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Market Report June 20th, 2018
Published on: 6/20/2018
Chip companies are pulling new-crop potatoes from Florida, North Carolina and Missouri. The Florida harvest is winding down. North Carolina is wet, and supplies are limited. Missouri’s harvest started late. Growers are not looking to sell open potatoes at this time. Growers in Wisconsin, Maine, the Red River Valley and New York are still shipping chip potatoes from storage. Wisconsin will be shipping from storage through the end of the month
Market Report June 13th, 2018
Published on: 6/13/2018
Michigan’s planting season is wrapping up. Wet weather has resulted in spotty stands, in some fields. However, the southwest Michigan chip crop should be ready to harvest by the end of July. Chip companies are likely to be anxious to start the harvest, due to the difficulty that they are having getting trucks in other growing areas. In addition, supplies of early new-crop potatoes may be falling short of earlier expectations.
Market Report June 6th, 2018
Published on: 6/6/2018
Michigan storage chip potatoes are cleaning up rapidly. Several operations shipped their last potatoes today. A few will be going for another week. Dealers indicate that they could have moved more storage potatoes, had they been available. At least one Wisconsin chip operation will continue to ship storage potatoes through July 1. That company had contracts that ran through July 15, but demand has been strong enough to shorten up supplies.
Market Report May 30th, 2018
Published on: 5/30/2018
Chip companies continue to run almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Florida has a big crop, but continual rain is taking a toll on quality. Dealers indicate that soft rot is becoming a problem for loads not delivered on time. The industry believes that it will be able to run on Florida potatoes until the North Carolina crop is ready.
Market Report May 23rd, 2018
Published on: 5/23/2018
Wet weather continues to slow planting progress in Michigan and New York. Planting is only about 50% complete in central Michigan. On the other hand, fair weather is allowing the Maine crop to go in rapidly. Though that state’s planting got off to a slow start, experts expect most of the crop to be planted by the end of this week.
Market Report May 16th, 2018
Published on: 5/16/2018
Chip manufacturers continue to pull potatoes from storage at a rapid pace. Most storage potatoes should be cleaned up by the end of May, but it could be the middle of June before the last potatoes are gone. Dealers report that Florida has good quality chip potatoes, but it is difficult to find trucks to move those potatoes to northern plants. Buyers also are concerned that wet weather and heat could result in deterioration of Florida’s remaining potatoes.
Market Report May 9th, 2018
Published on: 5/9/2018
Storage chip potato movement has been strong. Supplies may clean up somewhat earlier than anticipated earlier. Some storage potatoes have gone out of condition and will no longer fry. Florida growers are looking for buyers for open potatoes that need to be harvested now. There is some concern that supplies could tighten during the last half of the Florida harvest, particularly if storage supplies clean up earlier than buyers had planned for. Some Florida fields were hurt by up to 7 inches of rain during the last half of April.
Market Report May 2nd, 2018
Published on: 5/2/2018
Growers in central Michigan and Wisconsin were finally able to start planting potatoes late last week. The start of planting is 10-14 days behind normal. One Wisconsin grower has indicated that he started planting one day later than his latest start on record, which was in 2013. The late start may push back the start of harvest, but it is not a strong indicator of yield potential in either Michigan or Wisconsin.
Market Report April 25th, 2018
Published on: 4/25/2018
Wet weather continues to slow field work and planting progress in the upper Midwest. Planting will be at least two weeks behind average in Michigan.
Market Report April 18th, 2018
Published on: 4/18/2018
Snow and cold weather continue to delay planting across the northern tier of states. Observers believe that the potato crop is at least 10 days behind in central Michigan. Wisconsin growers doubt that they will be able to plant any potatoes before May 1. They usually want to get started by April 10. Though potato crops seem to have a way of catching up during the summer, this year’s delays will push back the start of harvest for both table potatoes and chip potatoes, in the affected areas. That has created more interest in storage potatoes.
