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Nov. 1, 2014, Borden-Carleton, PEI – The McCain french fry plant in Borden-Carleton has officially closed, raising questions about potato processing in Prince Edward Island. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 13, 2014, Prince Edward Island – The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has released a statement in response to the announcement that McCain Foods will close its Borden-Carleton French fry facility on Oct. 31 “We were shocked and disappointed by the news from McCain,” said PEI Potato Board chairman…
Aug. 11, 2014, Taber, Alta. – The Potato Growers of Alberta are hosting their annual field day on Aug. 14 at the Taber Airport.  All are welcome to join the Potato Growers of Alberta at the west end of the Taber Airport from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with lunch served…
Aug. 8, 2014, Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. – A spokesman for P.E.I.'s potato industry says it is “reeling” from news the French fry processing plant operated by McCain Foods in Borden-Carleton is closing down. P.E.I. Potato Board chairman Gary Linkletter says he had hoped the factory would be used to help meet the growing global…
Aug. 6, 2014, Canada – Syngenta Canada Inc. has introduced Stadium post-harvest fungicide for potatoes during storage. When used as part of a full-season, integrated disease prevention program, the company says Stadium is meant to help prevent the spread of two devastating storage diseases, silver scurf and Fusarium dry rot.…
July 31, 2014, Alliston, Ont. – Dr. Peter VanderZaag, president of Sunrise Potato Ltd in Alliston, Ont., has been appointed to the World Potato Congress's international advisory committee. In this role, VanderZaag will track and report on potato-related issues throughout East Asia and China, as well as offer advice to the…
July 24, 2014 – Anne Fowlie, executive director of the Canadian Horticultural Council, has been appointed a member of the board of directors of the World Potato Congress, joining Ron Gall of New Zealand and Dr. Nora Olsen of the United States.  Fowlie embarked on a career in agriculture (1978)…
July 17, 2014, Canada – Canadian potato producers reported seeding 348,221 acres (140,921 hectares) of potatoes in 2014, down two per cent from 2013, according to a recent report from Statistics Canada. For the second year in a row, Manitoba had the largest decrease in seeded area, down 9.4 per cent to 63,384 acres (25,651 hectares). Prince Edward Island farmers…
July 11, 2014, Alberta – A consortium of association and industry partners have invested $1 million in the University of Lethbridge toward establishing a chair in potato science.  The U of L will receive the funds over five years from the Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA), McCain Foods, ConAgra Lamb…
June 16, 2014, Canada – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has updated information about the Seed Potato Tuber Quality Management Program (SPTQMP) for seed potato tuber inspection. | READ MORE
June 13, 2014, Prince Edward Island – Cavendish Farms and the P.E.I. Potato Board are calling for a lifting of the moratorium on high-capacity agricultural wells in the province to help potato farmers stay competitive, reports CBC News. | READ MORE  
June 3, 2014, Alberta – Alberta is taking a multi-stakeholder approach to advancing the potato industry, with a goal of enabling growers to have disease-free seed varieties available to deal with potential virulent diseases, a changing climate, greater processor demands and varied consumer needs. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD),…
June 2, 2014, Kentville, N.S. – The Frito-Lay chip plant in Kentville, N.S. – the smallest of six Frito-Lay production facilities in Canada – celebrated its diamond anniversary this week, reports CBC News. | READ MORE
May 21, 2014, Canada – Come this July, your ability to use email as a marketing or fundraising tool will be significantly restricted. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into effect July 1, 2014, and with it comes some of the world’s strictest anti-spam rules. For a better idea of how…
May 20, 2014, Prince Edward Island – The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has signed on as a partner in Farm Credit Canada’s Agriculture More Than Ever program. Agriculture More Than Ever is an industry-led initiative to improve perceptions and create positive dialogue about Canadian agriculture with the public. The…
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