Mexico Publishes final rule to allow cross-border potato trade
The U.S. potato industry and our partners at USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) are pleased to learn that the Mexican government has issued its final rule designed to achieve the bilateral goal of expanding trade in fresh potatoes between our two countries. Publishing the final rule is an important step in the parallel regulatory efforts taking place on both sides of the border. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has indicated it will publish its final rule in the Federal Register shortly. The final regulations issued by Mexico provide the structure for trade in potatoes between all countries and Mexico. A specific protocol agreed to by the U.S. and Mexico will govern the specifics of potato trade between the countries.
Hoverson Farms Wins NPC's 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award
Carl Hoverson of Hoverson Farms in Larimore, N.D., was named the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award presented at NPC's 2014 Annual Meeting, held January 10-11, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Hoverson Farms is a family farm and an example of large-scale, capital-intensive farming that is both economically and environmentally sustainable — enhancing the environment, protecting the resource base, and producing high-quality potatoes.
register for npc's 2014 summer meeting
NPC's Summer Meeting offers you the opportunity to join your peers to discuss critical potato industry issues in a casual setting. The meeting is open to all growers and industry leaders eager to advance the potato industry’s most pressing policy debates. Attendees will review policies being considered in our nation’s capital that could affect your potato operations and unite in developing strategies to voice industry priorities to lawmakers, administration officials, and regulators.
POTATO FOOD SAFETY GUIDELINES RELEASED
The Commodity-Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Storage, and Packing of Potatoes is available for industry members to help ensure the continued safety of U.S.-grown potatoes.
This document offers food safety guidance for all companies that produce, harvest, store, pack, and transport potatoes. It also serves as a basic guideline to harmonize all existing food safety programs in how they assess and address food safety hazards. The guidelines are broken down into four sections: I) General Practices, II) Production and Harvest Operations, III) Storage Unit Operations and IV) Packinghouse Unit Operations. Each section lists a set of best practices to address potential food safety issues associated with those specific operations.
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POTATO EXPO 2015
Rosen Shingle Creek
January, 7-9, 2015
Register today for NPC's 2014 Summer Meeting.