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P.E.I. Potatoes Donated to Hurricane Maria victims

The Government of Prince Edward Island and the P.E.I. potato industry are teaming up to provide a tractor trailer load of fresh potatoes to those affected by a hurricane in the United States. A truck carrying over 42,000 pounds of fresh potatoes left P.E.I. yesterday en route to help feed those in need in Puerto Rico as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. The load will be received at…

Youth Ag-Summit kicks off in Brussels

Brussels, October 9, 2017 – Today marks the kick-off of the 3rd edition of the Youth Ag-Summit, with 100 bright young talents from around the world arriving in Brussels, Belgium, to tackle one of humanity’s biggest challenges: how to feed a growing population in a more sustainable manner. Organized by Bayer, together with the two Belgian young farmers associations Groene Kring (GK) and Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs (FJA), the summit aims to…

Swansfleet Alliance Celebrates 40 Years

Manitoba’s Swansfleet Alliance is marking its 40th year of producing seed potatoes this year. Its founder, Dutch immigrant Henk Jonk, came to Canada in 1954 and eventually settled in the Swan Lake area of the province to farm. He began growing seed potatoes in 1976, and today his sons and grandchildren carry on the proud family tradition of providing high-quality seed to potato producers in Manitoba. One of Henk’s grandsons, Russell Jonk,…

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…

Les Fermes LP Thériault & Fils Champion Grower for McCain

Les Fermes LP Thériault & Fils of Drummond was named the 2016-2017 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Grand Falls during the 43rd annual McCain Growers’ Banquet held Aug. 22 at Centre E.& P. Sénéchal. Almost 200 guests gathered to celebrate the top growers and their achievements. Allison McCain, Chairman of McCain Foods Limited, Shai Altman, President, McCain Foods Canada and Christine Wentworth, VP Agriculture NA extended personal congratulations to Les Fermes LP…

Lakeside Farms is Champion Grower for McCain

Lakeside Farms Ltd. of Greenfield, N.B., was named the 2016-2017 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Florenceville-Bristol, N.B. during the 44th Annual McCain Growers’ Banquet held Aug. 23 at the Northern Carleton Civic Centre. Almost 200 guests gathered to celebrate the top growers and their achievements. Allison McCain, Chairman of McCain Foods Limited, Shai Altman, President, McCain Foods Canada and Christine Wentworth, VP Agriculture NA extended personal congratulations to Lakeside Farms and all…

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…

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…

Google Doodle celebrates Potato Processing Pioneer Eva Ekeblad

Google often amends its “doodle” to recognize or celebrate a current or past event. And so it was on July 10 when Google celebrated the Swedish Potato Processing Pioneer Eva Ekeblad (1724-86) on the 293rd anniversary of her birth, by designing its doodle to recognize the potato. The future potato specialist was born as Eva De La Gardie on July 10, 1724. She was the daughter of statesman Count Magnus Julius De…

Spud Smart Founder Joins Ag Hall of Fame

Spud Smart founder Robynne Anderson will join the prestigious Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2017. “I am personally thrilled that more Canadian women are being recognized this year for their extraordinary accomplishments in the Canadian agriculture industry,” says Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association president Herb McLane. Anderson began her long and distinguished career in Canadian agriculture as a legislative assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, working on the new Plant…

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