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Potato News from Idaho

United States Potato Stocks Down 7 Percent From June 2015
In the United States, the 13 major potato producing states held 52.2 million cwt of potatoes in storage June 1, 2016, down 7 percent from June 1, 2015.
University of Idaho leads major research effort to reduce the threat of nematodes
The University of Idaho is leading a $3.2 million project to combat microscopic worms (nematodes) that threaten potato production.
Potato Processor Dickinson Frozen Food fined 273 K for Major Health and Safety violations related to Ammonia Leak.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found an Idaho frozen food manufacturer failed to safeguard employees and was unprepared to respond to a potentially lethal release of 1,300 lbs. of anhydrous ammonia on Dec. 1, 2015.
Vanmark Boise Names Kris Hearst as General Manager
Vanmark Equipment has announced that Kris Hearst has been promoted to General Manager of the Vanmark Boise operation.
Idaho Potato Processing Contracts will make a minimum three-year rotation mandatory
Sources say the 2016 Southern Idaho Potato Cooperative contract will include new language mandating a minimum of two years of alternate crops between potatoes.
Pass the Potassium, with Idaho Potatoes
Idaho® potatoes are a significant source of potassium - an essential nutrient that many Americans do not get enough of on a daily basis.
Quick and early disease detection by drones with hyperspectral camera
Idaho State University researchers have found high-tech cameras mounted on drones flying 60 meters above potato fields can effectively detect individual diseased and stressed plants.
Simplot's Second Generation Innate® Potato Receives FDA Safety Clearance
The Food and Drug Administration has completed its food and feed safety assessment of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes. Simplot will still need to complete its registration with the Environmental Protection Agency for these potatoes before introducing them for sale in the U.S. marketplace.
EEUU aprueba papa genéticamente modificada
En una carta dirigida el martes a J.R. Simplot Co., con sede en Idaho, la FDA dijo que la papa no es sustancialmente diferente en composición o seguridad a otros productos que ya están en el mercado, y no suscita ningún cuestionamiento por el que la agencia tuviera que realizar exámenes más rigurosos antes de que sea comercializada.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Idaho Potato Commission Appoints James Hoff as new Commissioner
The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) announced the recent appointment of James Hoff as a new Commissioner who will serve a three-year term. James Hoff of Hoff Farms in Idaho Falls will be formally sworn in at the IPC’s October meeting.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015