Market Report April 11th, 2018
Published on: 4/11/2018
Chip potato markets remain quiet. Business is steady. Plants are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Central Florida growers are looking for more business. The first Hastings area chipstock will be harvested this weekend. However, volume shipments will not start until April 20. The Hastings crop looks extremely good, though we are picking up reports of rainfall in excess of seven inches in the last three days. Based on data from Florida reporting stations, it appears that the rainfall was spotty. It is too early to assess damage to the crop.
Market Report April 4th, 2018
Published on: 4/4/2018
Chip potato markets are quiet. Chip plants are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes. A few plants are switching to new-crop potatoes from central Florida. Buyers are pleased with the quality of potatoes coming out of storage. Though supplies are heavier than usual for this time of the year, buyers are likely to take every potato remaining in storage, as long as they meet quality standards.
Market Report March 28th, 2018
Published on: 3/28/2018
Chip potato markets are quiet. Chip plants are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Some companies may need extra time to work through their contracts this spring. Northern plants have cut back on contract volumes. Some observers think that the cuts may leave companies short on supplies, unless there are open potatoes available to fill the void.
Market Report March 22nd, 2018
Published on: 3/22/2018
Chip potato markets remain quiet. Chip companies are running plants almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Movement is steady, with supplies expected to last into June for some northern plants. Contract negotiations are ongoing. Virginia growers are planting potatoes.
Market Report March 14th, 2018
Published on: 3/14/2018
Chip companies continue to run almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Movement is steady, and quality is good. At the current pace, Michigan will continue to ship storage potatoes through June 10. Central Florida has a good crop, on reduced acreage. Harvest should get under way during the first week of April, though chip companies are in no rush to get started
Market Report March 7th, 2018
Published on: 3/7/2018
Chip manufacturers continue to run plants almost exclusively on contract potatoes. We have picked up some concerns about the quality of potatoes currently being delivered. Some Snowdens have excessive pressure bruising. Companies are starting to switch to late-season varieties, that are expected to hold quality for longer in the season.
Market Report February 28th, 2018
Published on: 2/28/2018
The typical late-winter shipping slowdown is continuing. Movement is steady, at the slower pace. We continue to pick up reports of supplies being shuffled between chip potato growers with contract overages and those who are coming up short on contracts. Nevertheless, chip plants continue to run almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Northern plants are planning to run on storage potatoes through much of May, with some going into June.
Market Report February 21st, 2018
Published on: 2/22/2018
Chip potato markets are extremely quiet. Chip manufacturers are running plants almost exclusively with contract potatoes. A Florida plant has switched to new-crop potatoes from the Melbourne area. February tends to be a slow time for chip potato movement. This year is no exception.
Market Report February 14th, 2018
Published on: 2/17/2018
Chip potato markets are quiet. Plants are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes. There is some swapping among growers, in order to align supplies with contracted volumes. We are picking up indications that some chip companies have more potatoes under contract than they can use.
Market Report February 7th, 2018
Published on: 2/7/2018
Chip potato markets remain quiet. Dealers are expecting movement to slow down seasonally, but report that movement remains steady, at this point. Chip companies are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Companies are holding contract discussions with growers in North Carolina and Missouri, but contracts are not yet settled.
US fresh potato shipments for the week ending February 3, 2018 totaled 1.691 million cwt. That is down from 1.832 million cwt shipped cwt during the same period, in 2017. Michigan packers shipped 49,955 cwt of fresh potatoes during the week ending February 3. That is down from 51,950 cwt a year earlier. Last week’s Michigan shipments were 74.0% Russet potatoes, 17.6% Round White potatoes, 7.6% Yellow varieties, and 0.8% Red potatoes.
Market Report January 31st, 2018
Published on: 1/31/2018
Chip potato business is steady, though dealers anticipate a seasonal slowdown following the Super Bowl. Quality is good. Potatoes are storing well. Chip companies are running almost exclusively on open market potatoes. The only open market activity appears to be swapping potatoes between growers who have overages and those who need extra potatoes to fill their contracts.
