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Cambodia Opens First Potato Research Centre

With potato consumption continuing to rise in the Kingdom, the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday unveiled a $200,000 (U.S.) research center it hopes will research and develop potato varieties most suited to the country. Speaking at the ceremony outside the new Potato Research Center, at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon stressed the increasing importance of potatoes in the nation’s diet. “The demand for potatoes in the…

Canadian Potato Council Annual Meeting

About 40 representatives from the potato industry and the federal and provincial governments gathered in Ottawa, Ont. on March 7 and 8 for the Canadian Potato Council and Seed Potato Sub Committee meetings to review topics of importance to Canadian potato growers. These meetings were held in conjunction with the Canadian Horticultural Council Annual General Meeting. Among the topics discussed was the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), which provides a forum…

Agritechnica

Every two years, Hanover, Germany hosts Agritechnica, the world’s largest trade fair for agricultural machinery and equipment. Agritechnica 2015 attracted almost 3,000 exhibitors from 50-plus nations along with tens of thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries to Hanover in November. Spud Smart was there and was able to peruse the latest in cutting edge potato equipment on display. Here are some products that caught our eye. Every-Air Tarp Winner of…

Ontario Potato Conference and Trade Show

The 2016 Ontario Potato Conference and Trade Show was held March 1 at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre in Guelph, Ont. Approximately 225 growers, crop consultants and industry personnel took part, with attendees including delegates from Quebec and Prince Edward Island. The annual event is supported by the Ontario Potato Board. There were 32 exhibitors at the trade show, which included displays of new potato varieties and the latest in potato…

Big Crowd for New Brunswick Potato Show

This year’s New Brunswick Potato Conference and Trade Show, held Feb. 4 at the E. & P. Senechal Centre in Grand Falls, N.B., is being hailed as a great success by organizers. Matt Hemphill, executive director of Potatoes New Brunswick, told Spud Smart as the conference was wrapping up that it was the largest attendance he’d seen in recent years. “We’ve seen almost 300 people go through the door, and you always…

2016 Manitoba Potato Production Days

Manitoba Potato Production Days, the annual conference and trade show dedicated to Manitoba’s potato industry, wrapped up Jan. 28 after a successful three-day run. “In think Manitoba Potato Production Days went very well this year,” said Dan Sawatzky, general manager of Manitoba’s Keystone Potato Producers Association. “We’re quite pleased with how it’s turned out.” Sawatzky noted that the trade show display area within the Keystone Centre, the site of MPPD, was bigger…

Eye On The Nation

Prince Edward Island By Alex Docherty – Chairman, Prince Edward Island Potato Board Challenges and opportunities are ahead for efforts to market the 2015 crop at a level growers need for a good return on investment. In Prince Edward Island, our production was actually down 1.5 per cent from 2014 due to variable yields across the province; however, good yields and increases in volume in the east, particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Maine, will add to…

Closing in on 50

The 49th annual Potato Growers of Alberta Conference and Trade Show was held Nov. 17-19 in Red Deer, Alta. More than 300 growers, their families and Industry participants attended the jam-packed three days of technical speakers, meetings, trade show displays and a ladies partner’s program. “Every year we try to add something new or tweak what we already have done, to make it enjoyable for all in attendance,” said Terence Hochstein, executive…

Future Challenges and Opportunities for the Potato in a Global Context

The following is the Closing Plenary Address at the closing ceremonies of the 2015 World Potato Congress, held July 27 to 30, 2015 in Yanqing County, Beijing, China. It was delivered by prominent Canadian potato grower and scientist Peter VanderZaag, a special advisor for the WPC who has long ties with the Chinese potato industry. Introduction At the end of this great Potato Congress, we view the future and ask the important…

Ontario Potato Field Day

About 250 growers, crop consultants and industry representatives gathered in Alliston, Ont., on Aug. 20 for the 2015 Ontario Potato Field Day. Eugenia Banks, potato specialist with the Ontario Agriculture Ministry who organized the field day with the support of the Ontario Potato Board, says it was a very successful event, with growers from as far away as Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island enjoying the friendly atmosphere. Hosted by HJV…

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