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Brexit: Jersey Royal potatoes ‘could be left rotting in fields’ due to lack of EU workers

The largest producer of Jersey Royal potatoes has warned crops may be left to rot in the fields because foreign workers have left ahead of Brexit. Polish workers – who had previously provided the majority of seasonal labour – have abandoned Jersey following the EU referendum, according to Charlie Gallichan of Woodside Farms, which grows and exports Jersey Royals, vegetables and flowers. Growers are “trying to keep their heads above water until they get reinforcements” from Africa and…

International Potato Technology Expo Feb. 23-24, 2018

The International Potato Technology Expo goes Feb. 23-24, 2018, in Charlottetown, P.E.I. This show is the event of choice for potato growers from across the Maritimes and beyond – along with the leading equipment and product manufactures. If you’re involved in any aspect of the potato industry, you won’t want to miss it. Visit the website for more information.    

NEW DATE: United Potato Growers of Canada Partners Seminar

The 2018 United Potato Partners Seminar will be held at Red Shores, 21 Exhibition Drive, Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The United Potato Growers of Canada and the PEI Potato Board have developed an agenda that brings top-notch speakers and valuable information for farmers and other industry members. Topics will include NAFTA, carbon tax pricing, market updates and outlook, and changing potato consumption. There is no charge for the event. For…

Potatoes USA Creates Program to Fuel Athletic Performance

American potato marketing and research organization Potatoes USA has developed a new program in nutrition and athletic performance. Created in partnership with four experts, the program promotes 13 new recipes designed to encourage active consumers to power their performance with potatoes. The recipes are innovative and include potato soups, bread and even desserts. The new recipes were developed using the most recent compilation of nutrition recommendations for athletes published jointly by the…

Healthy Seed Helps Ensure Healthy Yield

Ideal growing conditions, optimum fertility, pest and disease control – all these things are crucial to ensure a high-yielding, healthy crop. But before the seed goes in the ground, it’s crucial growers ensure the seed they’re planting is as healthy as possible. For this edition of Roundtable, Spud Smart gathered some expert opinions on why it’s important potato growers plant the best seed they can get their hands on. Our five experts…

Alberta Potato History Outlined in New Book

The history of the potato is a long and varied one. From the spud’s humble beginning in South America, to its current production throughout the world, potatoes are an integral part of almost every human being. One provincial association has decided to bring the history of the potato in its province closer to home. The Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) recently launched a book about the history of potatoes in Alberta. According…

Green potatoes safe for consumers to eat, researcher says

Sabine Tanios is a PhD candidate in Tasmania working on research into why and how potatoes develop green colouring. Her work at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture looks at the wide range of factors that cause undesirable greening in potatoes, and at ways of reducing it. She said consumers’ reluctance to eat green potatoes had an easy solution. “We’ve all heard that green potatoes are toxic,” she said. “However, this is not…

Manitoba Potato Production Days 2018

Manitoba Potato Production Days 2018 goes Jan. 23-25 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Man. The event includes a jam-packed agenda with well-known industry experts, and a trade show featuring potato equipment and services. Information  

33rd Annual Maine Potato Conference and Trade Show

The 33rd Annual Maine Potato Conference and Trade Show goes Jan. 17-18 in Caribou, Maine. The conference is designed for potato producers, farm workers and crop advisers. Scheduled speakers include UMaine Extension crop and soil specialists, UMaine and UMaine Presque Isle researchers, Maine Board of Pesticides Control and Maine Potato Board staff, and McCain Foods agronomists. Topics include soil health and combating drought, storage practices, technology in agriculture and certified seed results….

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