Market Report January 24th, 2017
Published on: 1/24/2018
The chip potato market is extremely quiet. Chip companies are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Some have more potatoes under contract than they need, but we haven’t heard of any potatoes being turned back to growers, at this point. Recovery rates are running much higher than usual this year, which is putting a drag on movement. Business appears to be good, as movement is flat to down slightly, much less than the increase in recovery rates.
Market Report January 17th, 2018
Published on: 1/17/2018
USDA has revised its estimate of 2017 fall potato production up 908,000 cwt. To 399.8 million cwt. The agency trimmed its estimate of Michigan’s harvested area by 1,500 acres, to 45,000 acres. Local observers indicate that that is a conservative estimate of the area abandoned due to frost damage. USDA held its yield estimate, for the state, at 400 cwt per acre. Our sources believe the real yield is closer to 380 cwt per acre. If that is accurate, Michigan’s actual production may be 1.1 million cwt less than the 18.0 million cwt reported in USDA’s crop production annual. USDA also added 2.05 million cwt to its estimate of Spring potato production, and 1.43 million cwt to its estimate of summer potato production. We suspect that those increases reflect primarily chip potato production that was previously underreported.
Market Report January 10th, 2018
Published on: 1/10/2018
Market Report January 3rd, 2018
Market Report January 3rd, 2018
Published on: 1/3/2018
Michigan growers picked up additional orders for chip potatoes due to truck shortages in other areas. Chip plants continue to run almost exclusively on contract potatoes. The open market is quiet. USDA indicates that Michigan shipped 1.389 million cwt of chip potatoes during December. That is 5.6% less than December 2016 shipments. Reported national chip potato shipments were down 2.9% from 2016 movement. The downturn probably reflects better recovery rates this year, rather than a downturn in potato chip consumption.
Transportation is likely to be a continuing issue for the chip potato industry, in 2018. Truck shortages have become more common in recent years. Regulations that require an electronic log of truck drivers’ hours and mileage are expected to further reduce trucking capacity, if and when they are implemented. That is a major factor in the industry’s push to limit reliance on new-crop potatoes from Florida.
Market Report December 27th, 2017
Published on: 12/27/2017
Chip potato markets are quiet. Chip plants are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Movement is steady. Storage potatoes appear to be holding well. Very little happening during the holidays. Reports indicate that one large player is cutting Florida contract volume by 15%. Another player does not plan to contract any pota-toes in Florida this year. Many Florida contracts remain to be settled, though planting is getting under way in the Hastings area. Some Florida growers have been turning back seed potatoes due to the lack of demand.
Market Report December 20th, 2017
Published on: 12/20/2017
Chip potato markets are quiet in the lead up to Christmas. The major buzz in the market regards Campbell Soup’s purchase of Snyder-Lance for $4.87 billion. That deal also includes Kettle Foods. It is our understanding that Kettle was in the process of consolidating its supplier base ahead of the announced merger. The deal should improve Snyder-Lance’s ability to compete in certain distribution channels. It probably will be a net positive for the potato chip industry.
Market Report December 13th, 2017
Published on: 12/13/2017
Chip potato markets remain flat. Dealers are concerned that slow movement might be backing up the crop. Market News data put Michigan chip potato shipments from the 2017 crop, through December 9, at 4.964 million cwt.
Market Report December 6th, 2017
Published on: 12/6/2017
The chip potato market is extremely quiet. Dealers are showing no interest in open chip potatoes, though there may be some trading between growers, to cover those who came up short on their contracts. We still hear concerns about the storability of this year’s crop, but chip companies are counting on enough storage potatoes to carry northern plants into June.
Market Report November 29th, 2017
Published on: 11/29/2017
Chip plants continue to run almost exclusively on contract potatoes. Dealers believe that open potatoes would sell for close to contract prices, but they cannot verify any business at that level. Buyers are in discussions with Florida growers, but there have been no deals so far. The trade expects contract volumes to be down from last year, but buyers are still trying to determine how many potatoes they need.
Market Report November 22nd, 2017
Published on: 11/22/2017
Chip potato markets are quiet ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Buyers are confident that growers have plenty of potatoes to fill contracts, in spite of Michigan’s late-season loss..
