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Innate Second Generation Potato Receives Canadian Clearance

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have completed the food, feed and environmental safety assessments of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate potatoes. The authorizations enable the potatoes to be imported, planted and sold in Canada, complementing the three varieties of Innate first generation potatoes that received regulatory approval last year. Health Canada conducted a comprehensive safety assessment and approved the use of Innate second generation potatoes…

McCain Foods Limited Announces Senior Leadership Succession Plan

McCain Foods Limited’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Max Koeune to the role of President and CEO effective November 1st, 2017. Koeune will succeed Dirk Van de Put, who is leaving the business after seven years in the role of President and CEO. His new role is CEO of Mondelēz International, Inc., a multinational confectionery, food and beverage company based in Illinois. Koeune will assume the role of…

New publications encourage Canadian honey bee health

The Bee Health Roundtable recently published two documents related to honey bee health: Canadian Best Management Practices for Honey Bee Health is a useful manual for those interested in bee keeping. It covers a wide variety of topics, such as hive management, pest disease treatments, queen health and bee nutrition. Planting Forage for Honey Bees in Canada is a guide that provides information for farmers, road, utility and land managers, and gardeners…

Alliston, Ont. potato farmer John O. MacKenzie honoured

There’s a new monument honouring the man whose innovations in potato farming helped make Alliston the spud capital of Ontario. A black stone bench complete with a potato etched in gold leaf now sits across from the grave of John Oliver MacKenzie at the Alliston Union Cemetery. The bench was paid for by his son, Bill MacKenzie, who is passionate about honouring Alliston’s potato pioneers. “I think he would be really proud…

Late Blight and Potato Psyllids Both Detected in North Dakota

North Dakota State University (NDSU) plant pathologist Dr. Gary Secor announced July 27 that late blight was confirmed in a potato sample from Pembina County in northeast North Dakota. Since then it has been determined the outbreak is more widespread with finds in Walsh and Nelson Counties as well. Conditions have been favourable for late blight spread and infection, and growers in these areas should apply a late blight specialty fungicide such…

Industry News

BUSINESS NEWS U.S. Importing More Potatoes U.S. volume of imports of dehydrated, fresh, frozen, chips and seed potatoes are up seven per cent from July 2016 to March 2017 compared to the same period the previous year.  The increase of 2.5 million hundredweight (cwt) fresh weight equivalent (fwe) was due to increases in all products except seed potatoes. The increase was led by fresh potatoes, which were up 17 per cent or 940,173 cwt….

World Review

KENYA Infestation of potatoes by the Potato cyst nematode (PCN), discovered in Kenya two years ago, has reached alarming levels. A survey done in 20 counties through support from United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) shows that PCN infestation has reached 80 per cent to 100 per cent in some of the potato growing areas. The study shows the future of potato production is bleak unless the government takes emergency measures…

Webinar: Soil Health

Potato production can disrupt the soil in a very aggressive way, but there are a number of agronomic measures farmers can follow to bolster soil health. In this FREE live webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT., we will talk about practices to help increase the soil’s capacity for potato production, including: Why organic matter is important for soil structure. How biodiversity in the soil can help suppress soil-borne disease and…

Ontario Potato Research Field Day

The Ontario Potato Board and the University of Guelph’s Plant Agriculture Department is hosting the 2017 Ontario Potato Research Field Day on August 16 at the Elora Research Station. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, hear about and see new potato varieties for Canadian producers and consumers, with the U of G’s Vanessa Currie; learn about Ontario-grown early potatoes with low glycemic impact, from the U of G’s Dr….

Cavendish Farms P.E.I. getting major storage upgrades

Potato processor Cavendish Farms is investing in major potato storage upgrades at its New Annan,P.E.I. facility. The company is constructing two new buildings to store potatoes. According to Jubs Bristow, vice-president of agriculture with Cavendish Farms, the new buildings will be able to hold 48 million pounds of potatoes. Bristow said the buildings under construction are meant to replace six outdated ones, which are 50 to 60 years old and poorly insulated….

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