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December 9, 2015, Charlottetown, PEI – There’s likely only one person on P.E.I. who can reveal the real story behind the potato tampering attack that has now cost the Island potato industry more than $10 million dollars. It’s been over a year since potatoes with needles deliberately inserted into the…
Dec. 4, 2015, Prince Edward Island – A legislative committee says it's time a dispute over the potato disinfection service comes to an end and both sides of the debate come together immediately, writes CBC News. | READ MORE
Dec. 2, 2015, Ontario - To commemorate its important role and historical significance in the development of Ontario's agri-food sector, the province is designating the Guelph Soil Series as the official soil of Ontario. The Guelph Soil Series is made up of loams, sandy loams and silt loams. More than 70,000 hectares of…
December 1, 2015, Edmonton, Alta – An Alberta Agriculture and Forestry representative recently spoke with Jan Vermue, president of West Edmonton Seed Potatoes, about the 2015 growing season. The interview can be heard here: Interview with Jan Vermue.
Nov. 26, 2015, Prince Edward Island – A motion from the official Opposition calling on government to defer cuts to potato disinfection services was defeated Tuesday night, although three Liberal MLAs voted in favour of the motion, writes CBC News. | READ MORE
Nov. 24, 2015, Manitoba – Potato production in Canada is up 4.1 per cent in 2015 according to Statistics Canada's latest report, and Manitoba alone accounts for 57.2 per cent of the increase, which leads the manager of the Keystone Potato Producers Association to suggest the province could become Canada's new potato capital. |…
Nov. 20, 2015, Canada – Potato production in Canada increased 4.1 per cent from 2014 to an estimated 104.8 million hundredweight (4.8 million tonnes) in 2015, according to the latest report from Statistics Canada.  Manitoba accounted for 57.2 per cent of this increase while Quebec was responsible for 29.1 per cent. Production was 1.3 per cent above the average level…
Nov. 12, 2015, Prince Edward Island – A legislative committee is publicly urging the minister of agriculture to reconsider the cancellation of an industry-wide program aimed at protecting P.E.I.’s potato industry from bacterial ring rot, writes Atlantic Farm Focus. | READ MORE
Nov. 12, 2015, Prince Edward Island – The Prince Edward Island government is cutting funding to a provincially funded potato disinfection service. The service, which has been in place for more than 30 years, sprays potato transport trucks arriving on P.E.I., local machinery and warehouses, for a disease called bacterial ring…
  Nov. 11, 2015, Guelph, Ont. - The Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) Competition named the winners of the 2015 competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on Nov. 7. Senior champion: David MacTaggart from Lacombe, Alta. Senior second place: Simon Greenough from Newport, N.S. Senior third place: Kathryn…
Oct. 22, 2015 – The Little Potato Co. plans to introduce its newest proprietary creamer potato at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Atlanta. The grower-shipper plans to roll out the Chilean Splash variety as a limited release specialty item late this year in the U.S. and Canada. The…
  Sept. 21, 2015, San Luis Valley, CO – Worley & McCullough, a grower-shipper in Colorado’s San Luis Valley that supplies over 1.5 million hundred-weight shipments in potatoes to grocery stores throughout the US, Canada and Mexico, has converted from a standard wooden pallet product distribution platform to a system integration…
Sept. 11, 2015, MN – In a deal designed to protect sensitive groundwater and pine forests in central Minnesota, a large regional potato grower has agreed to scale back an ambitious expansion plan in exchange for state regulators dropping their demand for a broad environmental review. The Star Tribune reports.…
  Aug. 18, 2015, Charlottetown – The closing ceremonies of the World Potato Congress featured presentations of the triennial industry awards, recognizing outstanding personal contributions and leadership in the development of the global potato industry.
  Aug. 10, 2015, Mississauga, ON – Lay’s Canada has announced the four finalist flavours for the company’s “Do Us A Flavour” contest.

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