Market Report November 15th, 2017
Published on: 11/15/2017
USDA estimates US fall potato production at 398.9 million cwt. That is down 7.7 million cwt from the 2016 crop, a 1.9% decline. In general, production losses in the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Washington and Oregon) were partially offset by increased production in the central states. However, industry experts throughout the Midwest believe that USDA is overstating the size of crops in those regions.
Market Report November 8th, 2017
Published on: 11/9/2017
Michigan is the only place in North America with potatoes left to harvest. Growers have managed to dig a few more potatoes over the last week, but more than 3% of the crop is left to dig. Any potatoes left in the ground after tomorrow night are likely to be abandoned. Temperatures are forecast to drop as low as 18º F, and remain below freezing for close to 60 hours. Losses could exceed 500,000 cwt of chip potatoes.
November 1, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 11/1/2017
Michigan growers were able to get back in the field this week. They still have 3%-4% of this year’s crop left in the field. Those potatoes continue to fry, in spite of low pulp temperatures. They are being shipped against storage contracts. They are delivering as well, or better than potatoes coming out of storage.
October 25, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 10/25/2017
The Michigan potato harvest has come to an abrupt halt, as central Michigan picked up 4-5 inches of rain on October 23 and 24. Between 5%-10% of the crop is left to harvest. Growers have harvested potatoes into November in the past, and may be able to do so again this year, but the 10-day forecast is not promising.
October 18, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 10/18/2017
Weekend rain has slowed the Michigan harvest this week, but harvest is close to 80% complete, and growers are getting back in the field today. Dealers expect to continue shipping potatoes off the field for at least another 10 days. It will take that long to wrap up field-delivery contracts. Storage problems have been limited...
October 4, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 10/4/2017
The Michigan potato harvest is progressing on schedule. However, we are picking up reports that a few potatoes may have been stored with elevated pulp temperatures. Concerns about storability are starting to surface. The crop appears to be in good conditions, with stronger yields than last year, and high solids. Chip plants are running almost exclusively on contract potatoes.
September 27, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 9/27/2017
The chip potato market is extremely quiet. Most chip manufacturers have more field delivery potatoes under contract than they can use. Growers are concerned about handling the extra supplies. In recent years, Michigan growers have been able to continue shipping potatoes off of the field through most of October, though there is no guarantee that that is a possibility this year.
September 20, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 9/20/2017
Chip potato movement is slow. Dealers indicate that plants need fewer potatoes to make chips, because solids are up 15-20 points from last year. Yields are up from last year in most eastern growing areas, which is adding to the current oversupply situation. Markets are extremely quiet, as a result of the current supply conditions.
September 6, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 9/6/2017
Chip potato supplies are plentiful. Growers are gearing up to start storing chip potatoes, across the northern tier of states, this week and next. Current temperatures are ideal for storing potatoes. Yields appear to be average, or better, in most of the storage growing areas. Chip companies are running late on taking field-delivery contracts, but the duration varies, depending upon company and growing region. Some companies may be as much as two weeks late taking contracts. Dealers anticipate that the companies will run on the field delivery potatoes longer than usual, which will push back the start dates for storage potatoes.
August 30, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 8/30/2017
Chip potato movement is slow. Dealers indicate that plants need fewer potatoes to make chips, because solids are up 15-20 points from last year. Yields are up from last year in most eastern growing areas, which is adding to the current oversupply situation. Markets are extremely quiet, as a result of the current supply conditions.
August 23, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 8/23/2017
Chip potato markets are extremely quiet. Growers and dealers are complaining that movement is not keeping up with expectations. That says more about the size of this year’s crop than it says about demand for potato chips. Supplies appear to be plentiful.
August 16, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 8/16/2017
Michigan chip potato movement is starting to pick up. Chip companies are running about a week behind on running contract potatoes, which could result in some field delivery contracts being converted to storage contracts toward the end of harvest. Michigan crop quality is excellent, with good size. Yields are about average for this time of the year...
