Oct 10, 2018
USDA changes rules for some Irish potatoes grown in Idaho, Oregon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revised the varietal classifications for size requirements for U.S. No. 2 grade potatoes. The purpose of the revision, the agency said, is to distinguish between russet potatoes and all other Irish potato varieties handled under the marketing order and grown in certain designated counties in Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon.

The size requirements specified in the marketing order’s handling regulations remain unchanged. The import regulations for long type potatoes have been changed accordingly.

The changes align handling regulations with the varieties of potatoes grown in the production area and allow the sale of potatoes that would have otherwise been restricted.

The final rule for this action was published in the Federal Register Oct. 3, 2018, and goes into effect Nov. 3, 2018. A 60-day public comment period ended July 9, 2018.

Information about the marketing order is available on the 945 Idaho and Oregon Potatoes page of the Agricultural Marketing Service website.


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