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.
Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Nikolaev yesterday proposed constructing a cold store in Chittagong to export disease-free potatoes to Russia. Potato exports from Bangladesh to Russia are on the rise as demand is high, Nikolaev told reporters after a meeting with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed at the latter's secretariat office in Dhaka.
Der 22-jährige Thomas Birmes ist nun Agrarbetriebstwirt. Er möchte den Hof seiner Eltern in Kempen übernehmen. 1990 spezialisierte sich Johannes Birmes auf den Anbau, die Lagerung und die Direktvermarktung von Kartoffeln. „Wir setzten auf Qualität statt auf Quantität“, sagt Thomas Birmes. Oft würden sich Betriebe auf eine Kultur spezialisieren, um ein höher wertiges Produkt zu erzielen.
HZPC has decided to end its participation in HZPC Sverige AB (Sweden, Billdal). Reason for the decision is insufficient profitability, caused by the slow modernization of the Swedish Seed potato market. Through several distributors, HZPC varieties will continue to be available on the Swedish Seed potato market. Going forward, seed potatoes for the Swedish market will be grown in Finland and the Netherlands or in one of the other seven European countries where HZPC is producing seed potatoes.
Andy Jensen, tri-state research director for the Idaho, Oregon and Washington potato commissions, is leading the Potato Association of America as president. Jensen says his priority for his one-year term is to promote and report the best potato science possible.
Moutoa potato farmer Tony Parlato is a new board member of NZ Potatoes and has been growing potatoes for 20 years. He farms at Moutoa, in Manawatu, with his brother and father as well as two fulltime staff, and he employs about six people seasonally. Parlato talks freely about the potato industry. But talking is new to him as a new board member of Potatoes New Zealand.
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.
The Herbert Oculus next generation optical sorter for washed potatoes and Herbert GF2 box filler will be centre stage on Herbert Engineering’s stand at this year’s Potato Europe in Hanover from September, 3-4. Both machines are top sellers throughout Europe.
Eine Versuchsstation nur für die Kartoffel – natürlich muss sie in der Lüneburger Heide beheimatet sein. Aus Dethlingen, am Rande des Truppenübungsplatzes Munster, erhalten Kartoffelanbauer Tipps für Anbau, Pflege, Ernte und Lagerung der Kartoffeln. Wichtige Impulse gibt es von hier zudem für Züchter, Verarbeitungsunternehmen oder Landtechniker. Sie alle arbeiten nach Mitteilung des Landvolk-Pressedienstes in Forschung und Beratung zusammen. Eng verbunden ist die Versuchsstation mit der Förderungsgemeinschaft der Kartoffelwirtschaft (FG), dem heutigen Trägerverein Dethlingens.
Assets of a £9m-turnover pre-packaged potato supplier were bought out of administration for £79,000, according to a new report, but creditors could be facing a shortfall of more than £2m. Peter O'Hara and Simon Weir, joint administrators at O'Hara & Co, were appointed to Rotherham-headquartered Holme Farm Produce Ltd on 21 July 2014. They tied up a pre-pack deal with Holme Farm (Yorkshire) which safeguarded more than 40 jobs.
A meeting was held Monday for McCain Foods workers who will lose their jobs when the plant in Borden-Carleton shuts down at the end of October, Prince Edward Island government officials say. About 72 of the 121 workers affected along with some spouses attended the meeting, said Skills PEI, organizer of the event that was held at the Kinkora and Kanata Club.
The ban on the import of British fruit and vegetables to Russia, over the Ukraine crisis, has been partially lifted in order to allow British seed potatoes to be exported to Russia. VoR's Jim Ensom spoke to Robert Burns, head of seed and export at the Potato Council, who explained it was a growing market that has huge potential for both countries. Russia imposed a ban on Russia banned all US and EU meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables in response to western sanctions imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. The ban also affected Australia, Canada and Norway.
The Potato Council has announced that a new British export record was set in seed potatoes over the course of the last export season. During the last 12 years, the UK has grown exports from 70,000 per annum to more than 100,000 tonnes - the new record set in 2013/14. While the majority of seed potatoes exported from Britain are from Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland, the organisation said that Yorkshire is an up-and-coming producer and exporter of high quality seed potatoes with an increasing amount grown in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Looking for a stimulating discussion the next time you visit PEI? Walk into any public place and utter the words “deep water wells.” The debate over whether the potato industry should be given more access to what is officially known as “supplemental irrigation” cuts to the very heart of Island life – both now and in the future.