August 2, 2017 Market Report
Published on: 8/2/2017
Potato crops are in generally good condition across North America at this time. While we pick up concerns about production in some localized area, there is nothing out of the ordinary. Chip manufacturers are about a week behind on using contracts for summer potato crops. They came to the market for fill-in loads from Michigan last weekend, due to wet weather on the East Coast, but they are concentrating on cleaning up earlier contracts before the pull much volume out of Michigan.

Industry News

Avoid large quantity water withdrawal fines and penalties
Published on: 6/13/2018
Unregistered water users have until Sept. 28 to participate in the Unreported Large Quantity Withdrawal Initiative through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
After the deadline, unregistered large quantity withdrawals (LQW) in existence prior to Oct. 1, 2008 could be required to go through the screening process as a new water user and be subject to current withdrawal limits. A LQW is defined as the capacity to pump more than 100,000 gallons per day, roughly 70 gallons per minute.
Michigan Potatoes in Washington D.C.
Published on: 6/13/2018
This past week MPIC Executive Director and Intern Brandon Remy were in Washington, D.C. for SNaC International Legislative Summit.
Commission Sets 2018 Crop Assessment Rate
Published on: 6/13/2018
Tuesday, June 13th the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) voted to set the assessment rate on the 2018 crop at 6-cents per hundredweight (4 ½-cents paid by the grower and 1 ½-cents paid by the shipper).
2018 Potato Research Underway
Published on: 5/9/2018
As potato growers across Michigan are underway planting their crops, so too are the many researchers from Michigan State University that have received finding from the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC).
This year’s research continues to focus on the industry’s priorities including further understanding of key nutrient uptake and optimization, variety development, pest and disease management, and optimizing soil health in potato systems.
FCC Commissioner Gains Insight Into Potatoes and Technology
Published on: 5/2/2018
During a visit to Michigan this week, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and his Legal advisor Will Adams had to the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into how technology and the need for connectivity relate to potato production while visiting Walther Farms in Three Rivers, Michigan.
Conway Releases Farm Bill
Published on: 4/25/2018
Conway Releases Farm Bill (MPIC)
The House Agriculture Committee Chairman reported out its version of the 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) on a party line vote 26-20 last week. There were few changes made to the original draft.
USDA Clarifies Oversight on New Breeding Techniques
Published on: 4/4/2018
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing on March 28th.
USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visits Michigan
Published on: 4/4/2018
Secretary Sonny Perdue was in Michigan on Tuesday learning more about Michigan agriculture and the relationships between Michigan State University (MSU) and Michigan’s diverse agricultural commodities.
Industry priorities for 2018 Farm Bill shared with US Senate staff
Published on: 3/28/2018
The staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held an informational meeting related to the Farm Bill with a focus on Specialty Crops Tuesday in Ottawa County.
“The 2014 Farm Bill will expire on September 30, 2018. Without reauthorization, many key programs important to our industry will no longer be available.” Stated, Mike Wenkel, executive director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission(MPIC).
Free Semi-Load of Potatoes Heading to the Motor City
Published on: 3/14/2018
Debbie O'Malley of Better Made Snack Food in Detroit was the winner of the semi-load of Michigan chipping potatoes that was given away at the 2018 Snaxpo in Atlanta, Georgia this week by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC).
MPIC at Potatoes USA Annual Meeting
Published on: 3/14/2018
Michigan Potatoes is in Denver, Colorado this week for the Potatoes USA annual meeting.
Thorlund Appointed, Lennard Reappointed to Potatoes USA Board
Published on: 3/7/2018
On February 26th, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 30 members to serve three-year terms on the National Potato Promotion Board (also known as Potatoes USA) beginning March 1, 2018. Included in the appointments were two Michigan growers, Blake Thorlund and Kyle Lennard.
2017 Michigan Potato Research Report Now Available
Published on: 2/7/2018
The annual research report that compiles the results of the multiple research projects funded by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) is now available for growers, shippers and industry partners to download.
Michigan Potato Industry Urges Extension of ELD Ag Exemption
Published on: 1/24/2018
On January 19, Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. and others in the potato industry sent a letter to the Department of Transportation urging them to reconsider certain portions of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule and to extend its temporary agricultural exemption for an additional nine months.
