Latest News from the IPC
Nov 15, 2017
Here Comes the Sun: 27th Annual Idaho Potato Commission Retail Display Contest to Award Sun Valley Resort Vacation in Sweepstakes Drawing
Entrants Will Also Compete for $150,000+ in Cash and Prizes
EAGLE, ID, November 15, 2017 –The scenic slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho will provide the perfect vacation setting for one lucky entrant in the Idaho Potato Commission’s 2018 retail display contest.
The Idaho-bound vacation winner, to be selected in a random drawing among all contest participants, will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip for two to spectacular Sun Valley, ID, including four nights and five days at the Sun Valley Lodge, meals and taxes, plus $500 in Sun Valley gift cards—an approximate total retail value of $6,200. And thanks to the Category Manager Match Program, the winner’s category manager will also be heading to the all-season resort packed with ski and hiking trails, dining and shopping destinations, and a wealth of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities.
2018 Tour Details To Be Announced in January
EAGLE, ID, November 14, 2017 — What started as a one-year tour to celebrate the Idaho Potato Commission's (IPC) 75th anniversary has turned into the biggest (both literally and figuratively) marketing campaign in the IPC's history. Since 2012 the Big Idaho® Potato Truck has been traveling the country's highways and byways promoting America's favorite vegetable.
EAGLE, ID, October 16, 2017 — The Idaho Potato Commission has added the new Idaho® Potato Black & White Cookie recipe to its lineup of festive holiday treats.
Oct 3, 2017
Idaho Potato Commission’s New Television Commercial Scored BIG Points during the ESPN- Televised Boise State University vs University of Virginia Football Game
EAGLE, ID, October 3, 2017 — The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) launched its new television commercial during the Boise State University (BSU) vs University of Virginia (UVA) football game that aired live from Albertson's Stadium in Boise, Idaho late September. As a long-standing Bronco sponsor, this marquee game presented an ideal opportunity to unveil the seventh installment of the IPC's "Missing" commercial featuring the Big Idaho® Potato Truck, Farmer Mark and his ever-faithful hound.
Sep 18, 2017
IDAHO POTATO COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NEW COMMISSIONER
First Female Grower is Appointed
EAGLE, ID, September 18, 2017 – At the 2017 Idaho Grower Shippers Association meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) announced the appointment of Mary Hasenoehrl of Gross Farms, the first female to represent potato growers. Randy Hardy of Hardy Farms and Nick Blanksma of Legacy Farms were also sworn in to serve second three-year terms.
Sep 14, 2017
Japan lifts Idaho potato ban
Original Source: Tom Karst, thepacker.com
Japan is lifting it 11-year old ban on Idaho fresh chipping potatoes.
Access was revoked in 2006 soon after the Japanese market opened for the first time for U.S. potatoes when the pale potato cyst nematode was found in Idaho.
Japantoday.com reported Sept. 13 that the government of Japan opened the doors for fresh imports from Idaho for the first time since 2006, with Japanese officials citing reduced pest risks associated with the pale potato cyst nematode.
Sep 14, 2017
Myanmar Grants U.S. Potato Market Access
Original Source: potatogrower.com
In an announcement on its website, the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture formally approved U.S. seed and fresh potatoes for importation as of Aug. 21, 2017. U.S. potatoes are the first U.S.-origin horticulture product to be approved under Myanmar’s pest risk assessment (PRA) requirement, which came into effect on Jan. 1. Potatoes USA experts prepared the potato pest documentation for USDA submission to Myanmar to accelerate the process.
Aug 18, 2017
2017 IDAHO® POTATO HARVEST KISSED BY THE SOLAR ECLIPSE And A Few Fun Facts About America's Favorite Vegetable
EAGLE, ID, August 18, 2017 – Just days before the 2017 Idaho® potato harvest commences, 308,000 acres of America’s favorite vegetable will be blanketed by the solar eclipse, a rare occurrence when the earth, moon and sun line up perfectly, blocking the sun from the earth’s view. While millions of tourists flock to Idaho to witness the morning sky go dark for approximately two minutes, more than 700 farmers will be preparing to unearth about 13 billion pounds of potatoes in a short six-week window.
EAGLE, ID, August 17, 2017 – Produce industry veteran Dave Rhodes has joined the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) as Retail Promotion Director-Northeast, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He replaces Ken Tubman, who is retiring after 15 years of service.