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Agriculture Department says potato stocks up 14 percent over the year in North Dakota

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FARGO, North Dakota — Potato stocks in North Dakota are up 14 percent from a year ago.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that growers, dealers and processors in the state held 7.4 million hundredweight of potatoes in storage on April 1.

Current stocks represent 31 percent of production, up from 29 percent in 2014.

Nationally, potato stocks on April 1 stood at 130 million hundredweight, up 9 percent over the year.

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