Join MPIC Growers to "Stand Up For Potatoes" on Capitol Hill
Published on: 1/3/2018
Michigan potato growers are preparing to take their stories on the key issues impacting potato production in Michigan and across the nation to our elected officials in our nation’s capital.
Those attending with join with other potato growers as a part of the National Potato Council’s Potato DC Fly-In: Standing Up for Potatoes on Capitol Hill, February 26- March 1, 2018. Meetings will be held at the Capital Hilton, just blocks from the White House.
USDOT Grants Agriculture 90-day Waiver for Electronic Logging Device
Published on: 12/13/2017
The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a 90-day waiver from the requirement that agricultural and livestock haulers install Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) in their vehicles. Over those 90 days the department plans to look closely at agriculture’s request for an exemption while developing additional guidance for agricultural haulers.
Michigan Potatoes Gives Back
Published on: 11/22/2017
Michigan Potatoes and Horkey Brother Farms are proud to donate 10,000 pounds of Michigan potatoes for Higher Hopes "1,000 Turkeys, 10,000 Smiles" event feeding Detroit area families in need this Thanksgiving.
New Potato & Sugar Beet Pathologist Announced
Published on: 11/15/2017
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission is excited to welcome Jamie Willbur as the new Potato & Sugar Beet Pathologist at Michigan State University. Jamie, currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin Madison, will begin her new role March 1, 2018. She will be the responsible for pathogen research and extension related to potatoes and sugar beets in Michigan.
Michigan Potatoes Showcases Unique Potato Recipe for School Food Service Professionals
Published on: 10/25/2017
New Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) Marketing Manager Nate Chesher highlighted a unique and fun new potato recipe at the School Nutrition Association of Michigan Show on Saturday, October 21st at the Amway Grand Plaza.
Michigan Potatoes announces new IQF Potatoes at Michigan Restaurant Show
Published on: 10/18/2017
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) joined by Michigan Freeze Pack introduced a new line of individually quick frozen (IQF), water-blanched potato products at the 50th Anniversary Michigan Restaurant Show...
Michigan Potato Industry Commission 2018 Scholarship
Published on: 10/4/2017
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) is proud to continue an annual $1,000 scholarship for one Michigan post-secondary student pursuing an agriculture-related major.
National remote sensing conference related to potato production, November 14
Published on: 9/6/2017
Many potato growers, agronomists, and researchers are interested in the use of remote sensing to improve crop management and variety development. A national effort is underway to coordinate these efforts and obtain federal funding for research and extension.

A one-day Remote Sensing Conference will be held November 14 in Madison, Wisconsin to hear about the latest research, share ideas and contribute to the development of a strategic plan for the potato industry.
Potato Industry Leadership Institute applications being accepted
Published on: 8/20/2017
In February of 2018 a group of potato industry professionals will make their way to Colorado, to kick off another class of the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI). The National Potato Council developed this long-running program, to train growers, and show the complete picture of agriculture. The Michigan Potato Industry Commission has funding to send two growers to join the group.
National potato leadership to attend field days
Published on: 8/16/2017
To ensure growers in Michigan are up-to-date on national efforts representative of the National Potato Council and Potatoes USA will be in the state the week of August 28th including attendance at the Rogers City and Upper Peninsula Field days, August 29th and 30th respectively. In addition to field day attendance farm stops are being coordinated for the week.

National Potato Council News

Senate Farm Bill Unveiled
Published on: 6/13/2018
The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee released their draft of the Farm Bill which is being considered by the full committee this week.
DOT Agrees with Industry on HOS/ELD Changes
Published on: 6/6/2018
Last week, major new guidance was announced on the ELD and Hours-of-Service issue that should lessen some of the burden on agricultural operations. In the release, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration agreed with NPC's position that packinghouses, cold storage facilities and other loading areas should be considered the "source" of an agricultural commodity.
NPC Grower Supporter Campaign
Published on: 5/30/2018
NPC's Grower Supporter Ag-vocacy Campaign supports daily legislative efforts and promotes tools to keep growers engaged and informed on critical industry issues.
