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 Dinner on the Farm with Congressman Moolenaar (6/21/2017)  
Dinner on the Farm with Congressman Moolenaar
June 21, 2017

The first annual Dinner on the Farm with Congressman Moolenaar, hosted by the county Farm Bureaus in the 4th Congressional District was held June 19 in Gratiot County. The Michigan Potato Industry Commission helped sponsor the event by proving potato chips for the meal.

The occasion was modeled after events held by former Congresswoman Candice Miller during her time in office and provides an opportunity for agricultural producers to interact with their member of Congress.

The potato industry was represented on the steering committee planning the event by Stephanie and Kalvin Kipp from Montcalm County.


 Michigan Potatoes on Display at United Fresh’s Trade Show (6/21/2017)  
Michigan Potatoes on Display at United Fresh’s Trade Show
June 21, 2017

Michigan Potatoes made their inaugural presence at the United Fresh 2017 Trade Show at the McCormick Place in Chicago last week as a part of a Specialty Crop Block Grant coordinated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). 

The target audience for the show was companies looking to expand their sourcing opportunities for fresh market and minimally processed fruit and vegetable products. Participants were provided with the listing of Michigan table stock growers that can be used in sourcing potatoes.

“The United Fresh show was a great opportunity to continue building relationships with grocery chains and distributors on the availability of Michigan potatoes.” said Michelle Wieferich, Communications Coordinator for the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.


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 June 21, 2017 Market Report (6/21/2017)  
Market Report
June 21, 2017

Dealers indicate that the Florida harvest is coming to a premature end, due to delivery issues. However, there are plenty of chip potatoes available. Growers in North Carolina and Missouri would like more business.

USDA reports that growers had 55.49 million cwt of potatoes in storage on June 1. That exceeds year-earlier holdings by 4.21 million cwt. The total stocks may be close to accurate, but there are major problems with the data for individual states. The data show a 500,000 cwt decrease in Idaho’s stocks, whereas that state probably had 4-5 million cwt more potatoes in storage than it held a year earlier. On the other extreme, USDA is showing a 2.9 million cwt increase in Wisconsin’s potato stocks. That state has fewer potatoes in storage than it held a year ago.

USDA combined June 1 stocks data for five states, including Michigan, in order to avoid disclosure issues. Those five states held 1.29 million cwt of potatoes on June 1, this year. That is down from 1.88 million cwt a year earlier.

US fresh potato shipments for the week ending June 17, 2017 totaled 1.894 million cwt. That is up from 1.775 million cwt shipped cwt during the same period, in 2016. Michigan packers shipped 34,325 cwt of table potatoes during the week ending June 17. That is up from 31,300 cwt a year earlier. This year’s Michigan shipments were 89.2% Russets, 4.1% Round White varieties, and 6.7% Yellow potatoes.

Wisconsin packers are selling size A Russet potatoes in 10# bags for mostly $$7.00 per 50# bale, unchanged from this time last week. They are selling Russet 40-70 count cartons for mostly $19.00-$20.00 per 50# box, up from $18.00-$19.00 per box a week earlier. The weighted average price for Idaho Russet Burbanks is $14.35 per cwt, up from $13.91 at the same time last week.

North Carolina packers are selling 50# bags of Size A Round White potatoes for $12.75 per bag, down from $12.75-$13.75 per bag a week ago.

This information comes from Bruce Huffaker, publisher of North American Potato Market News. This weekly newsletter has more complete potato market information. For subscription information call (208) 525-8397, fax (208) 525-8569, write 2690 N Rough Stone Way, Meridian ID  83646, or e-mail napmn@napmn.com.