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From potatoes to pot: former Spudco facility to grow marijuana

Some new life is being breathed into a massive potato facility once owned by the Saskatchewan government. In the 1990s, the provincial government spent millions of dollars trying to develop the provincial potato industry before abandoning the plan completely. Now, Vancouver-based United Greeneries plans to open a marijuana facility in a massive 60,000 square foot facility once owned by Spudco in Lucky Lake, roughly 130 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon. READ MORE  

A better potato makes a better french fry

The potato industry will have plenty of choices when Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada hosts the annual potato selection event on February 14 at the Fredericton Research and Development Centre. The annual potato selection release open house will also be held jointly in Guelph, Ont. and Lethbridge, Alta. on the same day. Fifteen selections from the potato breeding program are available for trial, offering growers a wide range of promising new potatoes. There…

Ontario Potato Conference

The 2018 Ontario Potato Conference & Trade Show will be held on March 6 at the Delta Hotel and Conference Center in Guelph. Topics include achieving high seed performance, the latest in common scab control, controlling volunteer potatoes and much more. There will be a poster session and a reception immediately after the Conference. Plan to stay and enjoy delicious potato snacks. Deadline for the early registration fee of $50 is February…

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…

We Must Do More About Mental Health

An important new initiative to get people in the agriculture community talking about mental health was launched this week. The Do More Agriculture Foundation — a not-for-profit whose mission is to create a culture in ag where all producers are encouraged/empowered/supported to take care of their mental wellbeing — officially launched at the FarmTech conference in Edmonton on Jan. 30. Do More Ag co-founder and farmer Kim Keller says this week’s launch…

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…

International Potato Technology Expo Feb. 23-24, 2018

The International Potato Technology Expo goes Feb. 23-24, 2018, in Charlottetown, P.E.I. This show is the event of choice for potato growers from across the Maritimes and beyond – along with the leading equipment and product manufactures. If you’re involved in any aspect of the potato industry, you won’t want to miss it. Visit the website for more information.    

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…

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…

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