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Northeastern Region Potato Report
Potato production in the U.S. for the 2016 crop at 441.4 million cwt is slightly above the 2015 crop. Harvested area, at 1.02 million acres, is down 3.4 percent from 2015. The average yield of 433 cwt per acre is up 15 cwt from the previous year. The value of all U.S. potatoes sold in 2016, at $3.74 billion, increased 3.9 percent from the previous year. The average price, at $9.08 per cwt, is up $0.32 from 2015. The quantity of potatoes sold from the 2016 crop was 410.7 million cwt, up slightly from 2015. Quantity sold accounted for 93 percent of 2016 production, unchanged from the previous year. U.S. potatoes used for processing totaled 286 million cwt, up 3 percent from 2015. Potatoes used for chips and shoestrings totaled 60.3 million cwt in 2016, up 6 percent from the previous year. Frozen French fries and other frozen products utilized 169.7 million cwt of raw potatoes, up 2 percent from 2015. Potatoes used for dehydrating totaled 48.02 million cwt, unchanged from 2015. Canning use, at 1.93 million cwt, is up 13 percent from the previous year.  Other products made from potatoes totaled 6.0 million cwt of potatoes, 7 percent decrease from 2015.

Syngenta Helps Lead Efforts For Farm-Management Software Integration
Ag data from tractors, combines, planters and other farm machinery present a huge opportunity for growers to manage their operations more efficiently, but only if all the sources of that data can communicate. Syngenta is helping to lead a project aimed at doing just that. The Agricultural Data Application Programming Toolkit (ADAPT) is a project that Ag Gateway, a nonprofit consortium of more than 230 ag businesses, is spearheading. Syngenta and its wholly owned subsidiary, Ag Connections LLC, are actively engaged members and have played significant roles in the years-long process of bringing ADAPT to life. Growers enrolled in the Syngenta AgriEdge Excelsior® program already have access to ADAPT-compatible farm-management software called Land.db®. The software, designed by Ag Connections, allows growers to not only find efficiencies on their own land, but also export complete regulatory reports and share their information with retailers and advisers. This exchange of information gives growers an advantage in an industry with little room for error.

NCGA Supports Funding Increase for MAP, FMD Programs
The National Corn Growers Association praised the introduction today of the CREAATE Act, a bill to increase investment in two federal programs with a proven track record of building global demand for U.S. agricultural products. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), and Susan Collins (R-Maine), would increase investment in the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development program (FMD). A companion bill was introduced in the House earlier this year. MAP and FMD are public-private partnerships that promote U.S. agriculture. Together, they are responsible for 15 percent of U.S. agricultural export revenue—$309 billion since 1977. Funding for MAP and FMD has not kept pace with inflation, administrative costs, the growth of the global marketplace, or the investments other countries have made in their own export promotion. The FMD program is also under threat to lose its baseline funding when the farm bill expires in 2018. The CREAATE Act would gradually increase MAP funding from $200 million to $400 million per year and FMD funding from $34.5 million to $69 million per year, over the next five years.