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If it wasn’t for a single rainfall event, Robert Irving, the president of Cavendish Farms, says the 2017 potato growing season could have been a disaster. To meet the challenge of dry weather conditions, Irving says industry leaders and the government need to come together and find a sustainable solution. Supplemental…
Thompson Potato Company Inc., a potato packaging company in Prince Edward Island, received funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The funding will go toward upgrades that will make the company more efficient and contribute to its plans for long-term, sustainable growth.The upgrades at Thompson Potato Company Inc. in Victoria…
For Dan Breen, soil is a living, active bio-system that needs protecting. It's like the "skin" of the earth, he believes, and much like people cover their bare skin when going outside in the winter, fields too need covering to protect them from the elements.
Colorado potato beetle. Potato virus Y. Dickeya. Disease and pests that plague potato growers continue to grow and evolve. So too do the rules and regulations that monitor the use of pesticides and seed treatments.
A recent study conducted in Canada demonstrated that a potato-derived resistant starch showed positive results in lowering insulin resistance in elderly subjects.
"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.
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