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FDA investigating possible link between grain-free dog food and heart disease

Dog food containing potatoes, chickpeas, lentils and other legumes as main ingredients – often marketed as “grain-free” to appeal to health-conscious pet owners who are willing to pay a premium …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 3:43 p.m.

Judge: U.S. illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields

A federal judge ruled that the U.S. government illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields infested with a microscopic pest that could threaten the state’s $1.2 billion potato industry, but he …


Gardening: Potatoes went through a long journey to acceptance on our dinner tables

A Thanksgiving meal just isn’t complete without the mashed potatoes.


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 …


Oregon city clashes with company over ‘dead flesh’ smell

Residents in a small Oregon city say the fumes coming from a nearby potato dehydration plant smell like “dead flesh,” have sent one person into an asthma attack and made …


Potato acreage down 25 percent since 2005

A Washington State University study has found a 25 percent decline in potato acreage in a significant portion of land atop the Odessa Aquifer between 2005 and 2015, due primarily …


Perdue offers hope for farming issues in Trump administration

Sonny Perdue’s views on agriculture offer some hope for longer-term stability. It wouldn’t make sense for Trump to nominate him and then ignore him.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

Federal efforts to eradicate Idaho potato pest succeeding

Progress is being made eradicating a microscopic pest that has been threatening Idaho’s $900 million potato industry the last decade, federal officials say.


100 years ago in Spokane: After U.S. enters World War I, Davenport Hotel raises meal prices

World War I was lead to multiple menu changes at the Davenport Hotel’s restaurant.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Davenport, other restaurants raise potato prices in response to war-time vegetable shortages

The lowly potato was making front page news because its price “continues to soar.” The Spokesman-Review said that the potato would soon be “classed as a luxury,” and that Davenport’s …


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 …


Oregon’s Columbia Basin farmers expect above-average potato harvest

Potato farmers in the Columbia Basin are expecting a better-than-average harvest this fall.


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.


Comments sought on fighting potato pest in Idaho

Federal officials are taking public comments on possible methods to deal with a microscopic pest that has infested potato fields in southeastern Idaho.


Farl thee well: Make these Irish potato treats

St. Patrick’s Day may have passed. But The Spokesman-Review Food section has been receiving requests for the Irish Potato Farls mentioned March 16 in an Irish cookbook contest award-winning essay.


Seasonal Kitchen: Behold the varieties of locally grown spuds

This time of year, local farmers markets brim with the vibrant colors of fall. Pumpkins, apples and winter squash dominate with their rich warm hues and bright pops of color, …


Russet potatoes a source of pride

It is next to impossible to find the big Russet Idaho baker potatoes in Idaho grocery stores. Depending on who you ask, the blame either falls on the Idaho Potato …


Mashed or gratin, sweet or plain, tater must-haves

Mashed potatoes are creamy and comforting. So are whipped sweet potatoes topped with a velvety crust of toasted marshmallows. This time of year, the root vegetables are readily available. In …


Tater tacks

It’s not even 9 a.m. and Leon Frechette’s house is already filled with the aroma of baking potatoes. Frechette, a former Spokane contractor and author of several books on building …


Biotech apples may be harbinger for Simplot spuds

BOISE — Idaho’s potato industry is gazing north of the U.S. border to a tiny Canadian apple breeder for a sign of how the public may embrace a genetically modified …


In the Garden: It’s a cool time to grow potatoes again

Potatoes are one of the most enjoyable cool-season crops to grow. Not only are the plants attractive but it’s also great fun to dig for buried treasure in the fall. …


Simplicity of brunch

Putting on a beautiful brunch shouldn’t require a team of sous chefs. They wouldn’t fit in your kitchen anyway. With some planning and a few advance preparations, brunch comes together …


Washington potatoes headed to South Korea

OLYMPIA – As a Washington delegation wrapped up a trade mission in Asia this week, the United States and South Korea worked out a deal on the export of one …


Gregoire secures sister state

OLYMPIA – Washington has a new “sister” state, half a world away. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is in Asia on a trade mission, announced Wednesday that Andhra Pradesh in southeast …


Doug Clark: Commission’s promo is no common tater

Ever since the Dawn of Man (or, for you feminists, the Dawn of Chicks), human beings have created mysterious, larger-than-life wonders that were meant to endure the mildew of time. …


This will be hard to top: Potatoes to take 32-state tour

BOISE – Call it Tuber Tour 2012. The Idaho Potato Commission is commemorating its 75th anniversary and hoping to dispel some bad press for potatoes by taking a lifelike, 6-ton …


Potatoes pile on the pounds, study says

LOS ANGELES – Public Enemy No. 1 in America’s battle of the bulge isn’t cupcakes, soda or double bacon cheeseburgers. It’s the simple potato, according to Harvard University researchers. Daily …


Students, officials protest USDA tater-tossing plan

Potatoes are being blacklisted. A proposal by federal nutrition officials to all but rid school meal programs of potatoes in favor of other vegetables and fruits has earned scorn from …


Head of Washington potato group ends all-spud diet

The head of the Washington Potato Commission is ending his 60-day, all-potato diet lighter by 21 pounds and hungry for more than spuds.


Potato-only dieter nears 60-day goal

For 60 days, Chris Voigt has been on a potatoes-only diet, and he laments that “no matter how you cook them, they’re always that same soft texture.” On Tuesday, when …