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How Spuddy Buddy and the Big Idaho Potato charmed Seattle

For the hundreds of thousands of people who line the route of the Seattle Seafair Torchlight Parade, the Big Idaho Potato truck was love at first sight.



UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Giant Idaho publicity potato to become tiny vacation rental

A Boise woman plans to make a miniature rental home of the 6-ton replica Russet Burbank that’s traversed the U.S. since 2011 aboard the Idaho Potato Commission’s Great Big Idaho …


Washington potato farmers report shortage of truck drivers

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Potato famers in rural northwestern Washington say they don’t have enough truck drivers to deliver their products out of state. The Skagit Valley Herald reported a …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 1:39 p.m.

Idaho officials designing giant, glow-in-the-dark potato

Idaho officials plan to replace a 6-ton potato replica used for advertising with one that glows in the dark.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Canada OKs Idaho company’s genetically engineered potatoes

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, Canadian …


Rain delays Idaho potato, wheat planting

Eastern Idaho farmers are hoping for a hot and dry spell after cold rain delayed much of their spring planting schedules.


Potato farming in Washington involves high-stakes investment due to competitive market, low profit margins

Rex Calloway looked west through the large windows of his 1950s-era farmhouse near Quincy and talked about the time, nearly 70 years ago, that his grandfather first arrived on this …


First on the Martian menu: spuds

If human beings finally reach Mars, they may find themselves depending on the humble, if hardy potato. Scientists in Peru have used a simulator that mimics the harsh conditions on …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 11:50 a.m.

Researchers program drones to find virus-infected potatoes

Researchers at Idaho State University have programed drones to be able to identify a potato-infecting virus.


WSU, University of Idaho join search for super spuds

A program that teamed up three universities and three agricultural commissions in 1984 has recently experienced its fourth great success with a newly bred potato that seems to be superior …


University of Idaho eyes partnering with Peru potato center

University of Idaho officials are negotiating a deal with the International Potato Center in Peru in hopes of getting access to the center’s vast potato gene bank.


Titanic tuber rolls through Inland Northwest this week

Don’t panic if you spot a giant potato rolling down the road this week. It’s friendly. The Big Idaho Potato Truck featuring a six-ton faux potato is the star of …


UPDATED: Tue., May 31, 2016, 2:13 p.m.

Idaho potato processor fined $273,000 after gas release

Federal authorities have fined an Idaho food processing company $273,000 following the release of a dangerous gas.


Potatoes promote weight gain? Spud slander, Idaho says

The humble Idaho potato is marketed as an inexpensive, fat- and cholesterol-free source of potassium and fiber, in addition to being deeply rooted in the country’s agricultural economy. But there’s …


Plant potato pieces now for plenty of spuds later

Most of us consider the potato something to fry, bake or boil and then smother with something else. In reality, this seemingly mundane vegetable has played an important role in …


Plant potato pieces now for plenty of spuds later

Most of us consider the potato something to fry, bake or boil and then smother with something else. In reality, this seemingly mundane vegetable has played an important role in …