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2/5/2016 12:00:00 AM
The Washington potato industry contributes about $7.4 billion annually to the Washington economy. The industry also has created about 35,860 jobs in the state, according to a study of the industry commissioned by the Moses Lake-based Washington State Potato Commission. Read more on the industry from this Packer story.

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2/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
Over 200 potato growers, equipment dealers and other vendors gathered in Kennewick, Washington, for the 2016 Washington-Oregon Potato Conference. Read more on the conference from this Potato Grower article.

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2/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
University of Idaho's pale cyst nematode program director says results of a field trial assessing alternative approaches to ridding fields of the damaging, quarantined pest were encouraging, but control was better in a greenhouse setting. Read more on alternative PCN controls from this Capital Press article.

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2/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
The Northwest potato industry is still working to recoup its losses from last year's work slowdown at West Coast container ports, leaders say. Read more on the industry's efforts to regain ground from this Capital Press article.

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2/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
The Northwest potato industry is still working to recoup its losses from last year's work slowdown at West Coast container ports, leaders say. Several regional and national industry leaders shared the outlooks for the year ahead during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash. Blair Richardson, president and CEO of the U.S. Potato Board, said the industry put additional money into recapturing market losses from the port slowdown. In 2015, exports dropped by 20 percent from October to June. Following the increased effort to regain lost market share, exports increased by 19 percent during the July-November reporting period, he said.

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2/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Farmer Don Thibodeau grew up in Aroostook County in the era when a potato was vaunted, but hardly pampered. The packaging was a brown paper bag. If there was value being added, it was at home and involved sour cream and butter. Today he grows potatoes on 725 of his 2,400 acres at Green Thumb Farms in Fryeburg, and adds value like nobody's business. Through Maine Distilleries, which Thibodeau co-founded, he has a means of making use of his ugly potatoes, the ones too imperfect to qualify as table stock. His prettiest potatoes are being used for value-added products like "Steamables," a product available nationally via a network of eight family-owned farms called Fresh Solutions Networks, of which Thibodeau is an owner/director.

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2/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Potato industry leaders offered updates on topics ranging from access to Mexico to pesticide regulations during the University of Idaho's 2016 Potato Conference, hosted on the Idaho State University campus. Keeling, U.S. Potato Board President and CEO Blair Richardson and Idaho Potato Commission President and CEO Frank Muir updated the industry on Mexico and a host of other pressing issues Jan. 20 during the University of Idaho's 2016 Potato Conference, hosted on the Idaho State University campus. "We export one-fifth of the potatoes we produce in the U.S., and the Holy Grail is access to Mexico," Keeling said. Keeling said five cases have been resolved of the 10 temporary injunctions filed in Mexico, and the U.S. potato industry has prevailed in each case.

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1/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
Idaho researchers have found a way to use drones to detect diseased potato plants. Read more on using drones for this purpose from this Potato Grower article.

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1/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
With sales of organic commodities rising even as their share of U.S. acreage remains less than 1%, it's natural to ask how much success the organic sector can expect in meeting demand. Find out more on the question from this Packer article and video.

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1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
Working as a consultant for the Idaho Potato Commission, retired University of Idaho Extension economist Paul Patterson has presented his final report on the cost of producing potatoes in Idaho. Read more on the costs from this Capital Press article.

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