October 18
USDA Buys 4.8 Million Pounds of Dehy Flakes

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.

October 18
House Approves $54 Million for Specialty Crops

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.

October 18
First Phase of Pre-Clearance Completed for Canadian Seed Potato Export to Mexico

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.

October 18
2005 Chip Seminar to be March 2-5

The 2005 Chip Seminar will be held March 2-5 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla.

October 18
Reason Registered for Early, Late and Tuber Blight

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

October 18
Summer Potatoes Down 1 Percent, 2003 Production Same as 2002

Production of summer potatoes is forecast at 18.5 million cwt. ? down 1 percent from the forecast released July 1.

October 18
U.S. Seed Potatoes Gain Access to Panama

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.

October 18
Washington State Potato Commission Demands Return of Confidential Documents

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.

October 18
Bacterial Ring Rot Suit Ties Up

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).

August 20
Certified Seed Acreage Down 11 Percent

U.S. potato growers have entered 125,711 acres for certification for seed potatoes for fall 2004 ? an 11 percent drop in the number they entered for certification in 2003.

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