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Potato News from Florida

Arnold Mack with his wife Brenda
Fresh Solutions Network announced that Mack Farms has joined their network of best-in-industry grower/shipper partners.
Past Presidents National Potato Council Honored for WIC Accomplishment
At the National Potato Council (NPC) Annual Meeting on January 9, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, seven NPC past presidents were invited to come on stage to be recognized for their involvement in adding fresh white potatoes to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Impression of one of the many POTATO EXPO 2015 receptions
POTATO EXPO 2015, held January 7-9, in Orlando, Florida, turned out to be the greatest event yet for exhibitors and attendees.
US Potato Board Salad Bar challenge
United States Potato Board President & CEO Blair Richardson surprised attendees at the POTATO EXPO 2015 with an industry challenge to install 3,000 potato-friendly salad bars in school lunch programs across the United States.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Dan Lake
At the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2015 Annual Meeting, held January 9-10, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, Dan Lake from Lake Seed, Inc. of Ronan, Montana, was elected to serve as NPC’s president for 2015 and to lead the council’s Executive Committee.
TOMRA Sorting Food to demonstrate Halo at Potato Expo in Orlando
TOMRA Sorting Food will exhibit its innovative Halo sorting system at Potato Expo 2015, the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry in North America.
Burger King Stores Discontinue Satisfries as Sales Fizzle
After less than a year of being on the menu, Burger King is getting rid of its lower-calorie french fries, called Satisfries, at most of its restaurants.
Sub surface drip irrigation saves water, fertilizer
A Florida-based potato farmer who recently won an award for his sustainable irrigation methods firmly believes all farmers should adopt the system for the good of the planet.
Potato and Tomato affected by late blight
A University of Florida scientist has pinpointed Mexico as the origin of the pathogen that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, a finding that may help researchers solve the $6 billion-a-year disease that continues to evolve and torment potato and tomato growers around the world.
Organic vs Local (courtesy UCLA)
With more people buying local and organic food, consumers should know the difference between the two so they recognize what they’re buying, but nearly one in five still confuse the terms, a University of Florida researcher says.