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United States potatoes and potato product export reaches new records
Exports of all United States potatoes and potato products reached a record $1,758,130,172 for the July 2016 – June 2017 marketing year. U.S. exports also achieved a record volume level of 1,712,364 metric tons (MT).
Chef RJ Harvey Joins Potatoes USA as Global Foodservice Marketing Manager
Chef RJ Harvey has joined Potatoes USA as the Global Foodservice Marketing Manager.
Colorado State University to study the spread of pathogens in US potato crops
Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner this week announced that Colorado State University will receive $264,600 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the spread of pathogens in U.S potato crops.
Nominations Open for 2018 Potatoes USA Board Members
Potatoes USA announces nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2018-2021 term. Fifty-eight members will be elected or re-elected to fill open seats and the seats of outgoing Board Members who are completing their second three-year term in March 2018.
Conagra Brands completes acquisition of Thanasi Foods (Duke's meat snacks and BIGS seeds)
Today Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) announced that it has completed the acquisition of protein-based snacking businesses Thanasi Foods LLC, maker of Duke's® meat snacks, and BIGS LLC, maker of BIGS® seeds (collectively, Thanasi).
Gangwish and Moss Appointed to Lead Potatoes USA Research Committee
Steve Gangwish of Watertown, South Dakota and Dan Moss of Declo, Idaho were appointed to the Potatoes USA Executive Committee on March 16, 2017
LaJoie and Davenport Appointed to Lead Potatoes USA Industry Outreach Committee
Jay LaJoie of Van Buren, Maine and Jason Davenport of Arvin, California were appointed to the Potatoes USA Executive Committee on March 16, 2017 and will co-chair the Industry Outreach Committee.
Potatoes USA International Marketing Committee Meeting Overview
The Potatoes USA international marketing committee met prior to the Annual Meeting in Denver March 15 & 16. The committee heard how U.S. potato exports have grown 183% in the past 20 years and now account for close to 20% of production.
Potatoes USA Elects New Leadership During 2017 Annual Meeting
The Potatoes USA grower membership elected new leadership during its Annual Meeting held in Denver earlier this month.
Potatoes USA Board Members for 2017 Sworn in during Annual Meeting
The Potatoes USA Board Members for 2017 were sworn in during its Annual Meeting in Denver Colorado.