Twenty-seven of the nation’s leading food and agriculture associations have raised the alarm over what they claim is a rapidly deteriorating trade relationship with Mexico when it comes to food and ag product exports.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Potato Council and 26 leading food and agriculture associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai yesterday communicating growing concerns over the rapid deterioration of the U.S.-Mexico trade rel…

From Feb. 24-27, the 2021 National Potato Council Executive Committee hosted the virtual 2021 Potato D.C. Fly-In, which brought the industry together to fulfill the council’s mission to “stand up for potatoes on Capitol Hill.”

WASHINGTON — At the National Potato Council Annual Meeting held virtually on Feb. 22, Dominic LaJoie of Van Buren, Maine, was elected to serve as NPC’s 2021 President and to head the grower-led organization’s Executive Committee.

BLACKFOOT — More potatoes are produced in Bingham County than any other county in Idaho and the United States and when it comes to spuds, Bingham is the center of the potato universe.

Two new potato varieties with ties to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Aberdeen are poised to be released soon by the Tri-State Potato Research and Breeding Program.

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With the click of a mouse, U.S. potato growers will participate this month in a lobbying trip that usually requires them to board a plane and put in nearly a week of long days in Washington, D.C.

The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans have yet again confirmed the importance of eating more vegetables such as potatoes that provide potassium and vitamin C.

BOISE (AP) — U.S. officials have released a new plan involving methods to deal with a microscopic pest in southeastern Idaho that threatens the state’s billion-dollar industry that supplies a third of the nation’s potatoes.

Each year, the Potato Expo brings together growers, suppliers and industry experts to make the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry.

Google searches for the word “recipe” skyrocketed during the first quarter of 2020 and are still up by about 16% from 2019, explained University of Idaho Extension educator Joel Packham.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Nevada coach Jay Norvell had plenty of reasons to be emotional as he challenged his team before it took the field in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. And his players responded.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress approved on Monday night contains several provisions that should significantly help the nation’s farmers, according to leaders with the National Potato Council.

U.S. potato imports for the first quarter of the July 2020 – June 2021 marketing year were up 19% in total. This increase was led by a 28% increase in fresh potatoes from Canada, a 20% increase in frozen potatoes, also mainly from Canada and increasing imports from the EU. Imports of dehydra…

Based on an analysis of the potatoes and potato products sold at retail and foodservice, and accounting for the volume of U.S. exports and imports, there was a 5% decline in the utilization of potatoes grown in the U.S. during the July 2019 – June 2020 marketing year (MY20).

POCATELLO — Idaho’s iconic potato industry suffered through a major scare due to the restrictions and shutdowns imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

BOISE — On. Oct. 29, the J.R. Simplot Company announced a collection of global sustainability targets in four areas aimed at major reductions over a 10-year period. The Company’s global 4Sight 2030 goals are the latest effort in the global food and agriculture company’s ongoing commitment to…

When we all said goodbye to each other at the end of the 2020 NPC Annual Meeting in January, we could never have predicted how the year would play out. While our industry has struggled to pull through during these unprecedented times, we can all be proud of the leaders elected at the Annual …

BOISE — The J.R. Simplot Company has partnered with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to open approximately 10,000 acres of the company’s private property in southeast Idaho’s highlands for hunting, fishing and recreation use. This opportunity comes through the property’s enrollment in I…

KALISPELL, Mont. — When the height of the coronavirus pandemic first took hold last spring, forcing a nationwide shutdown, Flathead Valley seed potato farmer Steve Streich gave away 70,000 pounds of potatoes.

AMMON — Residents hand-picked 1,480 pounds of red, gold, purple and brown potatoes from dark, rich soil dug by an antique machine here recently.

GRACE — Gage Stoddard woke up around 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. He hopped out of bed, laced his new shoes, got into his 1995 Chevy Silverado and drove into the darkness of rural Caribou County.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and USDA have announced the Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges, a competition to advance agricultural sustainability in the United States. The competition includes two challenges that seek proposals for new and existing fertilizer technologies to maintain…

Idaho’s potato industry is applauding a letter issued by the state’s two U.S. senators calling for increased access for U.S. fresh potato exports into Mexico.

U.S. sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both R-Idaho, and Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, are calling on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to continue to advocate for increased access for United States fresh potato exports to Mexico during any …