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Cavendish Farms P.E.I. getting major storage upgrades

Potato processor Cavendish Farms is investing in major potato storage upgrades at its New Annan,P.E.I. facility. The company is constructing two new buildings to store potatoes. According to Jubs Bristow, vice-president of agriculture with Cavendish Farms, the new buildings will be able to hold 48 million pounds of potatoes. Bristow said the buildings under construction are meant to replace six outdated ones, which are 50 to 60 years old and poorly insulated….

Global Biotechnology Leaders to Unite in Winnipeg

This September, the bioscience world is coming together in Winnipeg with one mission: feeding nine billion people on our current agricultural footprint – through innovation and collaboration. Solutions Start Here, the 2017 ABIC conference, takes place September 25th to 28th at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Man. ABIC, the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference, is the premier global meeting that promotes innovation in bioscience for sustainable food, feed, fibre and fuel security…

2017 Ontario Potato Field Day

The Ontario Potato Field Day will be held on Thursday, August 17 at the Alliston HJV Equipment location. This is an excellent opportunity for growers to see what is new in potato equipment, to have a look at new varieties and to exchange information.  In addition, a trade show will feature new potato technology to enhance production practices. For more information, contact Eugenia Banks at eugeniabanks@onpotato.ca.  

Fading rain prospects worry P.E.I. potato farmers

Following a dry June and what is turning into an even drier July, P.E.I. farmers are beginning to get concerned about the impact on the potato crop. “As the days and now weeks start to go by in July we haven’t had any additional rainfall,” said P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald. “On top of that [we] have had above normal temperatures, so concern that it’s going to have an impact…

McCain invests in Coaldale, Alta. plant expansion

McCain Foods Limited is expanding its capacity at its plant in Coaldale, Alta. According to a news release, the investment will bring additional production capacity to the french fry manufacturing facility, helping to meet continued strong demand for McCain products in the company’s domestic and international markets. Built in 2000, Coaldale is a key plant within the McCain North American supply network and today employs over 200 workers and draws its supply…

Precision application of nitrogen in potato farming using drones

Researchers at Wageningen University & Research are testing the use of drones to measure nitrogen needs in potato crops. The “Toward precision agriculture 2.0” research program includes a group of potato farmers carrying out test runs with sensor observations by drones. The drone images show exactly where they should apply more or less nitrogen on their fields, allowing farmers to use the product more efficiently. “Dutch potato farmers apply an average of…

New Canadian Agricultural Partnership to Help Position Canada as a Leader in the Global Economy

Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture have reached agreement on the key elements of a new federal, provincial, territorial (FPT) agricultural policy framework during the annual meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, from July 19-21. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment, will come into effect on April 1, 2018.  It will strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, ensuring continued…

Greek “potato island” breaks Guinness World Record for biggest batch of fries

It took more than 1,500 kg of raw Naxos potatoes, 22 huge cauldrons, the hard work of 40 volunteers and the determination of a whole island, but in the end Naxos won the bet. “We have broken the Guinness World Record. Greece is celebrating,” announced Dimitris Kapounis, president of the island’s agricultural cooperatives union on Saturday. The electronic scale that weighed the fried potatoes read 554 kg, which is 100 kg more…

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The U.S. wants to export its potatoes to Mexico

U.S. potato producers began lobbying for Mexico to effectively open its doors to U.S. exports in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “United States potato farmers are supporting the renegotiation of NAFTA to address this matter and related sanitary and phytosanitary issues,” according to a report by the U.S. Congress. The United States is the world’s seventh largest exporter of potatoes in the world, with sales of $…

Japan’s potato supply is recovering as production returns to normal

Japan’s potato supply is rebounding — with wholesale and retail prices falling — thanks to solid shipments from secondary producing regions starting in the spring. Potato stocks are 20 per cent higher on the year at Tokyo’s Ota market. Shipments began arriving in April from prefectures such as Shizuoka in Japan’s main island and Nagasaki in the country’s south, areas that experienced solid harvests due to favourable weather this spring. “There isn’t…

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