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11/27/2014 12:00:00 AM
Moderate growing season temperatures in potato regions from the Northwest to the Southeast means a strong yield of high quality potatoes and depressed prices this year. Read more on the markets from this Potato Grower article.

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11/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
Workers directly hired by farmers declined 10% in October and wages were up 1%, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture farm labor report. Read more details from the report from this Packer article.

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11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
World Variety Produce, which markets under the Melissa's brand, introduced its latest cookbook to food bloggers and media Nov. 18. This time the specialty produce company focuses on its top-selling signature item - Dutch Yellow potatoes. The book, "DYPs: The Perfect Everyday Potato Cookbook," features 154 recipes grouped according to the four seasons, said Robert Schueller, director of publicity. The Dutch Yellow potato is grown exclusively for Melissa's in the Magic Valley region of southern Idaho, Schueller said.

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11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
That acrylamide is present in french fries is information you might choose to forget, like mercury in tuna. Recently I was reminded of this inconvenient fact by a recent article on genetically modified potatoes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved the new tubers largely because upon cooking they generate less acrylamide than do their natural counterparts. According to the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP), acrylamide is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." Common foods that stand out - based on the relatively high levels of acrylamide they contain and frequency with which they're eaten by children and adults - include French fries, potato and other chips, some crackers and cereals.

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11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
A University of Idaho researcher is experimenting with a new test for detecting potato pathogens. Read more on the testing from this Capital Press article.

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11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Transportation headaches aside, potato grower-shippers look forward to heavy promotions of high-quality spuds this holiday season. Read more on the Christmas market from this Packer article.

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11/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
ConAgra Foods, Inc joined with distinguished local and regional government dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening of its Lamb Weston potato processing facility in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia. The facility is ConAgra Foods' first plant in China. ConAgra Foods acquired the facility in July of this year when it purchased TaiMei Potato Industries Limited. The acquisition is part of ConAgra Foods' strategy to grow its international business. The facility expands Lamb Weston's operations in a market that has growing demand for frozen potato products.

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11/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in french fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting in the US. The potato's DNA has been altered so that less of a chemical called acrylamide, which is suspected of causing cancer in people, is produced when the potato is fried. The new potato also resists bruising, a characteristic long sought by potato growers and processors for financial reasons. Potatoes bruised during harvesting, shipping or storage can lose value or become unusable. The biotech tubers were developed by J R Simplot Co. But the approval comes as some consumers are questioning the safety of genetically engineered crops and demanding that the foods made from them be labelled.

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11/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
On Friday, November 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cleared the path to commercialization for a "genetically modified" potato developed by J.R. Simplot. This is big. This is very big. It's big for a host of reasons, but at the top of the list is one: French fries. Some news stories have reported that McDonald's won't be buying Simplot's new potato. This, however, is a classic case of a truth being told to drive a larger lie. This "story" of rejection is both completely manufactured and entirely unsurprising. Let's see what McDonald's says when they actually have a realistic opportunity to buy the potato.

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11/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Northwest officials and potato growers are hopeful a recent trade mission to Southeast Asia will help spur demand for Columbia Basin spuds. The 21 delegates from the Washington and Oregon agriculture departments and potato commissions returned from the mission last week with to-do lists of follow-up needed with importers and officials from the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar, all relatively new markets for fresh Northwest potatoes. "The level of enthusiasm from the different markets was really positive," said Joe Bippert, Washington state Department of Agriculture's international marketing program manager.

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