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Beattie’s Distillers adds Potato Gin to lineup

Beattie’s Distillers is adding a potato-based gin to their spirits lineup when they launched Farm Crafted Potato Gin on Friday June 22, 2018. The distillery notes this may be the first and only potato-based gin in Canada. Other ingredients used during distillation include juniper berries, coriander, and orange peel, among others. The release coincides with Beattie’s Summer Open House at their Alliston distillery  located at 6673 13th Line – which will also feature a…

Manitoba Grower Prizes Self-Reliance

Spud Plains Farms is one of the largest potato operations in Manitoba. The 15,000-acre farm includes about 4,500 acres of irrigated potatoes which are spread over out over 80 kilometres in the southwest area of the province. Owner Paul Adriaansen believes for an operation of his farm’s size, it pays to be self-sufficient. “We do as much as we can ourselves on our farm. We just purchased an aircraft last year, a…

New Report: Independent Crop Advisor Feedback

Stratus Ag Research recently released the 2018 Canadian Independent Crop Advisor Feedback Report. Designed to measure the expectations for and the effectiveness of seed and crop protection manufacturer engagements with independent crop advisors. The report is a road map for companies to engage with independent agronomists in a meaningful way. A few of the highlights from the report are included below: Independent crop advisors support companies with products that perform as promised;…

Market News

Canada’s potato storage holdings as of June 1 were up 3.1 per cent — or just over 575,000 hundredweight — from the year before, according to figures from the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC). The bulk of this increase is on the processing side, with total storage holdings in this category showing a year-to-year increase of 10.6 per cent. According to Kevin MacIsaac, UPGC general manager, this is a reflection of…

Pocket Diagnostic Expands In U.S. Market

Pocket Diagnostic announced the addition of another distributor of their plant disease rapid tests in the U.S. Pocket Diagnostic produces in-field results in a matter of minutes, which enables advisors, inspectors and growers alike to confirm the presence of a plant pathogen quickly, meaning the necessary protocol for dealing with a plant disease can begin faster than if a sample was sent to a lab for analysis. “We are pleased to add…

2018 Forecast Calls for Optimism

For most of the past decade, potato production in Canada has been relatively stagnant. The economic crash of 2008 reduced demand for Canadian spuds in some markets and the industry struggled to regain its lost footing. With the 2018 growing season well under way, there now seems to be a renewed sense of optimism among many Canadian potato growers. Preliminary estimates indicate a total of 353,000 acres will be planted in Canada…

Mexico Puts Tariffs on U.S. Frozen Potato Products in Response to Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

On June 5, the government of Mexico published a list of retaliatory tariffs in response to the Section 232 tariffs being imposed by the United States on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico. The list includes a number of agricultural products including frozen potato products. Effective immediately frozen potato products entering Mexico from the United States under Harmonized code 2004.1 will be assessed a 20 per cent tariff. Frozen potato products from…

US and Indonesia Sign Market Access Agreement for US Fresh Potatoes

On June 5, the United States and Indonesia reached a market access agreement that will allow U.S. fresh potatoes to be exported to Indonesia under a defined set of phytosanitary requirements. The agreement comes after four years of discussions and will include both U.S. chipping potatoes for further processing and table-stock potatoes for direct consumption. Potatoes produced in all U.S. states are included in the agreement. U.S. potato growers and exporters will need…

Potatoes: A Major Provider of Fibre and Vitamins to the UK Diet

In the UK, potatoes contribute 12% of the total fibre, 14% of the vitamin C and 13% of the vitamin B6 intake in adults. These figures, from Public Health England, marry well with the messages in BBC programme The truth about ‘carbs’ that aired on 6 June. The dietitian behind the show, Dr Alison Barnes, said it was about encouraging people to eat ‘smarter’ carbs. Dr Barnes said: “The aim was to…

Imagine a World Without Potatoes campaign launched

Despite the fact people have been eating potatoes since time immemorial, today consumption is stagnating in some countries because of changes in eating habits and misconceptions about potato’s nutritional qualities. But what few people know is that this familiar tuber, that is so taken for granted, may hold the key to food security for future generations. In years to come, farmers will be increasingly hard pressed to keep up with global demand…

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