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"Potahto Week," a new seven day event in Winnipeg runs February 19-25.Larry McIntosh from Peak of the Market says the starchy vegetable has gotten a bad reputation, and Potahto Week is all about helping people reconnect with Manitoba spuds.Over 50 locations will promote potatoes with a view to making the much-maligned…
Last year was an "optimistic year'' in P.E.I. agriculture, with successes coming in the potato, dairy and blueberry industries, says the minister of agriculture.
A major expansion project has been announced for a Manitoba potato-processing plant that's expected to create about 90 new full-time jobs.
The potato industry saw 15 selections from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's potato breeding program at the annual potato selection event on February 14 at the Fredericton Research and Development Centre. There are five french fry potatoes this year, two for the potato chip sector, six fresh market selections, and two potatoes…
Chemicals in the leaves of potato plants, produced naturally by the plant, may hold the key to a new way in controlling Colorado potato beetles. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research scientist, Helen Tai (pictured here) has turned to the leaves growing on wild potato relatives – leaves that Colorado…
The Government of Canada is investing in science and innovation to help meet increasing global food demand, grow exports for Canadian farmers and producers, and create good paying jobs that help grow Canada's middle-class.Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, recently joined newly hired researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's…
A "Dig In, Do Good" campaign by a West Prince business, in partnership with Sobeys and The Grocery Foundation of Atlantic Canada, is raising funds for Atlantic Canada's children's hospitals.WP Griffin Inc., a family-owned farming operation based in Elmsdale, has been supplying Sobeys, Foodland and Co-op stores in Atlantic Canada…
Green Meadow Farms Inc. in Morell, P.E.I. is purchasing three pieces of automated equipment with the help of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) funding that will improve efficiency and make the workload easier for employees.The farm received a $155,141 repayable contribution from ACOA to help purchase the equipment.Two pieces of…
P.E.I. has experienced a lower potato crop yield than usual this year and has been forced to ship in spuds from other areas of the country to make up for it.​
Israel's NRGene recently announced it was working with a team of researchers from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands as well as commercial partners to create multi-genome mapping of potatoes.
While he maintains there will be a market for potatoes well into the future, Ghislain Pelletier predicts the future of the industry will bear little resemblance to the past.The global vice-president for agronomy for McCain Foods was one of the keynote speakers at the recent annual meeting of the PEI…
The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 4th board of directors meeting.Darryl Wallace of Cascumpec was elected as the new chairman of the board. Wallace and his family own and operate Wallace Family Farms. He represents the processing sector for the…
A genetically improved potato designed to have resistance to a devastating global plant disease has successfully come through the first year of field trials.The field trial conducted by The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich involves incorporating late blight resistant genes from a wild potato relative into a cultivated Maris Piper…
Cavendish Farms has officially opened its new potato storage facility, which will mean the company can supply potatoes year-round.The new facility, says a statement, is 88,000 sq. ft. and has a refrigerated potato storage capacity of 48 million pounds. The facility is split into two separate buildings with each building…
In an effort to shine a light on the current status of herbicide resistance in Canada, Top Crop Manager (TCM) has launched the Herbicide Use Survey!As an industry leader providing up-to-date information and research, TCM is looking to gather input from producers across the country in order to develop a…
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