EAGLE — A marketing expert who was raised in Shelley and has deep roots in the potato industry will be tasked with maintaining Idaho’s reputation for having the world’s top taters.

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While the annual two-week potato harvest is as common to Upper Valley residents as are the spuds themselves, such wasn’t the case for two Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionaries who helped harvest on Thursday.

USDA’s Sept. 10 crop production report provided the first glimpse of just how harsh this year’s growing season in Idaho was.

From April through June, potato sales declined in dollars by 10.5% and in volume by 15.5% compared with the same time period in 2020. However, when sales are compared with that same timeframe in 2019, sales increased in value and volume. Consumers spent $317 million more from April through J…

Groups representing U.S. potato growers have sent a letter to the U.S. agriculture secretary and trade representative asking them to adopt a “trust but verify” stance when it comes to negotiations with Mexico on full market access for fresh U.S. potatoes.

You may have read last week that Mexican Agriculture Secretary Víctor Villalobos Arámbula is expected to travel to Washington, D.C. in early August to meet with his American counterpart, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. The meeting is expected to include a discussion of the decades-long issue con…

TWIN FALLS — As the Magic Valley prepares for potentially record setting heat this week, farmers, potato researchers and dairy scientists are all voicing concerns.

WASHINGTON – The National Potato Council recently participated in an agriculture industry roundtable discussion with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, in an effort to find bipartisan support for legislation th…

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BLACKFOOT — Basic American Foods is pleased to announce that starting in August 2021, team members at their Blackfoot, Shelley and Rexburg manufacturing locations will be moving to straight shifts instead of rotating shifts. Stable, consistent schedules will improve team members’ quality of …

DENVER — Potatoes USA announced June 3 nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2022-2025 term. The board is seeking nominees to fill a total of 58 open seats for producers from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgi…

The excitement that U.S. potato growers felt following an April 28 decision by the Mexican Supreme Court to open up that entire nation to fresh potato exports from the United States has been blunted somewhat.

TWIN FALLS — The county Planning and Zoning Commission tabled a company’s proposal to build two new potato cellars after expressing concern that the applicant’s existing cellars are not in compliance with a conditional use permit granted in 2018.

WASHINGTON – The Mexican Supreme Court ruled by a unanimous vote of five to zero ON Wednesday in favor of overturning a 2017 lower court decision that prevented the Mexican federal government from implementing regulations to allow for the importation of fresh U.S. potatoes throughout the country.

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.

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…