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US: New potato marketing order proposal makes room for niche varieties

Fingerling potatoesAccounting for the rising popularity of fingerling potatoes and other niche varieties, size requirements for Idaho potato varieties would change under a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The proposal acts on a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee to revise the variety classifications that determine the size requirements for potatoes grown in certain counties of Idaho and Oregon’s Malheur County, according to a Federal Register notice. Committee members reported that the Idaho-Eastern Oregon potato industry has been producing and shipping an increasing number of non-traditional potato varieties, such as oblong, fingerling, and banana potatoes, according to the proposal. More