potatoes

Hybrid Plant
7:02 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Grafted Tomato-Potato Plant Yields 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'

Hand-grafted TomTato plant produces cherry tomatoes on top and white potatoes below.
Credit Thompson and Morgan

A Western Oregon mail order company has begun selling what might become the No. 1 conversation starter of Northwest garden parties this summer.

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WIC and Potatoes
6:12 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Congress Puts Potatoes On The Menu In Nutrition Subsidy

The white potato wasn't part of the WIC voucher that included other vegetables until a new spending package directed the USDA to put them back in the menu.
Credit Idaho Potato Commission

Northwest potato farmers are cheering a small provision tucked into the newly passed federal spending package.

The Women, Infants, and Children or WIC program is the provider of modest monthly vouchers for a variety of foods. WIC will cover any vegetable, except for “white potatoes.”

That single exclusion outraged the potato industry. They felt it sent the wrong message and Northwest lawmakers from both parties got on board to reverse the rule.

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Port Slowdown
5:31 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Northwest Apples, Hay And Potatoes Caught Up In Port Slowdown

A slowdown in operations at ports up and down the West Coast could have long-term consequences for Northwest agriculture if the problems aren’t resolved before the holidays.
Credit jkbrooks85 / Flickr

A slowdown in operations at ports up and down the West Coast is choking off the flow of apples, Christmas trees, potatoes and other Northwest products to foreign markets. Exporters say the delays could have long-term consequences for Northwest agriculture if the problems aren’t resolved before the holidays.

In Washington, fruit shippers have reported sending refrigerated trucks full of apples from this year’s historic crop to the port of Seattle, only to have them sit there for days.

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WIC Program
5:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From Nutrition Program

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program.
Credit USDA

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Friday finalized changes to the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC . And it will cover all fruits and veggies … all but potatoes.

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Genetically Modified Potatoes
5:14 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Idaho Company Seeks To Introduce Genetically Engineered Potato

Simplot Plant Sciences

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 5:11 pm

One of the country's leading suppliers of french fries is asking the federal government to approve genetically modified potatoes. The USDA announced the move Friday by the J.R. Simplot Company of Idaho. It would be the only genetically engineered potato on the market.

Simplot has branded them Innate potatoes. The company figured out how to use existing potato DNA to design a spud that’s less prone to dark spots. It also produces less acrylamide when cooked. Acrylamide is a neurotoxin found in many foods. Studies on animals have indicated it may also cause cancer.

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'Idaho' Trademark
5:05 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Turkish Company Loses Bid To Trademark 'Idaho'

Idaho Potato Commission

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 4:58 pm

It looks like Idaho is the victor in an international trademark dispute over its most famous product. Officials in Turkey blocked a move that would have allowed a Turkish company to stamp “IDAHO” on produce, including potatoes.

For the keepers of the Idaho brand name, it's a crisis averted.

According to records on the Turkish Patent Institute's website, the agency has rejected an application to trademark the word “IDAHO”. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter also received a letter from the Turkish ambassador saying as much.

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Idaho Potatoes
6:27 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Keeping ‘Idaho Potatoes’ From Becoming ‘Brussels Sprouts’ No Easy Task

A promotional photo of Idaho potatoes.
Credit Photo courtesy Idaho Potato Commission

You've heard of fake designer handbags and imitation Apple stores. Well, the state of Idaho is worried about knock-off potatoes. Idaho is trying to block a trademark on the word “IDAHO” in Turkey. The state sees it as a potentially costly threat. But as Jessica Robinson reports, controlling the global brand is no easy task.

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Ban Lifted On Export Potatoes
5:36 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

S. Korea Lifts Ban On NW “Chipping” Potatoes

South Korea has lifted a two month old ban on Northwest potato exports - at least the ones used for potato chips. The move comes after growers agreed to take steps to insure they don’t ship potatoes infected with zebra chip disease.

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South Korea Ban On Potatoes
5:31 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

South Korea Ban On Fresh Northwest Potatoes

Starting Friday, fresh potatoes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington can no longer be exported to South Korea. As Capital Press reported earlier this week, Korea’s export ban results from concerns over an insect-borne disease that causes light yellow potato flesh to darken and stripe — the zebra chip.

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Northwest Potato Disease
4:47 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

'Zebra Chip' Disease Concerns Northwest Potato Growers

Tubers infected with zebra chip disease show dark, stripe-like symptoms in the tissue.
USDA

Northwest agriculture researchers say they are finding more cases of a zebra chip disease in the region’s potatoes. The malady mars spuds with dark streaks, making them unsuitable for sale. The latest case cropped up near Hermiston, Ore.

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