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Published January 18, 2010, 01:59 PM

Potato stocks down in North Dakota

Potato stocks in North Dakota are down 14 percent from both a year ago and from 2008.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Potato stocks in North Dakota are down 14 percent from both a year ago and from 2008.

The Agriculture Department says the amount of potatoes held by growers, dealers and processors in the state on Jan. 1 stood at 10.8 million hundredweight — the lowest Jan. 1 level in 21 years.

Current stocks represent 56 percent of production.

Nationwide, potato stocks on Jan. 1 stood at 235 million hundredweight — up 10 percent from last year and up 1 percent from 2008.

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