato Council director of public relations, these phytosanitary certificates being issued are based on import requirements from a 2003 agreement. On May 19, 2014, the entire country of Mexico opened beyond the 26-kilometer zone for U.S. fresh potatoes. On June 9 trade was…  » Read more

Lawsuit closes Mexico to U.S. fresh potatoes

Mexico has closed its border to U.S. fresh potatoes following a lawsuit filed by Comite Nacional Sistema Producto Papa, (CONPAPA), a Mexican potato grower organization. CONPAPA filed the lawsuit against Mexico’s Department of Agriculture, SAGARPA, seeking curtailment of the recent agreement allowing importation of U.S. fresh potatoes into all of Mexico beginning May 19. A Mexican judge granted an injunction to stop U.S. shipments. Prior to the trade agreement, shipments of U.S. fresh potatoes were…  » Read more

Public comment period opens for Simplot’s Innate potatoes

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has made available for public comment its plant pest risk assessment and draft environmental assessment of J.R. Simplot’s Innate potato varieties.             Simplot is seeking a determination of nonregulated status from APHIS for the first generations of its genetically engineered Innate Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic varieties.             Simplot’s Innate technology isolates genetic elements and rearranges or links them together to suppress or enhance certain…  » Read more

APHIS approves Mexican fresh potatoes for importation

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will allow the importation of fresh potatoes from Mexico into the U.S. effective April 25.             As a condition of entry the potatoes must be in accordance with the following strictures: seed potatoes were certified; packinghouses are registered;  shipments are commercial; and chain of custody is verified.             In addition, the potatoes must be  washed and soil free; inspected internally and externally and certified free of…  » Read more

APHIS reopens public comment period

In April 2013, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed a rule in the Federal Register to restructure regulations governing the importation of plants for planting.             APHIS has reopened the comment period for an additional 30 days for comments on their proposed framework for integrated pest risk management measures.             For more information on the proposed rule or to post a comment visit the APHIS website.             Comments will be accepted…  » Read more

PCN regulated acres in Idaho decrease

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently announced that approximately 2,279 acres of Idaho farmland have been deregulated from pale cyst nematode (PCN) regulation. The PCN-regulated acres are found in northern Bingham County and southern Bonneville County. Currently, regulated acres total 10,774, of which 2,300 acres are infested. Visit the APHIS site for more information about PCN.