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In this issue, learn how a campaign to benefit blight-free resistant tomatoes is benefitting both home gardeners and the potato industry in Prince Edward Island. You’ll also read about new Verticillium research, and get the latest on web-based whole farm solution systems and other new technologies and equipment to help potato producers.

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In Praise of the Yukon Gold Potato

On Barack Obama’s table at holiday feasts; on Justin Trudeau’s plate at his White House state dinner; and on the Oscar gala hors-d’oeuvres trays, was a small yellow potato called the Yukon Gold. Alexander York von Sivers, a 59-year-old man in Toronto, is on a mission to make sure everybody knows it. “It’s a story that had to be told,” he says. York has been working for three years to publicize the 50th…

Manitoba Potato Acres Projected to Fall

Potato acres are expected to fall in Manitoba this spring, as french fry companies cut back on process potato contracts. Manitoban potato growers are still negotiating contracts with Simplot and McCain Foods, which operate processing plants in Carberry and Portage la Prairie, but preliminary talks suggest volumes and acres will be down compared to 2015. “Simplot has indicated they’re going to be down about 10.7 per cent (in volume),” said Dan Sawatzky,…

Jennifer Harris receives the 2016 Mary Fitzgerald Award from Les Mallard at the 91st Annual CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Calgary, Alta. Photo: CPMA.

Potato Marketer Receives CPMA Award

The Canadian Marketing Produce Association recently recognized Jennifer Harris, marketing director of Mid-Isle Farms in Albany, P.E.I., with the prestigious Mary Fitzgerald Award at the 91st annual CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Calgary, Alta. The award is presented to an individual with passion and dedication to the produce industry, and Harris was the first ever recipient from the Atlantic Provinces. Harris is responsible for Mid-Isle’s marketing programs, including package design, market information,…


New Strategies for Fighting PVY in Potatoes, a Spud Smart Podcast

This Spud Smart Podcast brought to you by McCain Foods features Dr. Mathuresh Singh. The Director of Agricultural Certification Services for Potatoes New Brunswick and the project lead for a major research study into the development of more effective strategies for controlling Potato Virus Y, Dr. Singh shares his insights into PVY and how potato growers can benefit from his research findings. Sponsored by: McCain Foods

2016 Northeast Potato Technology Forum

The 23rd annual Northeast Potato Technology Forum was held at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in Fredericton, N.B. on March 16 and 17, with than 90 people from the potato research and extension community attending. The Northeast Potato Technology Forum brings together potato specialists from northeastern North America each year to discuss potato research and promote collaboration and information exchange. There were many people there from the potato industry, federal government…

Architectural drawing of The Little Potato Co.’s new U.S. headquarters, set to open in DeForest, Wisc. in January 2017. Image: Wisconsin State Journal.

Little Potato Co. Opening a U.S. Head Office

The Little Potato Co. is forking over more than US$20 million to spread its roots to Wisconsin. Officials from the Canada-based company — which specializes in cultivating the petite creamer potato — announced April 7 they will open a U.S. head office and packing facility in DeForest, Wisc. Sandy Gleddie, vice-president of operations for The Little Potato Co., said the 130,000-square-foot facility will hire 50 people when the building opens in January…

KWS Sells Seed Potato Business to Stet Holland

KWS has announced that it will be selling its conventional seed potato business to Stet Holland B.V. The agreement was signed on April 11 and is expected to be completed by mid-2016. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the financial terms of this transaction. The KWS Group’s seed potato business is steered by its subsidiary KWS POTATO B.V., which is based in Emmeloord in the Netherlands. Its varieties and potato breeding…

NASA says the Pampas de La Joya Desert in southern Peru has soil conditions like Mars. Photo: Ryan Dube/The Wall Street Journal.

NASA Really Is Trying to Grow Potatoes on Mars

As humans prepare to blast off to Mars, there is still the question of what they’ll eat once they colonize the red planet. Scientists who have traveled here to the Peruvian desert say they have the answer. Potatoes. Researchers at the Lima-based International Potato Center (CIP) and scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are studying which type of potato could be best suited for extraterrestrial farming to support a human…

Book Touts Potatoes’ Health Benefits

Author Tim Steele’s new book, The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified, focuses on potatoes as an article of health and touts the potato as the best diet pill ever invented. Included in the book are simple ways to use potatoes to aid in weight loss and an extensive section on the benefits of resistant starch, of which potatoes are an excellent source. The “potato hack” diet was modeled after an 1849 diet plan for people…


U.S. Potatoes Board Changes Name

Members of the US Potato Board have approved a new name during the board’s 44th annual meeting, voting to change the title — and logo — to Potatoes USA. The organization, now entitled Potatoes USA, continues to exist having as the main objective to strengthen demand for U.S. potatoes, the board said in a statement, on behalf of 2,500 family farms it represents at national and global level. The new strategic plan for…

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