TOMRA Sorting Solutions is to highlight the ability of its sensor-based systems to sort and process potato products at Potato Europe. They will demonstrate the Field Potato Sorter (FPS) and display the Halo sorter at Potato Europe, in Bockerode, near Hanover, Germany, on September 3 and 4. “This is the first successful high throughput optical sorting solution in the industry for unwashed potatoes. The system enables growers, processors and packer companies to lower labour and potato storage costs significantly while raising product quality and yield,” explained Jim Frost, market unit manager, TOMRA Sorting Food.“
Im Weinland wird nicht nur Wein, sondern ­werden auch viele Kartoffeln angebaut. Ein Hersteller von Pommes-Chips deckt 14 Prozent seines Bedarfs im Weinland.
Union workers at the Simplot plant in Grand Forks have reached a contract agreement with the company after being on strike since Aug. 4. Union members approved the latest contract Friday afternoon. They'll now work 12 hour shifts, capped at 14 hours, and work fewer days a week. Before, they worked five, 8 hour days without a cap. The contract takes effect immediately, though it will take until mid-Oct. to get shift logistics worked out.
The price received by potato farmers in the Badulla District has declined. Farmers say that their produce which sold for between Rs.70 and Rs.80 a kilogramme last week is being purchased by private traders at present for between Rs.50 and Rs.60 per kilogramme at present. The harvesting of potatoes in the country largest potato producing district, Badulla, is well underway. Potato farmers and farmers of other crops too are facing a price decline at present.
Since new owners took over Saratoga Chips last year, sales numbers have soared, and to celebrate America’s first kettle chip at the Saratoga Race Course Aug. 24, an airplane pilot and skydivers towing the company’s banners will soar as well. The business has achieved a triple-digit increase in sales and market share from the summer of 2013 to the present. Sales have grown by 177 percent, and market share has expanded from 56 stores carrying the brand to 410 stores. Projections for 2015 point to an increase of $10 million in revenue.
Located just northeast of Charlottetown in the community of Winsloe on Prince Edward Island, the Dollar family operation has gone through many changes since it started in 1915. The farm was a dairy operation until the decision to sell the cows and the milk quota 15 years ago. A friend had some organic certified land and suggested Fred try growing five acres of potatoes. “I said, ‘what the hell. Why not?” said Fred, who works on the farm with with his wife, Vaunda, and son, Kent.
The Potato Council has announced that a new British export record was set in seed potatoes over the course of the last export season. During the last 12 years, the UK has grown exports from 70,000 per annum to more than 100,000 tonnes - the new record set in 2013/14. According to the industry body, the success is largely due to the industry’s work with the Potato Council and plant health authorities on plant health and certification issues.
Haben die Bio-Kartoffelbauern in Deutschland schon in der letzten Woche über viel zu niedrige Erzeugerpreise geklagt, kam zu Beginn dieser Woche der große Schock, der Preis ist noch einmal deutlich nach unten gegangen. „Mit solchen Preisen machen wir mit jedem Hektar, den wir mit Kartoffeln bestellen, mehrere 1.000 Euro Verlust. Wir wollen hier keinen anklagen, denn wir wissen nicht, wie diese Preise entstehen konnten. Deshalb appellieren wir an die Vernunft, dass ökologische Landwirtschaft zu diesen Preisen nicht möglich ist und - nebenbei bemerkt - in der konventionellen Landwirtschaft auch nicht,“ meint Monika Tietke vom Bio Kartoffel Erzeuger Verein (BKE).
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed a case of potato wart in a Prince Edward Island field. In an email to CBC News, CFIA said the field has been placed under quarantine, with the full cooperation of the grower, to prevent the risk of spreading the fungus. The agency has not indicated where the farm is located. Potato wart poses no risk to humans or food safety, but it can be a serious disease for the infected potatoes, which become disfigured.
A Potato Council marketing push this autumn will encourage shoppers to "trade up" from generic potatoes to named varieties. Valued at £370,000, the campaign will aim to reach 6.9 million families through advertisements in food and lifestyle magazines as well as online. The main focus will be on Maris Piper, considered the most widely recognised variety, but it will also urge shoppers to choose varieties appropriate to what they intend to cook.
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