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4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
New USDA numbers reflect a manageable U.S. fresh potato inventory through April 1, though experts say shipping seems to be a bit too aggressive given the supply. Potato industry officials say the aggressive shipping has held fresh prices down.Idaho's potato stocks as a percent of production through April 1 were 34 percent, compared with 24 percent in Washington, 35 percent in Oregon, 20 percent in California and 29 percent for the 13 major potato states.

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4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
McCain Foods still hasn't settled on the volume of potatoes it wants Manitoba processing potato growers to produce this year, even though planting is just weeks away. "We know there will be another decrease in volume though (from last year)," Dan Sawatzky, manager of Keystone Potato Growers Association Inc., told the Keystone Agricultural Producers' general council meeting April 11. "There are a lot of concerns in the potato industry."

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4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers in the U.S. The world's biggest hamburger chain said sales at established U.S. locations fell 1.7 per cent in the first three months of the year as guest counts declined. After a decade of consistent growth, sales also declined last year as McDonald's struggled to roll out an array of new menu items and fend off competitors.

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4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Scientists at the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development in Spain, Neiker-Tecnalia have for the first time identified the existence in Álava-Araba of the two sexual types A1 and A2 of the fungus Phytophthora infestans, responsible for potato blight. The experts have been able to confirm that the crossing between the two types leads to variants that are more resistant to conventional fungicides and can survive in adverse conditions of temperature and humidity for months and even years on end. The R&D centre's experts warn of the possibility of crossing between types A1 and A2, which would lead to rapid, significant changes in the population of the Phytophtora infestans fungus with the appearance of new, more aggressive strains resistant to routine phytosanitary teatments.

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4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
New USDA numbers reflect a manageable U.S. fresh potato inventory through April 1, though experts say shipping seems to be a bit too aggressive given the supply. Read more on the aggressive shipping from this Capital Press article.

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4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
The Idaho Potato Commission's Great Big Idaho Potato Truck departed April 16 on its third U.S. tour, scheduled to cover 19,000 miles throughout 26 states over five months. Read more on the tour from this Potato Grower article.

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4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
About 112 million cwt. of potatoes had yet to ship from the top 13 U.S. spud-producing states as of April 1, 3 percent fewer than two years ago. Read more details from the stock report in this Potato Grower article.

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4/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Getting a storage facility ready for the new crop includes several steps, among which: cleaning, servicing and repairs, and ensuring proper adjustments and placement of equipment. Read more on each of these steps from this Potato Business article.

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4/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
About 112 million cwt. of potatoes had yet to ship from the top 13 U.S. spud-producing states as of April 1, 3% fewer than two years ago. Read more on potato stocks from this Packer article.

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4/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
The overall number of illnesses caused by pathogens commonly transmitted by food remained unchanged in 2013 when compared to 2006 statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find out more on the numbers from this Packer article and video.

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