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Congress approves white potatoes for WIC program

Through the combined legislative efforts of Sen. Susan Collins, (R-Maine), Sen. Mark Udall, (D-Colo.) and Rep. Mike Simpson, (R-Idaho), white potatoes are now included in the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             John Keeling, National Potato Council (NPC) executive vice president and CEO, said that Sen. Collins and Sen. Udall were responsible for the provision in the Senate legislation and Rep. Simpson was responsible for the provision in the…  » Read more

NPC hires Steve Holton

Steve Holton is the new director of corporate and public relations for the National Potato Council (NPC). Holton replaces Mark Szymanski, who has become the communications director for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Holton has more than 10 years combined work experience as a legislative aide, public relations professional and writer. Holton has spent time as a legislative aide with the U.S. Committee on Agriculture and for Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) during her…  » 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

Fresh potato ban in WIC program may be reviewed

The National Potato Council (NPC) reports that the U.S. House and  Senate appropriations committees may consider legislations to lift the current ban on fresh potatoes in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             The National Potato Council is asking members of the potato industry to write their representatives and senators to lift the current ban on fresh potatoes.             To send a message to Congress go to this NPC website.

NPC offers scholarship for graduate students

The National Potato Council (NPC) is accepting applications for its $10,000 graduate-level scholarship. The scholarship must be applied toward the 2014-2015 academic year. Applicants must be graduate students pursuing advanced studies, master’s degree or higher, that will improve the future of the U.S. potato industry. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership abilities and the potential commercial value of the applicant’s academic work. Application deadline is June, 30. The scholarship winner will be announced in…  » Read more

Hardy new NPC president

Randy Hardy, of Hardy Farms in Oakley, Idaho, was elected president of the (NPC) for 2014. Hardy succeeds Randy Mullen, of Pasco, Wash.             NPC delegates also approved Dan Lake, of Ronan, Mont., as first vice president and vice president of the Environmental Affairs Committee. Additional members of the executive committee include: Nels Iverson, of Woodburn, Ore., vice president of the Finance and Office Procedures Committee; Jim Tiede, of American Falls, Idaho, vice president of…  » Read more

Halverson, Secor and Hoverson Farms receive awards

Gregg Halverson was presented with the Potato Man for All Seasons award at the National Potato Council’s annual banquet in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, January, 10, 2014. The award is presented by The Packer and TheGrower.com in conjunction with the NPC. Halverson, of Grand Forks, N.D., is the president and CEO of Black Gold Farms. Carl Hoverson and Hoverson Farms, of Larimore, N.D., received the NPC’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award during the NPC’s annual…  » Read more

POTATO EXPO 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 8: POTATO EXPO 2014 opened at 1 p.m. on the floor of the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, yesterday. Attendance was brisk though a number of people have not arrived yet due to weather related flight delays. Lots of folks have stopped by the Spudman booth to pick up free bumper stickers and Spudman license plates. Break-out sessions will be all afternoon today. Look for more reports later today. Below…  » Read more