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I wish I would have heard tha... Posted on 2/6/13 at 8:43 AM
STAFF BLOG CHEF JEFF Greek Potato Salad
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GRAND FORKS (AP) — Potato blight has been found in the Red River Valley.
North Dakota State University plant entomologist Neil Gudmestad said the disease was first confirmed at a Northern Plains Potato Growers Association irrigation test site at Inkster, and later confirmed in several fields near Larimore.
Potato stocks in North Dakota are up 3 percent from a year ago, but down 14 percent from 2007.
The Agriculture Department says the amount of potatoes held by growers, dealers and processors on Feb. 1 stood at 10.3 million hundredweight. Current stocks represent 45 percent of production.
North Dakota farmers produced 22.7 million hundred-pound bags of potatoes this year, down 4 percent from last year.
The Agriculture Department says there were 82,000 acres of potatoes planted this year. That’s down 15 percent from last year.
Harvested acres was pegged at 81,000 acres in 2008, down 11 percent from last year.
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson says a deal to ship seed potatoes to Cuba has stalled, in part over a language barrier.
“There is zero chance North Dakota seed potatoes will be going to Cuba this fall — the calendar just got away,” Johnson said.
Johnson said one question yet to be answered is where the potato shipments will be inspected, either in North Dakota or a sea port.
The Cuban proposal, when translated to English, says potato shipments would be inspected at a “loading port” but Johnson believes it should be “loading point.”
By James MacPherson, The APress
, November 03, 2008
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson says the state’s potato farmers are scrambling to gather seed potatoes for an anticipated shipment to Cuba.
The federal government has approved rules to deal with potato food-safety issues, known as “sanitary and phytosanitary measures,” that ensure the commodity is disease and insect-free, said Melissa O’Dell, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
By James MacPherson, The Associated Press
, August 30, 2008
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