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Potato News from Oregon

Lamb Weston saves energy with installation efficient refrigeration equipment
Potato Processor Lamb Weston recently implemented new refrigeration equipment in its Hermiston plant, which company executives said will save 12 million kilowatt hours annually.
Oregon Governor visits Lamb Weston - Hermiston expansion
Lamb Weston Hermiston welcomed the Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who got a look at the site where workers are busy constructing the $250 million expansion of the existing french fry factory.
Fight over water in Klamath Basin affects potato growers
Farmers, fish advocates, tribes and government officials are headed to federal court in California on Wednesday (today) to argue who will get water — and when — in the Klamath Basin.
Lamb Weston expansion in Hermiston comes with millions in tax break.
Lamb Weston's $220 million plan for its french fry making operation in Hermiston will come with a 15-year property tax break.
Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) renamed Food Northwest
The Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) has renamed itself Food Northwest, to better reflect the composition of its membership.
Vanmark Expands its Line of Peelers, Scrubber and Washers with the lower capacity 1820 Series
Equipment manufacturer Vanmark now offers with the 1820 series a lower capacity continuous Peeler/Scrubber/Washer suitable for potatoes. The new machinery is ideal for processors that increase automation or are upgrading from batch processing
Lamb Weston invests 250 Million in additional French Fry line; Quarterly Dividend raised
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LW) announced today an expansion of french fry processing capacity in North America and an increase in its quarterly dividend.
Portland Potato Vodka Reaches First 1,000 Case Month
Eastside Distilling, Inc., a producer of award-winning craft spirits, today announced that its award-winning Portland Potato Vodka surpassed 1,000 cases sold for the month of October.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Inspecting the harvested potatoes as they are loaded for transport to the packing plant
The spring weather in Oregon may not have been ideal, but potato farmer Tony Amstad, owner of Amstad Farms, is still pleasantly surprised with the size and quality of his early season potatoes.
Columbia Basin potato farmers pleased with harvest
As fall potato harvest wraps up around the Columbia Basin, farmers are expecting above-average yield and quality thanks to an exceptional growing season.