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PotatoEurope 2018: The Potato Industry – Potential and Challenges

In Germany, potato cultivation takes place on more than 29,000 farms with a combined area of about 250,000 hectares. The total includes approximately 20,000 small producers with less than five hectares of potato cultivation, with the remaining 9,000 farms growing larger areas of the crop. On average, Germany producers 10 to 11 million tonnes of potatoes annually, making it the largest potato producer in the European Union (EU). This sector generates an…

World Potato Congress Announces 2018 Industry Winners

An Industry Award Ceremony was held to recognize three individuals who have devoted their life’s work to the potato industry, during the 10th World Potato Congress in Cusco, Peru. The three Industry Award winners are: Dr. Anton J. Haverkort, The Netherlands, ING. Alberto Salas Lopez, Peru and Dr. Gary Secor, United States of America. Dr. Haverkort was raised on a basic seed potato farm in The Netherlands. He completed his MSc at…

Potato experts from around the globe gather in Cusco, Peru

More than 800 potato scientists, industry representatives, government officials and other interested parties from 50 countries have gathered in the Andean city of Cusco, Peru for the 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the 28th Congress of the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP), held from May 27 to 31. The event, which includes ample participation by scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP), has raised the potato’s profile in Peru and beyond…

Ireland to Host WPC 2021

No other European nation has a more special relationship with the potato than Ireland. So, it is only fitting that the 11th World Potato Congress will be held in Dublin, Ireland, May 24-27, 2021. The congress will be hosted by the Irish Potato Federation, with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Bord Bia (Irish Food Board), Fáilte Ireland (Irish Tourist Board) and Teagasc. It will truly be…

2018 Ontario Potato Scout School

The 2018 Potato Scout Training Day will be held Monday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Guelph (Scottsdale Drive). On the agenda: Introduction to Potato IPM Potato Scouting Guidelines Diseases Insects Weeds Other Problems Scouting manuals and handouts will be provided. Register by email with Eugenia Banks.  

10th World Potato Congress

The 10th World Potato Congress goes May 27-31 in Cusco, Peru, the first time the Congress will be held in South America. The 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the XXVIII Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) Congress is the industry’s most important scientific event worldwide. It is an excellent showcase to promote the sustainable use of potato biodiversity (with a focus on native varieties), including how to differentiate it on the market…

Potato Expo Innovation Hub 2019 Open And Accepting Submissions

Following a highly successful launch at the Potato Expo 2018, the Potato Expo Innovation Hub is now open and accepting abstract submissions for the Potato Expo 2019, the largest convention and trade show for the potato industry drawing more than 2,000 attendees and over 180 exhibiting companies. Potato Expo takes place January 9-10, 2019 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Located on the Trade Show floor, the Potato Expo Innovation Hub will…

WEBINAR: REMOTE SENSING FOR POTATO PRODUCTION

What is remote sensing, and how can we use it in today’s potato production systems? In this FREE webinar, on Wednesday, May 16, participants will learn about: Types of remote sensing equipment Remote sensing to assist with agronomic decisions Remote sensing in storage Remote sensing and variable rate nitrogen Presenters: Anne Smith, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. Her area of…

Europatat 2018 Congress

Europatat is the European Potato Trade Association. It gathers national associations and companies involved in the trade of seed potatoes and ware potatoes from all over Europe. Initially set up in 1952 by national associations to protect the interests of the wholesale potato merchants, its membership now counts over 30 associations and companies. In order to create a meeting for all potato professionals on the edge of a new potato season, Europatat…

Peru Prepares to Host World Potato Congress

More than 800 delegates are expected to attend the 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) May 27 to 31 in Cusco, the historic city in southwestern Peru that was once capital of the Inca Empire. The event, which will showcase the origins of the potato in the South America’s Andean region, is being held in Latin America for the first time. “I think it will be such a unique and different experience for…

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