News

October 31
House Judiciary Committee OKs guestworker, E-Verify bills

On Oct. 25, the House Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 17-16 a bill to create a new agricultural guestworker program for America’s farmers and ranchers. H.R. 4092, the Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act), authored by House Judiciary ... more


October 30
USDA grants awarded for Colorado specialty crops including potatoes

Twelve grants totaling over $600,000 have been awarded through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Specialty Crops Program, two of which directly reference potatoes. Funds are received by the Colorado Department of Agriculture from the U.... more


October 27
UK researchers make progress with late blight resistance 

Researchers at the Sainsbury Laboratory in the UK have completed fields trials on a genetically modified breed of potato that incorporates late blight resistant genes from a wild potato relative into a Maris Piper potato variety. “The first year... more


October 25
First positive tests for zebra chip pathogen in Western Canada

Authorities are advising against panic as monitoring in southern Alberta potato fields has, for the first time ever, identified the zebra chip pathogen, according to a release from the University of Lethbridge. "So far, the zebra chip pathogen h... more


October 25
Robinson Fresh to market UK varieties in North America

Robinson Fresh, a division of C.H. Robinson, is now the exclusive North American provider of UK-based Albert Bartlett potatoes. Albert Bartlett produces fresh and frozen potatoes and is increasing its presence in North America with headquarters in De... more


October 25
U.S. potato exports continue growth

U.S. potato exports continue their upward trend. After posting year-over-year gains for July, exports for August 2017 also showed positive growth compared to the same month in 2016. According to a report from Potatoes USA, this growth was led by a 15... more


October 20
Michigan Potatoes announces new line of IQF potatoes

The Michigan Potato Industry Commission, joined by Michigan Freeze Pack, has introduced a new line of individually quick frozen (IQF), water-blanched potato products. The frozen potato products were developed in part by a Michigan Value Added Grant t... more


October 19
Colorado video contest winners awarded salad bars

Recently, two more salad bars were donated by the Colorado potato industry as part of the prize for winners of the 2017 Colorado Potatoes Video Contest. Potatoes USA matched each donation, resulting in four salad bar donations total. The schools who ... more


October 18
Hasenoehrl to focus on promoting the Idaho brand

Mary Hasenoehrl was appointed to the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) last month and looking ahead on her time on the commission, she is focused on promoting Idaho potatoes to consumers. “We need to keep that Idaho brand, that Idaho quality out in... more


October 18
Wet weather in some areas as Midwest harvest wraps up

As the harvest season wraps up across the Midwest, producers are reporting solid yields and good tuber quality. Though the harvest is almost over, some wet weather has made getting the last of crop out of the ground a challenge in some areas of Michi... more



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