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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…
May 13, 2014, Prince Edward Island – P.E.I. process potato farmers who grow for McCain Foods have a new contract in a deal that was reached in last-minute negotiations before it actually had to go to arbitration, reports CBC News. | READ MORE
May 9, 2014, Manitoba – Keystone Potato Producers Association, based in Portage La Prairie, Man., has yet to complete negotiations with Simplot Canada II over a contract for 2014 production, according to Agweek.com. | READ MORE
May 6, 2014, Alberta – The Potato Growers of Alberta is seeking a new technical director to lead the PGA research program and collaborate with government and industry to provide extension services to members. The ideal candidate would have a plant science related degree, and experience with potato production, but…
April 21, 2014 – The Canadian Potato Council has elected a new leader for 2014. John Bareman, the chair of the Potato Growers of Alberta, succeeds Joe Brennan as CPC chair. Bareman was elected to the position during the Canadian Horticultural Council’s annual meeting, held recently in Kelowna, B.C. Brenda Simmons, assistant general manager of Prince Edward Island…
April 24, 2014, Truro, N.S. – Andrew and Heidi Lawless, potato producers from Kinkora, P.E.I., are the 2014 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) for the Atlantic region. Andrew and Heidi, who own and operate Hilltop Produce Ltd., along with Andrew’s parents, will go on to represent the Atlantic region at the…
April 25, 2014, Manitoba – Manitoba potato growers and processors know fewer potatoes will be grown in the province this year.  “We know there will be another decrease in volume though (from last year),” Dan Sawatzky, manager of Keystone Potato Growers Association Inc., told the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ general council meeting…
April 7, 2014, Manitoba – Manitoba is becoming a high-cost potato producer, according to Christine Wentworth, McCain Foods vice-president of agriculture for North America. Wentworth's statement has sounded alarms that further cuts could be headed the industry's way, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. | READ MORE
April 4, 2014, Coaldale, Alta. – An explosion and fire has injured one person and damaged six potato storage bins at a potato storage facility in southwestern Alberta.Police say a contractor was applying chemical treatment to prevent potatoes from sprouting when a fire ignited. The fire spread to six Quonset…
April 1, 2014, Vancouver – Tomra will provide information on two sorting machines for potato growers and processors this week at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association Annual Convention and Trade Show in West Vancouver.  "The Halo provides high performance sorting and grading, based on factors such as detailed size, geometry and…
March 28, 2014, Prince Edward Island – The P.E.I. Potato Board says it’s time for the public to move past the history and look at what today’s potato growers are doing to protect the environment. "Potato farmers of today have learned a lot from past challenges and are making tangible…
March 3, 2014, Prince Edward Island – The topic of environmental sustainability was front and centre for potato growers attending the International Potato Technology Expo Conference on Friday, Feb. 21, at Red Shores in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Ensuring that potato production in Prince Edward Island is both environmentally and economically sustainable…
Feb. 27, 2014, P.E.I. – RWL Holdings Ltd. in Travellers Rest is set to open a high-speed potato wash facility, according to The Guardian. | READ MORE
Feb. 10, 2014, Ottawa – 4-H Canada has announced Bridget Wilson as the recipient of the 2014 AgriVenture Global Scholarship program. Wilson, a fourth-year university student pursuing an agriculture degree in Animal Science, Genetics and Molecular Biology, will take part in a six-month program to rural New Zealand. Originally from…
Jan. 28, 2014, Elmsdale, P.E.I. – W.P. Griffin will receive an investment from the federal and Prince Edward Island governments to purchase new weighing and bagging equipment.The new equipment will help W.P. Griffin expand their export opportunities, the company said in a press release. The Canadian government, through ACOA, is…
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