Michigan News

 Potato Industry Leadership Institute applications being accepted
Potato Industry Leadership Institute applications being accepted
August 16, 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. 

Every year PILI is hosted by a different state and the group learns about farming in that region. PILI sets out to network growers and have them experience what is beyond the production side of agriculture. This eight-day program is a focused time for industry professionals to learn a range of skills from public policy issues to lobbying training. 

The goal is to train leaders. PILI graduates often go on to take active leadership roles at the state and national level. The education and training they receive during their time together is invaluable to their organization and the industry. 

The hope is to broaden your perspective. Learning how other farms run things, how the industry works together, and how modern agriculture works with Congress, all serves to expand your view point. This is an opportunity to get involved and think outside of the box. 

The ask is to represent Michigan. The Michigan Potato Industry Commission will sponsor two growers to join the 2018 PILI class. MPIC is looking for two growers to invest in the future. Those interested should fill out an application. 

Registration forms should be completed and returned to the Michigan Potato Industry Commission no later than October 7, 2017. 


 National potato leadership to attend field days
National Potato Leadership to Attend Field Days
August 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.

 John Halverson with Black Gold Farms and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Potatoes USA board will be present at the Rogers City field day on the 29th providing an update on their marketing and research programs.
Halverson, along with Blair Richardson, CEO of Potatoes USA and John Keeling, Executive Vice President of the National Potato Council will attend the Upper Peninsula field day on the 30th. 

“It’s exciting to have the industry’s leadership here in Michigan with a goal of getting on farms and understanding our growers needs.” stated Mike Wenkel, executive director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission. “This is a great opportunity for our growers to hear first hand national efforts of the industry and share concerns.”

Potatoes USA is the branded name of the federal marketing order for the global promotion of potatoes and potato products of the US. The National Potato Councils in the national organization that advocates for national policies that create a positive environment for growing potatoes in the US.

NPC News articles are from the NPC Insider Report published by the National Potato Council and used with permission. 

Potatoes USA News articles are provided by Potatoes USA and used with permission. 

Current Market Report

 August 16, 2017 Market Report
Market Report
August 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.

USDA estimates summer potato production at 20.25 million cwt. That is 646,000 cwt more than the 2016 crop, a 3.3% increase. The government found 2,400 acres more summer potatoes than it reported at the end of June. That included an extra 900 acres in Illinois, and 2,000 more acres in Texas. Those increases were partially offset by reductions of 100 acres in Kansas, 300 acres in Missouri and 100 acres in New Jersey. Production is believed to have increased in all summer growing areas except Virginia. We are not sure that the Virginia estimate is accurate. Shipments of both fresh and chip potatoes from that state both exceed movement from the state’s 2016 crop. 

US fresh potato shipments for the week ending August 12, 2017 totaled 1.756 million cwt. That is down from 1.772 million cwt shipped cwt during the same period, in 2016. There are no Michigan shipments reported for last week, though we understand that light shipments are now under way. This year’s US shipments include more Red and Yellow potatoes, but fewer Russets than last year.

Wisconsin packers are selling 5/10# Russet potatoes for $8.00=$8.50 per 50# bale (First Report). Wisconsin 40-70 count cartons are selling for $20.00-$21.50 per box (First Report). The weighted average price for Idaho Norkotahs (2017 crop) $23.97 per cwt, up from $23.11 per cwt last week at the same time. In contrast, a year ago the weighted average shipping price for Idaho Norkotahs was $15.97 per cwt, and headed lower.

Delaware packers are selling size A Round White potatoes for $9.75 per 50# bag.

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.