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International Potato Expo Marks Successful Event in Charlottetown

The 2018 edition of the International Potato Technology Expo welcomed professionals from across North America back to the Eastlink Centre this past Friday and Saturday. The top industry event took Charlottetown by storm with an impressive display of equipment and products, alongside a sold-out educational conference. A total of 3,362 attendees walked the show floor to check out diverse exhibits from local, regional, national and international companies. Potato growers, together with the leading manufacturers of…

Agrico presents ‘the next generation of potatoes’ at Fruit Logistica in Berlin

Emmeloord, 9 February 2018 – Agrico was exhibiting at Fruit Logistica in Berlin from Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 February 2018. During this leading international trade fair, Agrico, together with its subsidiaries, showed its future orientated growth power. Many years of intensive breeding efforts have resulted in Agrico being the first company to offer a complete package of phytophthora resistant varieties. In addition to their extremely high resistance to late blight (Phytophthora…

Brexit: Jersey Royal potatoes ‘could be left rotting in fields’ due to lack of EU workers

The largest producer of Jersey Royal potatoes has warned crops may be left to rot in the fields because foreign workers have left ahead of Brexit. Polish workers – who had previously provided the majority of seasonal labour – have abandoned Jersey following the EU referendum, according to Charlie Gallichan of Woodside Farms, which grows and exports Jersey Royals, vegetables and flowers. Growers are “trying to keep their heads above water until they get reinforcements” from Africa and…

Reaping Rewards of Processing Plant Expansion

After years of stagnant growth, the potato processing industry in North America is on the rise. Numerous processors have expanded or opened plants in the last year or two in response to growing demand for french fries and other potato products. For instance, McCain Foods expanded its potato processing facilities in Idaho and New Brunswick in 2016, and growers in both areas are reaping the benefits. Blair Young, who grows 600 acres…

U.S. Potato Prices Strengthen

Tight supplies are pushing potato prices higher in the U.S., but those better prices probably won’t last long. “I think we are coming into a crunch time for potatoes,” said Bruce Huffaker with North American Potato Market News. That’s good news for potato growers who have seen relatively flat prices at near cost of production levels for the last five years. Many growers found themselves wondering what to plant last spring. While…

NEW DATE: United Potato Growers of Canada Partners Seminar

The 2018 United Potato Partners Seminar will be held at Red Shores, 21 Exhibition Drive, Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The United Potato Growers of Canada and the PEI Potato Board have developed an agenda that brings top-notch speakers and valuable information for farmers and other industry members. Topics will include NAFTA, carbon tax pricing, market updates and outlook, and changing potato consumption. There is no charge for the event. For…

Potatoes USA Creates Program to Fuel Athletic Performance

American potato marketing and research organization Potatoes USA has developed a new program in nutrition and athletic performance. Created in partnership with four experts, the program promotes 13 new recipes designed to encourage active consumers to power their performance with potatoes. The recipes are innovative and include potato soups, bread and even desserts. The new recipes were developed using the most recent compilation of nutrition recommendations for athletes published jointly by the…

Spudnik celebrates 60 years

It was the same year the Russian satellite Sputnik was launched into space that Spudnik Equipment Company launched itself into the potato equipment manufacturing business. It started in a potato cellar northwest of Blackfoot, Idaho (the potato capital of the world), by a group of men with the idea that loading potatoes should be less back breaking than the method they were using. Brothers Carl and Leo Hobbs designed and developed the…

Alberta Potato History Outlined in New Book

The history of the potato is a long and varied one. From the spud’s humble beginning in South America, to its current production throughout the world, potatoes are an integral part of almost every human being. One provincial association has decided to bring the history of the potato in its province closer to home. The Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) recently launched a book about the history of potatoes in Alberta. According…

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