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Potato growers ponder COVID-19 pandemic’s fallout

Northwest potato suppliers say they are eager to rev up a major sales engine in their industry — foodservice — as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic passes.

Garlic in high demand

Garlic supplies were ramping back up in early summer following a spring when the pungent bulbs sometimes were hard to find.

Marketscope — Vegetable f.o.b.s as of July 6

This information, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, shows week-by-week shipments and f.o.b.s for commodities from shipments for the fresh market.

Cucumbers, peaches, okra maintain lead on PMG

Cucumbers, peaches and okra held onto the top three spots on PMG the week of June 29, but the rest of the top 20 saw some shuffling.

Potato, Apple Industries Want Their Shot with CFAP Payments

Potato, Apple Industries Want Their Shot with CFAP Payments
Meanwhile, there are some ag sectors that feel they should get a shot at these CFAP payments since their industries suffered losses due to coronavirus too.

Good year for dates, marketers say

Another good year should be on tap for the date industry following the 2019-20 season that was marked by a significant sales uptick resulting at least in part from COVID-19.

Washington and Oregon potato acreage down, but plenty expected

Potato production in the Northwest was strong in 2019, and the outlook for 2020 looks similar, said Chris Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake-based Washington State Potato Commission. 

Wild Flower Vineyards starts California grapes

Wild Flower Vineyards, Bakersfield, Calif., will start harvesting the California crop on July 13.

Divine Flavor shipping late-season Mexican grapes

Divine Flavor, Nogales, Ariz., is winding down its Mexican table grape program for the season, but the company plans to have grapes through the third week of July.

USDA clarifies California organic certification requirements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program recently clarified updated regulations in California to allow certifiers to issue approval faster.