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U.S. Fall Potato Production 2017 Down Two Per Cent

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates the United States fall potato potato production for 2017 at 399 million cwt, down two per cent from last year. The area harvested, at 900,600 acres, is down one per cent from the previous year. The average yield forecast, at 443 cwt per acre, is down 4 cwt (-0.9 per cent) from last year’s record high yield. In Idaho, growers reported some flooding and cool…

S-Scan Farms McCain Champion Grower in Alberta

S-Scan Farms of Scandia, Alta. was named the McCain 2016 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for the McCain Coaldale plant during the annual Growers’ Appreciation Banquet held at the Coast Hotel in Lethbridge. Stan and Stuart Kanagawa accepted the Champion Grower Award for S-Scan Farms. They have been in the top 10 line-up a total of eight times. The growers who qualified for the top 10 roster, in order of final standings,…

Company wins appeal in dispute over shipped potatoes

A company involved in shipping seed potatoes from P.E.I. to Venezuela has successfully appealed a court order to pay more than $79,000. In a recent decision, two of three P.E.I. Court of Appeal judges agreed to vacate a summary judgment order for HZPC Americas Corporation to pay Havenlee Farms Inc. of Summerside, P.E.I. READ MORE

Canadian produce industry urges parliamentarians to consider important trade and health issues

November 9, 2018, Ottawa — On November 7 and 8, industry leaders representing the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) met with over 50 Parliamentarians and civil servants in Ottawa to discuss key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector. Notably, CPMA and CHC representatives addressed the need for continued free and fair trade agreements with new and emerging markets to support industry, and…

What Does It Take to Grow a Quality Potato?

The P.E.I. potato industry has released a 30-second commercial highlighting the industry. According to a news release from the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, the province’s farmers are “proud of what they do, and want to showcase the positive work being done in the industry and share that with our friends and neighbours here on P.E.I. and beyond.” The project was filmed over the summer and early fall on different farms and…

Cavendish Farms Officially Opens New Potato Storage Facility

Cavendish Farms officially opened its new state-of-the-art potato storage facility in New Annan, Prince Edward Island, on Oct. 23. Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture for the Government of Canada joined Cavendish Farms President Robert K. Irving to cut the ceremonial ribbon. “This investment in our Prince Edward Island operation will allow us to ensure a quality supply of potatoes year round,” said Irving. “This will allow us…

McCain Foods Production Line Expansion in Florenceville-Bristol Now Open

McCain Foods (Canada) has officially opened its new $65M state-of-the-art potato specialty production line, expanding the company’s flagship potato processing facility in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick. The new 35,000 square foot McCain Foods potato specialty production line addition represents the largest capacity expansion investment in Canada in nearly 10 years.  According to a company news release, the investment is reflective of the continued growth of the North American frozen potato and potato specialty…

Alberta Seed Potato Trade Mission to Thailand

Alberta seed potato companies are invited to participate in a market development mission to Thailand from November 19-27, 2017. The mission will include stops in Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, Thailand to meet with importers, distributors and potential customers as well as touring local potato farm operations. “This mission will profile Alberta as a reliable producer of high quality, low virus seed potatoes,” says Rachel Luo, senior trade and relations officer,…

Cuban Delegation Visits Seed Potato Companies in Quebec

A Cuban delegation visited the main seed potato companies in Quebec in early August, organized by Progest 2001 Inc. The Cuban delegation was headed by the National Director of Crops and also included the National Director of Seeds and the Potato Director of the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences (INCA). They visited seed production fields, different types of mini-tuber production and in-vitro laboratory facilities. Furthermore they held several meetings with seed growers…

Northern Bengal potato sector under trouble

Just before the onset of farming season immediately after monsoon, potato farmers in northern West Bengal are now exposed to a critical scenario of seed potato. “Potato in West Bengal had always remained dependent on seed imported from UP or Punjab. But the choice turned towards seed from neighbouring country Bhutan couple of years back,” said A. Choudhury DEAN, North Bengal Agriculture University. According to the farmers, the shift took place mainly…

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