The United Potato Growers of America (United) met this week with leaders of the Potato Marketing Association of North America (PMANA) and agreed to work together to ensure that potato supply does not exceed demand across North America.
UNITED Potato Growers of America has hired Julia E. Cissel as CEO. Cissel takes over from interim CEO Jerry Wright, who led the co-op since its inception in March 2005.
Fresh potato growers now shipping potatoes are receiving as much as $5 per cwt. f.o.b. less for their potatoes than they could expect to obtain later in the season, according to the National Fresh Marketing Committee of United Potato Growers of America (United).
The 13 major potato states held 253 million cwt. of potatoes in storage Dec. 1, down 6 percent from last year and 5 percent below Dec. 1, 2003, according to USDA?s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Production of fall potatoes for 2005 is forecast at 382 million cwt., down 7 percent from 2004, according to USDA.
Trade balances of fries, chips and other potato products will likely turn 2004?s U.S. potato trade deficit of $50 million into a surplus of around $60 million in 2005, according to USDA.
Production of summer potatoes is forecast at 16.1 million cwt. in 2005, down 1 percent from the July 1 forecast and 12 percent below the 2004 final estimate, according to USDA?s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
In a 29-page opinion released Sept. 12, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal removed long-standing antidumping duties on certain types of potatoes from the United States.
Representatives of seven potato producing provinces, accounting for more than 96 percent of the potato acres grown in Canada, met with the board of directors of the United Potato Growers of America Aug. 25 in Toronto.
The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to end the use of azinphos-methyl on peaches, nectarines, caneberries, cranberries, potatoes, cotton and Southern pine seed.