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1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
Levels of zebra chip, a crop disease in potatoes spread by potato psyllids and caused by the Liberibacter bacterium, were down signficiantly in the Pacific Northwest. Read more on the psyllid levels from this Capital Press article.

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1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
A 25% drop in the value of the Canadian currency versus the U.S. dollar over the past two years has made U.S. fresh produce imports more expensive north of the border but boosted prospects for Canadian fruit and vegetable exporters. Read more on the stronger dollar from this Packer article.

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1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
The purpose of this Farmdoc Daily article is to provide a full-year review of biodiesel production profitability in 2014.

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1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
Western Sugar Cooperative officials say the co-op must dispose of 10,000 tons of rotten sugar beets and has offered them free to livestock feeders. Read more on the free beets from this Nebraska TV article.

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1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in November approved for commercial planting a potato genetically engineered to have reduced bruising and browning-unsightly blemishes that lower the value of potatoes. The potato, developed by the potato giant J.R. Simplot in Boise, Idaho, is dubbed Innate as it contains only elements from sexually compatible, wild potato relatives, and employs RNA interference (RNAi) to reduce the level of several enzymes, among them one that produces the potentially carcinogenic metabolite acrylamide.

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1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
More than any other segment of the food industry, the potato industry has made the greatest improvements in the fatty acid profile of its products, including French fried potatoes. Although the oils used to cook today's fries are now predominately all-vegetable oils that contain primarily mono- and polyunsaturated fats, French fries are still often incorrectly cited as a source of trans fat in popular media and scientific publications alike. The dramatic reduction in the trans fat content of French fried potatoes was recently confirmed by two new studies published in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
AUSTRALIAN families are playing an increasing role in consumer decisions to buy potatoes, according to the latest data from the Potato Tracker project. Results from Wave Four of the ongoing study which gauges consumer attitudes and behaviour in relation to potatoes have revealed 51 per cent of respondents said they bought spuds because they were enjoyed by their whole family.

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1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
A long-time potato farmer in Sudbury is getting into the french fry business. Gerry Philippe's new product - called Farmhouse Fresh Fries - are partially cooked in oil and put in a pouch, but they are never frozen. Philippe said his fries also have no preservatives or chemicals.

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1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
As a potato grower, if two of your New Year's resolutions were to expand your potato operation and to travel more - consider the South Pacific island of Fiji for your potato expansion. The Fiji Trade Commissioner Jay Singh had a booth at the Potato Expo looking for potato growers to come grow potatoes in Fiji.

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1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
A potato growing cooperative based in Grand Forks has sued BNSF Railway over damaged potatoes. The Associated Potato Growers filed its suit against BNSF last week. It alleges that two shipments of potatoes were damaged during trips from Grafton to Pennsylvania in early 2014.An agent of APG wrote to a BNSF representative in February 2014, providing notice of a claim for damages. BNSF denied APG's claims a few months later, according to the suit.

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