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9/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
The U.S. Potato Board remains positive about export growth and retail programs in the U.S. and abroad, even with the setbacks in the Mexico export deal. Read more on their focus from this Grower article.

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9/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
The biotech industry is working to shape a more balanced conversation on GMOs. This conversation will become relevant to the potato industry when the first generation of Innate, a GMO potato, comes to the market next year. Read more on the conversation from this Grower article.

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9/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
The Idaho Potato Commission has had a successful year of promoting Idaho potatoes with lots more in the works for the coming year - including the return of the iconic giant potato truck. Read more on the return of the truck from this Grower article.

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8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
Provincial and federal agriculture officials are taking measures to protect Prince Edward Island's potato crops from a new strain of blight that is taking a toll on backyard tomatoes. The first case of late blight was confirmed in a potato field in the Freetown area on Tuesday. Agriculture Canada researchers are identifying different strains of late blight. A strain known as US-23 is now the main culprit.

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8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
Many people have experienced the brown potato chip. It looks spoked or ringed and usually tastes bitter. It can be natural or the result of being chilled, but it also comes from a disease which is being spread by bugs from the Southern United States and Mexico. Now, using funding from two grants received this year, University of Texas at Tyler is working to stop the spread of "zebra chips." In the past decade farmers from Central America to the U.S. have lost millions of dollars from failed crops because of the disease.

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8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
Mexican marketing campaigns remain in a holding pattern as the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee awaits further word on the border fully reopening for potato exports from the San Luis Valley, according to CPAC Assistant Director Linda Weyers. Weyers said in mid-August, "We're playing the waiting game right now," noting the committee was awarded a USDA specialty crop block grant early this year to research consumer-direct marketing programs for its Mexican trade.

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8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
The 86th annual convention of the Idaho Grower-Shipper Association had a good mix of business and fun lined up for attendees. Attendance at the annual event, Aug. 27-29, was up this year, said IGSA president Mark Klompien. Seminar topics Aug. 27 included a discussion of genetically modified organism by Kate Hall of the Washington, D.C.-based Biotechnology Industry Organization. She discussed the need for the biotech industry to engage with consumers on the Web and in social media to "redefine the conversation." The potato industry is set to join that conversation in earnest when the U.S. Department of Agriculture gives approval to the first generation of Innate potatoes, the genetically engineered potatoes that Boise, Idaho-based Simplot has been developing for 14 years.

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8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
The U.S. Potato Board remains positive about export growth and retail programs in the U.S. and abroad, even with the setbacks in the Mexico export deal. John Toaspern, chief marketing officer, and Sarah Reece, global retail marketing manager, spoke to a full room at the 86th annual convention of the Idaho Grower-Shipper Association. Export numbers for the 2013-14 season made it a record year for U.S. potato exports, Toaspern said. Exports include seed, fresh, dehydrated and frozen potatoes.

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8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant operators expressed a mixed outlook for future business in the latest survey from the National Restaurant Association. Read more on the outlook from this Packer story.

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8/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
The first U.S. detection of the noxious weed Egyptian broomrape, Orobanche aegyptiaca, has been found in a processing tomato field in Solano County, California. Read more on the find from this Western Farm Press article.

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