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Spud-based research taking root at University of Lethbridge

Lab-based research gets underway Jan. 16 at the University of Lethbridge for the school’s new research chair in potato science. Dmytro Yevtushenk​o is a plant biologist who has studied potatoes for more than 25 years. He took up the new research chair position last January. “It’s a pleasure to work with potatoes. There’s so much information out there about potatoes,” said Yevtushenk​o. His first year was spent crafting new courses that will train the…

Oz farmer serves up potato ice cream

Forget mashed, baked or fried — potato ice cream is just one of the recipes whipped up from the country kitchen of Australian spud growers Phil and Val Murphy. For more than a century, the rolling plains of rich, red earth in the heart of Gippsland, Victoria, have been prime spud-growing territory. Tons of potatoes are trucked out during harvest time from January to June and served up to shops and supermarkets…

U.S. Potato Growers Select 2017 National Potato Council Leadership

At the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2017 annual meeting Jan. 6-7 in San Francisco, Dwayne Weyers of Aspen Produce, LLC, in Center, Colorado, was elected to serve as NPC’s 2017 president and to lead the council’s executive committee. As president, Weyers will host the 2017 NPC summer meeting in Denver. The executive committee holds office for one calendar year. NPC delegates approved Daniel Chin of Klamath Falls, Oregon, as the new vice-president…

Mark Klompien new CEO at UPGA

United Potato Growers of America has chosen Mark Klompien as the organization’s next president and chief executive officer, replacing Jerry Wright. “We are excited to have Mark on board to lead UPGA and continue on the solid foundation laid by Jerry Wright,” said Chairman Ellithorpe. Before joining UPGA, Klompien served for four and half years as president of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association, and prior to his time there, he was the…

WOORDMAN FARMS NAMED CHAMPION GROWER

Woordman Farms of Taber, Alta., was named the 2015-2016 McCain Champion Potato Grower for the McCain Coaldale plant during the 17th Annual McCain Growers’ Banquet held recently at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre. About 140 guests gathered to celebrate the top growers and their achievements. Shai Altman, President, McCain Foods Canada and Dale McCarthy, vice-president, Integrated Supply Chain NA were on hand to extend personal congratulations to Woordman Farms and all…

Thai deputy governor up in arms against potato farming

The deputy governor of Phetchabun province has stepped up his campaign against potato contract farming in Thailand, urging consumers not to buy chips from the producer. In the post, he referred to the report and expressed concerns about its impacts on the environment and how the company takes advantage of farmers. “Finally they show their faces. They’re going full-steam with monoculture — a green revolution theory which poisons the land, water and…

TaterGrams: New Alberta company lets you mail personalized potatoes

When a simple greeting card just can’t convey your message, maybe tubers can do the trick. A new Alberta company lets you send greetings to your loved ones, or your enemies, by posting a potato in the mail. TaterGrams Canada deliveries are for those occasions when a postcard or package just won’t suffice, says company founder Wayne Rempel. “I’m sure you get cards from people, whether it’s your birthday or anniversary, and when…

New potato researcher at Colorado State University

An expert in potato pathogens is the new head of Colorado State University’s Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, or BSPM, housed in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Amy Charkowski spent more than 15 years as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and served as a resource for that state’s potato industry before coming to CSU. Charkowski’s research has provided significant insights into enhancing disease resistance in potato breeding. She…

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show Sept. 13-15, 2016

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show is the place “Where Farmers Meet” to see the latest innovations in agriculture from over 750 exhibitors. The show offers “one-stop shopping” for farmers and highlights the most innovative and technologically advanced agricultural products and services available. Each year, more than 42,000 farmers attend Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Beyond the thousands of Ontario farmers that visit, attendees also come from across Canada, the United States, Europe, South America…

‘Holy potato’ found at Quebec seniors’ residence

A cook was cutting potatoes at a Quebec seniors’ residence when he decided to slice one lengthwise instead of across, as he usually did. What he saw inside is being called a sign of a divine presence in the building. “He saw it was a cross and he said, ‘It’s a sign,’” said Émilien Morin, president of the residents’ committee at Le Mieux Vivre Residence in Grande-Rivière. “He thought it meant ‘I’m here’ — a religious…

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