House May Try Farm Bill Again in June
Published on: 5/30/2018
Last week, the House Rules Committee took a procedural step that would enable the Farm Bill to be reconsidered on the House floor until mid-June. It is believed that this action was taken in response to pressure from the House "Freedom Caucus" who have been demanding a vote on an immigration enforcement bill in exchange for passing the Farm Bill.
Senate Ag Appropriations Funds Potato Research
Published on: 5/30/2018
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY19 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Included within in it is $2.75 million for the National Institute of Food & Agriculture's Potato Breeding Program. This funding level matches FY18 as the highest in history for this vital program.
FMCSA Announces New ELD Waiver for Transporters of Ag Commodities & Additional Transition Guidance
Published on: 3/14/2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Tuesday announced additional steps to address the unique needs of the country’s agriculture industries and provided further guidance to assist in the effective implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule without impeding commerce or safety.
MPIC Joins NPC and Other Potato Organizations in Support of Registration for Metribuzin
Published on: 12/20/2017
The following comments are offered on behalf of the National Potato Council (NPC) and individual
state potato associations across the U.S. NPC represents potato growers that produce more than 95
percent of the Irish potatoes grown in the United States. Potato production in the U.S. is valued at
more than $4 billion at farm gate and with significantly greater economic effects resulting from value
added processing and distribution.
National Potato Sales On The Rise
Published on: 11/22/2017
In September, the total potato category was up .08% in pounds when compared to the same time frame last year. The total potato category was carried by Deli (+2.4%), Frozen (+1.3%), and Fresh (+.6%) with Dehydrated and Refrigerated declining, -.03% and -1.0% respectively.
Potato Expo Innovation Hub to Focus on Hot Issues
Published on: 11/27/2017
New this year at Potato Expo 2018 is the Innovation Hub. The Innovation Hub will be the center of activity in the trade show and will feature 18 ag-focused sessions on topics voted on by the Potato Expo community. Topics include aerial imagery, biological controls, ag data management, nutrition and performance, and so much more.
Export Promotion Bill Gains Cosponsor Momentum
Published on: 10/27/2017
As the Farm Bill process ramps up, efforts to increase resources for agriculture export promotion are in high gear. Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) have introduced bills in the House and Senate to provide additional funds to combat the actions of foreign governments in promoting their own agricultural exports.
Guestworker Bill Advances After Difficult Mark-Up
Published on: 10/27/2017
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the "Agricultural Guestworker Act" (Guestworker Bill - H.R. 4092) by a vote of 17-16 (two Republicans voted against the bill with no Democrats in support). This vote was preceded by a contentious two-day committee mark-up.

Changes to the bill were made prior to the mark-up, and subsequent amendments were agreed to that gathered the necessary committee votes. Several of those provisions have practical flaws that fall short of the overall goal to provide "a workable solution to agriculture's labor crisis."

Potatoes USA News

Potatoes Featured in Leading Consumer Magazines
Published on: 11/2/2017
Potatoes graced the pages of many top print publications in September and October. Here’s a snapshot of the coverage:

PGMI News

Water Withdrawal Legislation Passes Senate
Published on: 6/6/2018
Today the Michigan Senate passed House Bill 5638, with the goal of making science-based improvements to the water withdrawal registration program to provide clarity for water users and DEQ staff. Supported by PGMI, the legislation addresses farmers’ concerns with the site-specific review process used to determine if a new water withdrawal will cause an adverse resource impact.
Pollinator Protection Act
Published on: 5/15/2018
House Bills 5903-HB 5904 would create the Pollinator Protection Act, including three new components managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
HB5638 "Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act" Moves Out Of Committee
Published on: 5/9/2018
A Substitute of HB5638 moved out of the House Natural Resources Committee today, with a few minor clarification amendments, on a 6-2-1 (yea, nay, pass) vote.
The bill, introduced by Representative Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis) provides means to address farmer concerns about how Site Specific Review (SSR) is conducted, offer consistency in solutions and testing that meet the SSR checklist, and to provide a streamlined process as an alternative to SSR in locations or circumstances where sufficient data exists to run appropriate solutions to determine potential impact from a proposed withdrawal.
