The recent approval of an updated trade agreement for North America is good news for U.S. potato growers who do business in Mexico, according to the top official with the potato industry's lobbying organization. 

The leaves are displaying a cornucopia of color. There’s dust in the air. The hum of harvest is in the air too. Spuds are coming out of the ground by tractor and till in Idaho, but in Florida the same crop isn’t coming out, it’s going in.

BLACKFOOT – There was sadness and dismay in eastern Idaho’s potato community this weekend as the 2019 harvest wound down and growers began tallying up their losses from October’s disastrous freeze while pondering what to do with the tons of unusable tubers it left behind.

Zak and Rick Miller expect to lose a portion of their potato crop to frost damage, but their St. Anthony farm is positioned to survive thanks to a recent outpouring of community support.

Temperatures will be well below freezing this week, and there are still some potatoes left in the ground awaiting harvest. Probability of frost damage occurring on some of the remaining crop is high. Although weather is always hard to predict, it appears cooler temperatures will prevail over…

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County’s farmers have endured a growing season of uncertain weather, starting with a planting season beset by rain and cold spells that morphed into a summer that came with a hot spell accompanied by wind that lasted through grain harvest and into potatoes.

SHELLEY — Despite chilly weather to start the day, the 91st Idaho Spud Day still brought out a decent crowd Saturday and kept the long-running tradition of Shelley’s community celebration — one of the biggest in Bingham County — alive.

SHELLEY — One of the biggest annual celebrations in Bingham County, the 91st Idaho Spud Day, is coming up here this week.

Recent data supplied by Potatoes USA shows the value of potato exports was up in all categories for the marketing year that ended on July 1, though officials say gains would have been even stronger if not for retaliatory tariffs.

POCATELLO – Idaho’s total potato production in 2018 has been valued at $1.03 billion, a 5 percent increase over the 2017 total of $975 million and the second highest total ever.

Congressional aids tour Treasure Valley farm country

KETCHUM — The Idaho Potato Commission has teamed with a 14-year-old ventriloquist who wowed the judges on “America’s Got Talent” and a young child who reviews toys on YouTube, seeking to reach a younger generation of consumers.

KIMBERLY — Marissa Steiner and Tyler Mangum have been looking through microscopes for hours, scanning hand-sized, yellow sticky cards studded with dead insects.

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County farmers who reported development delays with their potato crops of up to three weeks due to cold and moist early season weather say they’re now having to harvest late, and at unusual hours.

IDAHO FALLS — Leaders in Idaho’s potato industry see signs that the state will produce a smaller crop this fall than in 2018, when growers reported record yields, and the manageable crop size should contribute to a strong marketing year.

ABERDEEN — Farmers throughout much of the state may be in for a weedy growing season, due to cold and rainy spring weather, a University of Idaho Extension weed expert said.

Many brands have mascots to help engage consumers with their products. Examples include Ronald McDonald, the Energizer Bunny, the Jolly Green Giant, Mr. Peanut — and I have no doubt you can name dozens of others.

BURLEY — McDonald’s french fries were scrutinized by robotic eyes, peeled, sorted and bagged in a highly automated process Monday as visitors toured the new McCain Foods USA plant during the company’s grand opening.