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The accumulated precipitation is still below normal (50-80 per cent of normal) in most of the potato producing areas of the province.
Agriculture industry leaders met with federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers yesterday during the Canadian Federation of Agriculture's (CFA) annual Industry-Government FPT Roundtable in St. John's, Newfoundland, where they explored priorities and strategies to grow the sector. Discussion topics included the next Agriculture Policy Framework (APF), which is set to…
While P.E.I.'s recent stretch of hot, dry weather has been great for playing outdoors – it is starting to worry farmers.
The new Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) elected inaugural board members from across Canada recently to build its mandate to help Canada’s food system earn trust. CCFI does this by providing a support service to assist Canada’s agri-food sector by coordinating consumer research, resources, dialogue, and training.
Out-of-the-ordinary archaeological finds never fail to fascinate us as we dig into the past – like the prehistoric potato granules unearthed in Utah, which experts say could be up to 10,900 years old.To be more precise, these are starch granules from the Solanum jamesii plant, which produces small wild potatoes,…
Housed in Canada's centre of excellence for potato research along the Saint John River Valley in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) scientists maintain a living library of nearly 180 potentially high-value potato gene resources. Canada's potato gene bank, or Canadian Potato Genetic Resources, is part of an…
Last month Statistics Canada released the results of the 2016 Census of Agriculture. Like many of you, I was eager to read up on the results and discover how our industry has changed in the five years since the last survey was conducted. 
A family of New Brunswick potato farmers are getting into the booze business by making vodka from spuds.
Last month Statistics Canada released the results of the 2016 Census of Agriculture. Like many of you, I was eager to read up on the results and discover how our industry has changed in the five years since the last survey was conducted. 
There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year, according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato. Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications, said the company is holding off allowing commercial growth of Innate potatoes in Canada until there's a…
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) announced a $250,000 loan to J & S Visser Produce of Orwell Cove. The company will add a baler and bagger system, allowing the company to move quickly between types of potatoes and various packaging sizes. This will increase the variety of potato products offered…
The new Eco steam peeler from TOMRA stands more than eight metres tall, and has the capability to peel 650kg of potatoes in less than seven seconds. The processing capacity of the steam peeler is more than 65,000kg (143,300 lbs) of potatoes per hour or a daily rate of 1,560,000kg…
Potato growers are hoping for some warmer temperatures and sunny skies in the coming days after two weeks of rain have brought planting to a halt across most of Prince Edward Island."We're into our second week of wet weather and really there's nothing being done at the present time," says Rodney…
Linkletter Farms potato seed warehouse caught fire sometime in the early morning hours on May 1st. Fire Chief Jason Woodbury said workers at the farm spotted smoke coming from the roof of the 22,000 square foot structure, and traced it to a fire in the attic of the building. |…
McCain Foods USA, Inc. has announced it is expanding the voluntary recall of retail, frozen hash brown products that may contain golf ball materials, specifically hard plastic or rubber pieces, that despite the supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make the products. There is no…

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