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Potato co-op planners set costs
January 26, 2005 H&N
Growers will meet next week in Merrill to discuss
the proposed cooperative. Organizers met Tuesday to
plan for the meeting.
Organizers said potato growers raised about 7,500
acres of spuds for the fresh market in 2004 - about
half the total potato acreage in the Basin.
Other growers in the Basin raise potatoes under
contract for processors such as potato chip makers.
Grower Marty Macy said there are about 50 to 60
growers who sell in the fresh market in the Klamath
Basin, and the cooperative so far includes about
two-thirds of them.
The organizers said the stock structure was modeled
on that of the United Potato Growers of Idaho. Two
organizers, Bob Woodman and Ed Staunton, traveled to
Idaho Falls to meet with growers there.
The organizational meeting of the cooperative is set for 9 a.m. Monday at the Merrill Civic Center. For more information call Cross at (530) 664-2881.
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