EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Reds have always been important in the region’s spud industry, says Chuck Gunnerson, president and chief executive officer of the Northern Plains Potato Growers, based in East Grand Forks, Minn.
BUXTON, N.D. — It’s Christmas, and NoKota Packers Inc. is cranking out the reds, hoping to bring in some green to ring in the holidays. The reds, of course, are NoKota’s famous Red River Valley red potatoes.
EDINBURGH, Scotland — Allan Parker, president of the World Potato Congress Inc., can’t tell you where in the world the next congress will be.
World Potato Congress Inc. is based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the first of eight congresses was held there in 1993.
NORTHUMBERLAND, England — Lucy and Anthony Carroll started Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes with two varieties in a garden in 2000.
Today, their Tiptoe Farm, a stone’s throw from Scotland, has grown to 60 acres of potatoes, including up to 16 acres of their single-largest variety.
EAST LOTHIAN, Scotland — Luffness Mains farm has been growing “tatties” — the United Kingdom word for potatoes — since 1914.
Owner Allan Stevenson, chairman of the Potato Council of the United Kingdom, hosted a farm tour as part of the commercial/consumer tours associated with the World Potato Congress, May 27 to 30 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
EDINBURGH, Scotland — Neil Gudmestad tells audiences he’d like to change the name of “zebra chip,” disease to “zebra complex.” But it seems the powers of an international potato disease expert have their limits.
EDINBURGH, Scotland — Potatoes have eyes, but it takes a world of people to see how a crop that came to Europe in 1536 (and the United States in 1719) will be environmentally and economically prosperous so it can help feed a hungry world in 2012 and beyond.
WASHINGTON — As the Senate makes plans to take up the farm bill, the Environmental Working Group last week released a study of crop insurance that shows some farms get big premium subsidies including those in North Dakota and Minnesota and urged Congress to consider releasing the names of crop insurance beneficiaries and putting limits on the subsidies.
FARGO, N.D — With planting less than a month away, a company hoping to contract with farmers in 2012 to convert sugar beets into ethanol at a defunct corn-based ethanol plant in Grafton, N.D., has only about 400 acres of its 12,000-acre goal, officials say.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 30 defended the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to close some Farm Service Agency county offices if they were within 20 miles of each other “as the crow flies,” and also the agency’s cuts to certain research programs.
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