Potato Bytes 11.23.2021
News from the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association
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Northwest Minnesota for 75 years!
The NPPGA office will be closed this Wednesday through Friday (November 24th - 26th) for the Thanksgiving holiday.
U.S. Potato Industry Supports CFIA Action to Protect other Canadian Provinces and U.S. after Additional Disease Detections in PEI
New restrictions on PEI potatoes enacted for Canadian provinces and the U.S. effective midnight Nov. 22 

The National Potato Council (NPC) and grower organizations throughout the United States today welcomed the announcement by Canada's Acting Chief Plant Health Officer, David Bailey, to prevent the spread of potato wart from Prince Edward Island (PEI) by restricting the movement of PEI potatoes to other Canadian provinces and the U.S.

Last night at midnight shipments of PEI seed potatoes to other Canadian provinces will be suspended and enhanced measures for cleaning other potatoes from PEI will be implemented. For the U.S., all exports of potatoes from PEI will be suspended until further notice. Additionally, equipment used in fields in PEI will face new restrictions before crossing into the U.S.

“The U.S. potato industry appreciates CFIA for acting quickly and recognizing the dire threat to the U.S. and Canadian potato industries should potato wart be spread beyond PEI,” said NPC President and Maine potato grower Dominic LaJoie.

Should potato wart be transmitted to the United States, the U.S. potato industry would likely lose access to all international fresh potato markets, costing the industry over $225 million in annual sales.

“We appreciate the steadfast support of Secretary Vilsack and the entire USDA APHIS team in addressing this virulent disease. The U.S. industry stands ready to engage with APHIS, CFIA and the Canadian industry to ensure that science-based measures are maintained to mitigate disease risk and productively address trade between the two countries,” said Jared Balcom, Vice President of Trade Affairs for NPC.

The announcement comes after potato wart was confirmed on October 1 and 14, 2021 on two PEI farms where potatoes were being grown for processing. On November 2, 2021, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the suspension of the movement of seed potatoes from PEI to the United States.

In response to that limited action, last week NPC and 13 state potato organizations sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for the U.S. government’s support to prevent the spread of potato wart to the United States by suspending the importation of all potatoes grown in PEI, not just seed potatoes.
Potato Bytes Landmark Trivia
Last Week's Famous Landmark

Last week's Bytes Trivia Landmark was the Abu Simbel Temple.

The two massive rock-cut temples are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, in Upper Egypt. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC, during the 19th Dynasty reign of the Pharaoh Ramesses II to honor himself.

The complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968 to save it from being submerged after the building of the Aswan Dam.

It was identified correctly by Todd Forbush, Duane Maatz, Karen Radke, Geoff Price and James Staricka.

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All those answering correctly will be recognized in the next Potato Bytes.
Recipe of the Week

Southern BBQ Porky Kettle Chip Nachos

  • Prep Time: 20 min.
  • Cook Time: 15 min.
  • Cuisine: American
  • Prep Method: Baked
  • Serves: 8

From Potatoes USA

Crispy and crunchy BBQ kettle chips topped with smoky pulled pork, Pimiento Cheese Sauce, Southern Pickled Vegetables, and Bourbon Maple BBQ Sauce.

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