Potatoes

Brand Registration:

When potatoes are packed in containers, each container must be branded, marked, labeled or stenciled in a plain and legible manner with name of the grade to which such potatoes conform. Each brand must be registered, approved and recorded by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

A fillable, printable registration form can be found at Forms, Reports & Publications.

Retail Potatoes:

All potatoes sold to the consumer by retail stores or markets must be graded and marked in accordance with the standards set forth by Title 22, Chapter 9, Idaho Code, IDAPA 02.02.09, Rules Requiring Inspection of Potatoes Intended for Sale or Offered for Sale in Retail Outlets (pdf) and Federal Marketing Order 945-USDA (pdf) . Inspections are performed at retail outlets or markets to ensure that potatoes offered for sale are properly identified as to grade and are within standards.

Seed Potatoes:

All potatoes to be planted in the state of Idaho from any state, territory, or country must be certified and be accompanied by a certificate of inspection that includes the description of the grade, the findings of all inspections of each lot of seed, noting the name and amount of disease observed and generation of the potatoes. The certification must also show that the potatoes were packed, sealed, and tagged under the certification standards of the state, territory, or country in which they were produced.

Idaho growers are allowed to plant uncertified seed potatoes grown by them provided that they are no more than one (1) generation from their own certified parent seed potatoes. Uncertified seed potatoes planted by Idaho growers must comply with testing by the ISDA Plant Pathology Laboratory.

Crop Management Areas:

Seed potato crop management areas have special pest management and isolation requirements. They are designed to assure the highest quality and pest freedom for Idaho seed potatoes.

There are significant restrictions in place in the crop management areas to contain certain pests. All potato plantings in these areas must be field inspected by the Idaho Crop Improvement Association. All hosts of the green peach aphid are regulated, including peach and apricot trees. Also, equipment entering a crop management area must be cleaned and disinfected prior to entry, and even potatoes planted in gardens are subject to inspection.

There are 8 seed potato crop management areas in Idaho. They are all in the eastern part of the state. Their legal descriptions and the complete details of the restrictions can be found in Title 22, Chapter 5, Idaho Code, and IDAPA 02.06.26, Rules Governing Seed Potato Crop Management Areas (pdf).

Idaho seed potato crop management area maps can be found at Forms, Reports & Publications.