Saturday, 30 July 2016

Volatility Forum: Brexit Adds Uncertainty in Agricultural Markets

Volatility Forum: Brexit Adds Uncertainty in Agric...

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The 20th EAPR Conference to Take Place in Versailles Next Year

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   ARVALIS – Institut du végétal is organizing the 20th Conference of the European Association for ...

INTERPOM | PRIMEURS 2016: Growing through Precision Technology

INTERPOM | PRIMEURS 2016: Growing through Precisio...

  The organizers of INTERPOM | PRIMEURS 2016 have announced the biggest edition ever of the trade...

United States Debate on GMO Labeling Continues

United States Debate on GMO Labeling Continues

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NPC Joins U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba

  The National Potato Council has joined more than 100 prominent national grower organizations, state ...

APH Group, Omnivent and Miedema Sign Deal in China

APH Group, Omnivent and Miedema Sign Deal in China

   APH Group, a potato solutions supplier in Asia, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe, toget...

Diagnostic Module to Reduce Downtime for Processors

Diagnostic Module to Reduce Downtime for Processors

  Tong Engineering is offering a time-saving Diagnostics module as part of its latest pro-series Auto-...

tna's Innovative Seasoning Solution Reduces Lead Time for Snack Producer

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  Canadian-based Brandneu Foods has significantly reduced lead times for its popular range of kale chi...

Tummers Develops Washing Line for Fragile Potatoes

Tummers Develops Washing Line for Fragile Potatoes

 Tummers, the machinery provider for potato processing, developed a washing line for the very fragile a...

Kiremko is the Main Supplier for New Project Linkage Farm Frites in China

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   Dutch engineering company Kiremko will be the main sup...

McCain Foods Invests USD65m in Expanding Its French Fries Plant in Canada

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McCain Foods (Canada) announced a major investment of USD6...

Branston Began the Expansion of Its Potato Processing Plant in Lincoln

Branston Began the E...

The UK potato supplier Branston has begun work on its GBP5...

Processed Potatoes in EU Worth EUR10b in 2014

Processed Potatoes i...

  Processed potatoes (mainly frozen chips and crisps) wer...

Aviko Introduces a Guide for Gluten-free Catering

Aviko Introduces a G...

 The potato processor Aviko is supporting caterers during ...

Government in Venezuela Authorizes Import of Potato Seeds

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   The Deputy Minister of Agriculture in Venezuela, José ...

Scientists Reveal Potato Parasite’s “Toolkit"

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  An international research collaboration led by the Univ...

Kangaroo Island Potato Producer Wins the “Mini MBA” for Farmers

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 Kangaroo Island potato producer Peter Cooper has been nam...

CEJA President: Losing Young Farmers Puts the Future of European Food Production at Risk

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  CEJA President, Alan Jagoe, addressed EU agriculture mi...

Researchers Develop Nutrient-rich Purple Potato

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  A group of researchers from CSU have recently developed...

A group of senators from potatoe-producing states are working to help reverse the "bad rap" that potatoes have received in recent years and to save the school lunch program from banning or severely limiting spuds in the national school lunch program.

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Mark Udall, D-Colo., have proposed an amendment to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill that would protect schools' flexibility in serving healthy fruits and vegetables in the school breakfast and lunch programs, reported ABC News.

New guidelines released in January from the U.S. Department of Agriculture would reduce the use of potatoes, including white potatoes, in school lunches, to a total of one cup per week. The rule would also ban starchy vegetables from the School Breakfast Program completely, starting next year.

The senators amendment would prevent the USDA from moving forward by limiting the options of local school districts, what Collins calls an "arbitrary limitation" on spuds. Collins says that this would amount to discrimination against a vegetable with more potassium than a banana, which is cholesterol free, low and fat and sodium and "can be served in countless healthy ways."

The senators argue against the significant costs that school districts would incur if they couldn't use potatoes, which are cheap when compared to other vegetables, in school meals.

 

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