To be eligible for monetary and training assistance under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, Idaho’s fresh-market potato growers must register at their local USDA Farm Service Agency office by June 27 and attend free, half-day technical assistance workshops that will be offered by University of Idaho (UI) Extension this summer.
The U.S. Supreme Court voted May 23 to uphold the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985, overturning lower court decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for South Dakota, which ruled the measure unconstitutional.
The 15 major potato states held 87 million cwt. of potatoes in storage May 1 ? up 2 percent from last year and 5 percent above May 1, 2003, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The 15 major potato states held 130 million cwt. of potatoes in storage April 1, up 3 percent from both last year and April 1, 2003, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Representatives to the United Fresh Potato Growers of America board of directors agreed during the group?s second meeting to participate in the first national acreage bid buy-down in the history of U.S. potato production.
The U.S. Potato Board?s grower membership elected Ray Meiggs, Camden, N.C., as its chairman for the coming year. The elections were held during the board?s annual meeting March 17-19 in Denver.
Idaho potato growers have been granted trade adjustment assistance by the USDA after the Foreign Agricultural Service determined imports of french fries contributed to a decline in U.S. growers? prices of fresh-market potatoes.
Board members of the U.S. Potato Board have approved an assessment increase from 2 cents to 2.5 cents per cwt. The start date is March 1, 2006.
The 15 major potato states held 168 million cwt. of potatoes in storage March 1, up 1 percent from last year and 2 percent above 2003.
Maine potato growers and dealers have just completed a second sales mission to Cuba, where they worked to further negotiations to sell 1,000 metric tons of seed potatoes and some tablestock potatoes for shipment in November.