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Potatoes USA Elects New Leadership

The Potatoes USA grower membership elected new leadership during its Annual Meeting held in Denver, CO, March 13-16. The Potatoes USA Executive Committee is comprised by the Chair, Immediate Past Chair, and the Co-Chairs of each committee. They will serve a one year term through Potatoes USA Annual Meeting to be held in March 2018. The marketing committees will work over the next 12 months to guide how the Potatoes USA staff…

Texas: Neonicotinoid insecticides losing efficiency in potato psyllid control

The Texas potato industry may be losing a mainstay in the battle against psyllids, according to a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Dr. Ada Szczepaniec, AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo, said while there may be varying degrees of resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides in populations of psyllids across Texas, her recent study indicates they’ve lost their punch. “We are able to provide strong evidence that these insecticides no longer suppress populations of…

Mesh Keeps Pests Off Potatoes: NZ research

In New Zealand, a team of Lincoln University researchers is impressed with the results from a trial of a mesh cover that is used to protect potato crops from insect pests. The effectiveness of the mesh at protecting potatoes from the tomato-potato psyllid (TPP) was tested in a trial at the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) field site at Lincoln. Future Farming Centre head Dr. Charles Merfield said the mesh was “incredibly…

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…

Potatoes CAN Grow on Mars

The International Potato Center (CIP) in Peru has successfully grown potatoes in a hermetically-sealed orbital environment that simulates conditions on Mars, indicating that it is possible to repeat the events of the 2015 film The Martian. The Phase Two effort of CIP’s proof of concept experiment to grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions began on Feb. 14, 2016 when a tuber was planted in a specially constructed CubeSat contained environment built by…

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…

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