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8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
The National Potato Council (NPC) led a delegation of 12 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff on a tour of Minnesota potato fields. The annual field event gives EPA staff the opportunity to see potato production, discuss pesticide utilization, and interact with farmers outside the confines of Washington, D.C. Growers provide employees at EPA an in-depth look at their pesticide stewardship practices and the process of bringing potatoes from field to table. The 2016 tour was held August 16-18 in various locations surrounding Park Rapids, Minn. "The tour offers potato growers a chance for extended interaction with Agency decision-makers," said Chuck Gunnerson, this year's organizer and President of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. "It's a unique opportunity for both growers and policymakers, one that NPC undertakes to enhance understanding on both sides."

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8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
In a normal year, Minnesota and North Dakota potato growers generally want late-August rain to provide their fields with one last shot of moisture before harvest. This isn't a normal year; more rain is the last thing many growers want now. An exceptionally wet summer, especially in key potato-growing counties of northeast North Dakota, have hammered many fields and could result in a 20 to 35 percent loss in some areas, officials estimate. "It's been a challenging year," said Andy Robinson, an extension potato specialist in North Dakota and Minnesota. The recent discovery of late blight, a potentially devastating crop disease, in northeast North Dakota adds to the challenge, he said.

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8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
U.S. potato growers should have a smaller crop and strengthened export demand as they start to market their 2016 harvest, according to new reports. Recent estimates by United Potato Growers of America's Supply-Demand Committee place the 2016-2017 crop at about 2 million hundredweight shorter than last year. Furthermore, a new USDA report concludes the marketing year that ended in June 2016 was the second best on record for foreign potato exports, following a down export year. Key growing areas have reported their spuds are a week or two ahead in growth, but tuber sets have been lower, according to UPGA. The exceptions may be in Red River Valley, as well as central and east Canada, where challenging weather could hurt both quality and yields, according to UPGA.

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8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
McCain is thrilled to introduce a satisfying new way for Canadians to snack with our game-changing McCain Marché lineup, coming soon to freezer aisles at grocery retailers across the country. Made with wholesome, high-quality ingredients, McCain Marché snacks are warm, delicious and incredibly satisfying. They're the 'perfect in-between' to keep Canadians going from one thing to the next. "We know Canadians are looking for more in their snacks. Empty calories are out and simple ingredients are in. People want more satisfying snack choices they can feel good about and that better fit their lifestyles," said Vikram Bawa, Vice President, Marketing,McCain Foods. "We've listened and delivered. McCain Marché snacks are delicious and offer a balance of grains, dairy, meats and vegetables."

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8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
All signs are positive for another strong season for the Wisconsin potato industry. Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, said all potato types, including reds, are thriving in Wisconsin fields. In a mid-August interview, Houlihan said, "We have had adequate rainfall and a great growing season. Our growers got in the ground on time and we had good quality early. This is a more normal year. Last year we have very high yields and a bumper crop." In each of the last two seasons, Wisconsin growers have produced about 63,000 acres of potatoes. But in the booming production of 2015, there was an average of 460 bags per acre. This year the average will still be strong at 430 100-pound bags per acre.

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8/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
According to ERS' food availability data, an average of 385.4 pounds of fresh and processed vegetables per person were available for U.S. consumers to eat in 2014, up from 334.1 pounds in 1974, but down from peak per capita vegetable availability of 424.3 pounds in 1996. Read more on availability and most popular vegetables from this Fresh Plaza article.

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8/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Historically high rainfall levels in Louisiana are keeping sweet potato growers out of fields and will affect volumes in the state. Read more on the impact from this Packer report.

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8/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Keeping fresh produce fresh in transit to market is a big deal, and transportation and logistics providers play a key role in getting product safely to customers and, ultimately, consumers. Read more on timeliness from this Packer story.

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8/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
Sweet potato growers say the 2016-17 season looks to be good as growing conditions have been more conducive to quality crops than last year. More on the season can be found in this Packer story.

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8/19/2016 12:00:00 AM
U.S. Seed Potato exports to Panama will now to be traded under a newly signed U.S. Panama Seed Potato Market Access agreement. Read more on the revised agreement from this Spudman article.

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