NewsBusinessConcerns over Potato Prices in Idaho

Concerns over Potato Prices in Idaho


Recent news reports says a drop in prices has some Idaho potato growers concerned, but the Idaho Potato Commission remains optimistic that the price situation will stabilize.

Commission CEO Frank Muir says this year’s carton prices have gone down, while bag prices have gone up, just not as quickly as growers would like them to.

He also says the IPC has indications that prices are going up, although they aren’t being reported that way.

“Prices tend to fluctuate in the early part of a season. We believe that prices will stabilize and will increase as the year moves forward,” said Muir.

He also said everything’s being done to ensure growers are getting fair prices for their products, and encourages growers to do everything in their power to get fair returns.

“People love Idaho potatoes. It is truly America’s favorite vegetable. As the Idaho potato commission, we’re going to make sure it remains that way,” said Muir.

According to the IPC, Idaho will harvest about 13 billion pounds of potatoes this year. As America’s number one potato provider, Idaho crops represent 1/3 of the nation’s potatoes

Trending This Week

Mark and John Phillips

How Mark Phillips Found His Way Back to Ag

Mark Phillips has been chosen as a Nuffield scholar this year but working in ag wasn’t always his plan. Growing up on the family potato...
Potato tuber with late blight

Blue Light Found to Reduce Potato Protection Against Late Blight

Researchers at the James Hutton Institute have discovered blue light reduces how potatoes can protect themselves against late blight, a Jan. 12 news release...
Pile of potatoes

Canadian Potato Holdings 20 Per cent Above Average

Canada has almost 80 million hundredweight (cwt) of potatoes in storage as of Jan. 1, a Jan. 17 report from the United Potato Growers...
CIPC fogging a potato shed

Let’s Get Political — It’s Time to Talk about Sustainability in Potato Storage Treatment

Let me just lay it out there — I’m frustrated. Much more importantly, farmers are frustrated too. Farmers are being pushed from all sides...
Potato plants growing in a field

Sustainability — We’re in This Together

Our potato industry has much to learn from the farmers it serves. To survive in potato production, growers constantly adapt and improve, try new...