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People News P.E.I. Potato Board Elects New Executive The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive following its recent board of directors meeting. Gary Linkletter was re-elected as chairman of the board. Linkletter is currently serving his second three-year term representing the tablestock sector for the Summerside District. Alex Docherty of Skyeview Farms Ltd. is the new vice-chairman of the board representing the seed sector from the Charlottetown District. Owen Ching returns as the…

World Review

Ethiopia Dessie Zuria is one of the most critically food-insecure districts in Ethiopia. About 90 per cent of the population is dependent on rain-fed agriculture in the area, where drought is a perennial problem. The high altitude restricts the crops that can be grown, and farmers have been reduced to growing a single staple ­— barley. The majority of the area’s craggy, mountainous terrain is not suitable for agriculture, and soil degradation has…

Farming Aardappels in Alberta

For a country of its size, the Netherlands exports a surprising amount of agricultural products. In the case of the Hoogland family of Alberta, the country has also been known to export a few potato farmers, as well. Jacob Hoogland left his farm in the province of North Holland in the mid-1990s to see what opportunities there might be for a potato-farming family elsewhere. Holland is getting very expensive, he says, and…

Market News

January numbers for Canada’s storage holdings show the 2013 crop coming in just under the previous year, according to United Potato Growers of Canada figures listing the amount of potatoes in storage on Jan. 1, 2014 compared to the amount in storage on Jan. 1, 2013. The 17,663,000 hundredweight of potatoes in storage in Prince Edward Island at the end of 2013 represents a 1.5 per cent drop from 2012, while New…

Tuber Talk

Promoting Potatoes in New Zealand and South Africa

In the past two issues of Spud Smart, we focused on potato promotion initiatives developed by industry groups in the United Kingdom and the United States. We conclude our international potato marketing series with a look at some of the inventive promotional activities and strategies rolled out by potato industry organizations in New Zealand and South Africa. New Zealand Potatoes New Zealand is the official organization representing the 200 potato growers in…

Eye On The Nation

Canadian Potato Council By Joe Brennan, Chair Canadian Potato Council Canadian Agri-Science Cluster for Horticulture 2 The Canadian potato industry has received a commitment from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada of more than $4.7 million in funding under the Growing Forward 2 program. This funding is part of the government’s ongoing agri-science cluster project and will be combined with grower and industry contributions of approximately $2.2 million to fund potato research over the…

Keeping Soil Where It Belongs

Ongoing research being conducted in New Brunswick promises to give potato farmers valuable insight into the effectiveness of the best management practices in use to combat soil erosion. The study, being carried out near Fredericton, N.B., by staff at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Potato Research Centre, is examining how the movement of water off farm fields in New Brunswick’s Black Brook watershed produces channels and gullies, accelerating soil erosion and nutrient losses…

A Rousing Success

The Potato Growers of Alberta hosted its 47th annual conference at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary from Nov. 19 to 21. Mother Nature made it challenging for travel; however, 288 delegates braved the elements and managed to attend. The keynote speaker, Mark Lynas, was sponsored by ATB Financial and the PGA. Lynas is a world-renowned speaker and an expert on climate change, biotechnology and nuclear power, whose presentation Sustainable Agriculture:…

BMPs for Seed Potato Treatment

Seed treatments provide insurance for potato growers to help protect their investment until the first seedlings emerge. These days, farmers can choose from a growing number of insect and disease control products for seed potatoes, as well as strategies for getting the best results for their seed treatment programs. Spud Smart magazine is ushering in 2014 with the addition of ROUNDTABLE, a new special series in which we ask growers from different regions…

Leading the way in Potato Research

Potato growers could soon have some additional tools in their relentless battle against in-season pests and disease, thanks to a comprehensive new research project being co-ordinated by the Canadian Potato Council. The five-year project is being funded by potato producers, industry partners and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Growing Forward 2 program through the Canadian Horticultural Council’s Canadian Agri-Science Cluster for Horticulture 2. As part of the agri-science cluster project, researchers from across…

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