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2017 Wireworm Research & Extension Seminar

The 2017 Wireworm Research & Extension Seminar is being held on March 28, 2017, at Red Shores Racetrack in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The seminar will feature presentations by researchers conducting wireworm/click beetle research both locally and nationally. Agenda Information and registration  

New Potato Nutrition Facts Label in the United States

Potatoes USA has developed an updated new Nutrition Facts Label for fresh potatoes to meet updated FDA guidance. A new label was released in the fall to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revisions to the requirements for Nutrition Facts Labels. Since that new label was released, more guidance and changes have been provided by FDA prompting the updated version. The FDA has made adjustments to their Recommended Daily Value of…

Expanding Markets for Canadian Potatoes

The federal government is providing more than $274,000 to help expand markets for Canadian potatoes. This project, funded under the Growing Forward 2, AgriMarketing Program, provides the Canadian Horticultural Council with up to $274,714 to help grow foreign and domestic markets for Canadian potatoes, through trade shows, targeted advertising, incoming missions, market research and development, and product promotion. According to a news release, the investment is part of the federal government’s plan…

2017 Northeast Potato Technology Forum

The 24th Annual 2017 Northeast Potato Technology Fourm is being held March 15-16, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in downtown Fredericton. The Northeast Potato Technology Forum is an annual event that provides potato researchers, extension specialists and industry representatives from Atlantic Canada and Northeastern United States an opportunity to discuss potato research and exchange technical information of benefit to the potato industry. Participation is open to all private and…

Canadian Horticultural Council AGM

The Canadian Horticultural Council’s Annual General Meeting takes place March 14-16, 2017, in Winnipeg, Man. The Canadian Horticultural Council’s (CHC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an opportunity for leaders in fruit and vegetable production, retail, business, and the federal government to come together to discuss issues and decide on a course of action for addressing these issues in the coming year. Information and registration    

Multi-million dollar fire rips through potato farm

A potato processing plant near Shelburne, Ont. was destroyed when a massive fire tore through the building early Tuesday morning. The fire began at Tupling Farms Produce Inc. around 1:30 a.m. Shelburne is located about an hour-and-a-half northwest of Toronto. The roof of the roughly 45,000-square foot plant collapsed and small fires continued to burn inside. When fire crews arrived at the scene, “the flames were probably about another 100 feet in…

Potatoes grown from seeds may solve hunger in Africa

WAGENINGEN – Potatoes grown from Dutch seeds yield two to four times bigger harvests for small-scale, poor farmers in East Africa than potatoes grown using local seed potatoes. These findings are the result of initial tests using experimental varieties grown from potato seeds by Wageningen-based agro-tech company Solynta in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As such, potatoes grown from seeds may prove to be an effective means to provide not only the…

Lack of seed potatoes may reduce area growth in Northwestern Europe

A lack of seed potatoes might reduce the growth of next year’s potato area for processing potatoes and contracts. According to the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG), the expected growth of next year’s potato area might be less than previously estimated. In the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France there is a serious lack of seed potatoes to grow processing potatoes. The United Kingdom is the only NEPG member not suffering from this…

In dire straits, India’s farmers dump potatoes on roads

Farmers in India’s Doaba region, under the banner of Bharti Kissan Union (BKU), dumped their potato produce on the roads of Kartarpur Tuesday, causing a traffic jam on the Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway. Harmeet Singh Kadian, BKU state president, said, “We disposed of around 500 quintal (50,000 kilograms) of potato at the main chowk (marketplace) in Kartarpur. Around 10 tractor-trailers and five pickups were used for it.” Kadian said potato farmers held a…

P.E.I. potato prices on a tear

P.E.I. potatoes fetched good prices in 2016, continuing a trend that stretches back to 2004. The strong performance for Island spuds was shown in the farm product prices indexed released by Statistics Canada on Feb. 27. The index, set at 100 in 2007, reached 169.3 for potatoes last year, which was well above the national index of 149.1. It was a big jump over P.E.I.’s 2015 index of 150.2. Total index also…

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