Total 2003 potato production is estimated at 458 million cwt., less than 1 percent below the estimate made in the Annual Crop Summary in January and down fractionally from the 2002 crop, according to the USDA?s September crop summary.
The USDA announced Sept. 21 the purchase of 4.8 million pounds of dehydrated potato flakes (dehy) for shipment to Moldova under the fiscal year 2004 McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.
The Specialty Crop Competitiveness Act (H.R. 3242) passed out of the House of Representatives Oct. 7. It next moves to the Senate, where approval is expected before Oct. 9.
The first phase of a pre-clearance program that will allow Canadian seed potatoes to be exported to Mexico has now been successfully completed, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The 2005 Chip Seminar will be held March 2-5 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla.
REASON, from Bayer CropScience, has been registered by the EPA for preventing early, late and tuber blight. REASON is classified as a reduced-risk fungicide
Production of summer potatoes is forecast at 18.5 million cwt. ? down 1 percent from the forecast released July 1.
The Panamanian Ministry of Agriculture has signed the U.S. Seed Potato Market Access protocol, which provides clear and attainable requirements for seed potato exports to Panama. With this agreement, U.S. exporters can ship seed potatoes to Panama with little difficulty.
Legal counsel for the Washington State Potato Commission has filed a complaint with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) demanding return or destruction of submitted confidential information because of undisclosed and unauthorized release of the information under new CBSA procedures.
Final arguments were recently presented at the Alberta Provincial Court in Lethbridge in the Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) lawsuit against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).