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2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM
When the International Crop Expo began 15 years ago, organizers weren't sure what to expect. Though optimistic, they weren't quite certain how the fusion of three smaller events would go. But the Crop Expo, created by the combination of events hosted individually by small grains, potato and soybean groups after the Alerus Center opened in Grand Forks, N.D., has become a longstanding success and a cornerstone of the area's winter meeting season. This year's Crop Expo, which again features both informational sessions and exhibits, is set for Feb. 17 and 18 at the Alerus. It's expected to draw 5,000 people and 177 exhibits.

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2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM
The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has launched a contest to fly a Canadian family to the Island for some potato-related adventures this summer. In just eight days since the board's Spudtastic Sweepstakes launched, it already has close to 20,000 entries from across Canada. "It's been huge. We're so excited to see the response," said Kendra Mills, marketing director for the PEI Potato Board. The prize is for a family of four and includes hotels and transportation and a host of Fall Flavours events and meals. The winner will be drawn randomly from all entries when the contest closes at the end of February.

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2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM
The United States Potato Board's Assistant Marketing Manager Schylar Denton has been in her role since mid-November of 2015. She shares what she enjoys about her role in addition to being able to be a part of a dynamic and hard working marketing team. Denton: "Also just being able to work on all the different marketing programs that we do have: including our new school food service program and our Salad Bar Challenge - those are some of my favorite things about my position." I asked if she had had the opportunity to meet members of the potato industry.

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2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM
The United States Potato Board has just launched a new marketing campaign. USPB Marketing Program Director Kim Breshears shares more details: "We are calling it the Ninth Wonder of the World - Potatoes. This celebrates the fun and versatility of cooking with potatoes. We are tapping into the adventurous nature of today's consumers with a variety of tactics that range from print adverting, to digital advertising, to social media, to use of video, we're working extensively with the media to get a lot of PR coverage. Really to just celebrate all the wonder that the potato delivers to consumers in their cuisines."

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2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM
Of the three new potato varieties released by the Maine Potato Board and University of Maine in the past two years, at least one is gaining traction in the market. The Maine Potato Board of directors voted during a Jan. 28 meeting to allow the board's executive staff to discuss an international licensing arrangement for the Caribou Russet with McCain Foods, the world's largest producer of french fries. Released last March, the Caribou Russet "does seem to have some real potential," Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, said. The board and University of Maine license the variety in the U.S. and Canada, but McCain Foods is interested in paying for the rights to license it in other countries.

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2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM
U.S. exports of fuel ethanol were generally small prior to 2010. For 2010, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated exports at 398.5 million gallons. Exports peaked at just under 1.2 billion gallons in 2011 when Brazilian ethanol supplies were in short supply. Exports declined to 619 million gallons in 2013, but recovered to 846 million gallons in 2014.

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2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM
Shawn Conley is embarking on a State-Wide Project aimed at generating baseline producer data on current soybean management practices in Wisconsin's production systems. The project goal is to identify the key factors that preclude the State's Soybean Producers from obtaining yields that should be potentially possible on their respective individual farms. The term used for the difference between what yield is possible on your farm each year and what you yield you actually achieve is called a "Yield Gap". Read more on the project from this Crop Manager article.

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2/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
U.S. 2015/16 wheat exports are lowered 25 million bushels this month to 775 million. U.S. exports are lowered on increased international competition, especially from Canada. This export total is the lowest since 1971/72. Read more on exports and stocks from this AgFax.com article.

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