News

August 31
EPA staff get to see potato growers in action  

Six employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) got a firsthand look at Idaho potato operations earlier in August thanks to the National Potato Council (NPC). The three-day annual event gave the agency staffers the chance to see po... more


August 31
U.S. potato exports set new record highs

Increases for nearly all products, especially seed potatoes, have led US potato exports to their highest levels in both value and volume of products, according to numbers from Potatoes USA. For the July 2016 to June 217 marketing year the U.S. export... more


August 31
Late blight found in Michigan’s Montcalm County

Late blight was found in potato crops near Edmore, McBride and Vestaburg, Michigan, in Montcalm County Aug. 22, by ABC Consultants scouts. Initial genotyping confirmed isolates as US-23 by GPI isomerase testing, conducted by the Michigan State Univer... more


August 28
Valley Irrigation introduces X-Tec Center Drive

Valley Irrigation introduces a new center drive. The X-Tec advanced DC drive motor uses FastPass technology and operates up to twice the speed of a standard, high-speed AC center drive motor, according to the company. The motor design provides consta... more


August 28
2017 PotatoEurope show to present practical knowledge

The theme of the 2017 edition of PotatoEurope is “Potatoes feed/meet the world.” The event will be Sept. 13-14 in Emeloord, The Netherlands. PotatoEurope features 250 exhibitors and is organized to provide many opportunities to gain practical ... more


August 25
NPC awards academic scholarship for potato research

The National Potato Council (NPC) has awarded the 2017-2018 NPC Academic Scholarship to Adrienne Gorny, a fourth-year doctoral student in Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University. The $10,000 award is provided annually to a gra... more


August 22
FDA launches food safety plan builder

FDA is releasing a new software tool to help owners and operators of food facilities create a food safety plan specific to their facilities. The planning tool is intended to help businesses meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (... more


August 22
Northern Plains Potato Growers Association awards scholarships

The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association has named its two Research and Education Foundation Scholarship winners for 2017. Two independent judges selected the winners using scoring guidelines based on academic achievement along with school and... more


August 22
Potato Industry Leadership Institute seeks applicants

The Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) program is now seeking applicants. PILI provides tools to help growers and industry members develop as leaders and motivate them to commit their time and energy to the betterment of the U.S. potato indu... more


August 18
Dave Rhodes joins Idaho Potato Commission

Produce industry veteran Dave Rhodes has joined the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) as retail promotion director-northeast, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He replaces Ken Tubman, who is retiring after 15 years of service. Rhodes will work with reta... more



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