Agriculture’s Sales and Use Tax Exemption Clarified
Published on: 4/25/2018
The Michigan House and Senate finalized legislation to preserve the state’s agricultural sales and use tax exemptions and clarify which farm-related purchases qualify. House Bills 4561 and 4564, sponsored by Reps. Dan Lauwers and Tom Barrett, now await Gov. Snyder’s approval.
Seed Potato Act signed by Governor Snyder (PGMI)
Published on: 3/28/2018
On Monday March 26, HB5227 – The Seed Potato Act, was signed by Governor Snyder as Public Act 94 of 2018. The bill will require that all potato seed sold or planted in Michigan, in combined lots greater than one acre, must be Certified Seed beginning January 1, 2021.
Seed Potato Act, HB 5227 heading to Governor’s Desk
Published on: 3/14/2018
Today the Michigan Senate passed HB 5227, known as the “Seed Potato Act”, and the bill is on its way to Governor Snyder for his signature. Of the 38 members, 35 members voted in support of the legislation with only 1 opposing.
Michigan Potatoes Busy From Lansing to D.C.
Published on: 2/28/2018
Michigan Potatoes busy in both Lansing and Washington, D.C. this week
While a delegation representing the Michigan potato industry were in Washington, D.C. this week, significant activities were taking place in at the state capital as well.
House Bill 5638 introduced provides relief in Site Specific Review process for Large Quantity Water
Published on: 2/22/2018
HB 5638 was introduced today by Representative Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis) to provide means to address farmer concerns about how Site Specific Review (SSR) is conducted, offer consistency in solutions and testing that meet the SSR checklist, and to provide a streamlined process as an alternative to SSR in locations or circumstances where sufficient data exists to run appropriate solutions to determine potential impact from a proposed withdrawal.
Certified Seed Bill 5227 Passes Michigan House
Published on: 1/17/2018
The Michigan Seed Potato Act, HB5227, passed the Michigan House of Representatives yesterday with bipartisan support. Of the 110 members, 102 members voted in support of the legislation with only five opposing.
Potato Growers of Michigan to Host Congressional Reception, Feb 28
Published on: 1/17/2018
PGMI will be hosting a breakfast reception for US Representatives, US Senators, and their staff in conjunction with the 2018 National Potato Council’s DC Fly-in that runs from February 26 to March 1, 2018.
PGMI Testifies In Support of Seed Potato Act to Michigan House Ag Committee
Published on: 12/6/2017
Today Potato Growers of Michigan Manager Mike Wenkel testified before the Michigan House Agriculture Committee in support of HB5227 known as the Seed Potato Act.
PGMI Supports DEQ Oversight Legislation
Published on: 11/29/2017
Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. (PGMI) today submitted support in the Senate Natural Resources Committee for a three-bill package to increase accountability and transparency within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Certified Seed Potato Legislation Introduced
On Wednesday, November 8th, HB5227, known as the Seed Potato Act was introduced to the Michigan Legislature by State Representative Roger Victory (R) of Hudsonville.
Farmers, Grocers, Small Businesses Praise Governor Snyder for Signing Reform to Keep Michigan Food A
Published on: 10/26/2017
Michigan farmers, grocers, small businesses, social service providers and labor leaders today praised Governor Rick Snyder for signing into law bipartisan legislation to guarantee Michigan families’ food and grocery items will remain free of new local taxes.
Public Act 135 was sponsored and advanced in the House by state Representative Rob VerHeulen, and championed in the Senate by state Senator Peter MacGregor.

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Inventure Foods, Inc. to be Acquired by Utz Quality Foods, LLC
Published on: 10/26/2017
Inventure Foods, Inc., a leading specialty food marketer and manufacturer, and Utz Quality Foods, LLC, the largest privately-held and family-managed branded savory snack manufacturer and marketer in the United States, today announced they entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which Utz has agreed to acquire all of the Company's outstanding shares of common stock in an all-cash transaction.
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