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Potato Producers Have Eyes On The Future

For a century at least, potatoes have been one of our province’s staple crops. More recently, they’ve become a pillar of southern Alberta’s economy. And now university-based researchers are on hand for support, as producers prepare to grow the industry still further. With a major potato processing plant now under construction in Lethbridge, industry officials predict a jump of nearly 10,000 more acres put into potato crop rotation. On Friday, scientists at…

New Brunswick potato farmers named Atlantic’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers

Atlantic hospitality and camaraderie were on full display in Truro, N.S. on April 12-14 as fifth generation potato farmers, Robert Anderson and Jill Ebbett of East Glassville, N.B. have been named Atlantic’s Outstanding Young Farmers. Robert assumed management responsibilities of the farm in 2000 after returning from a year at college. The farm is known for its high quality Elite Seed Potatoes by customers internationally, and for its outstanding soybean and grain…

New Chairman at Potatoes USA

Dan Moss from Declo, Idaho, was sworn in as the new Chairman of Potatoes USA at the organization’s 2018 annual meeting, held March 12-15 in Denver, Colo. Moss is the CEO of Moss Ag and Arrowhead Potato Company, a company that focuses on the fresh potato sector. He will replace John Halverson. Other executive committee members include: Jaren Raybould, Saint Anthony, Idaho, and Phil Hickman, Horntown, Va, co-chairmen (Domestic Marketing Committee); Marty Myers,…

U.S. student wins prize for blight solution

New York student Benjamin “Benjy” Firester has won one of the United States’ top young science prizes for his research on the devastating microorganism which caused the Irish Potato Famine, devising a computer model that could prevent it causing billions of dollars in lost crops every year. The 18-year-old senior at Hunter College High School beat 1,800 students in the race to the $250,000 first prize at the Regeneron Science Talent Search,…

Nurturing Deep Roots in Sustainability

The VanderZaag family has been growing potatoes for generations, initially in the Netherlands, and then immigrating to Alliston, Ont. For founder of Sunrise Potato Storage Ltd., Peter VanderZaag, it is not just about producing a marketable crop but returning life to the depleted soils around the world. Today, the family farm consists of over 1,000 acres of potatoes, and a state-of-the-art storage facility that can hold 400,000 cwt (18,000 tonnes) of potatoes….

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…

Spudnik celebrates 60 years

It was the same year the Russian satellite Sputnik was launched into space that Spudnik Equipment Company launched itself into the potato equipment manufacturing business. It started in a potato cellar northwest of Blackfoot, Idaho (the potato capital of the world), by a group of men with the idea that loading potatoes should be less back breaking than the method they were using. Brothers Carl and Leo Hobbs designed and developed the…

Romain Cools New Head of World Potato Congress

Romain Cools of Belgium has been selected by the World Potato Congress (WPC) board of directors to be the organization’s fourth president and CEO since its inception in 1993. Cools assumed the leadership role on Jan. 1, taking over from David Thompson, the P.E.I. resident and long-time WPC board member who served as the organization’s top executive from 2012 to 2017. “This is the first time that we’ve gone outside of Canada for…

Swedish scientist makes dairy substitute from potatoes

If you go to any well-stocked supermarket you will find many milk options. You no longer need to choose between light, whole or skim milk – or any other varieties from cows. Plant-based products are growing in popularity. You can enjoy steaks or cheese made of soybeans. But milk alternatives on the shelves might be made of soy, almonds, coconuts, rice, cashews or oats. If that isn’t enough, make way for potato…

Ontario Potato Board names directors

The Ontario Potato Board named its new board at its annual general meeting on Dec. 6 in Cambridge, Ont. Glenn Squirrell returns as Ontario Potato Board chair for another year, while Harry Bradley returns as vice-chair. Squirrell also acts as chair of the fresh council. New board member is Brad Blizman, who will also act as second vice-chair of the fresh council. Shawn Brenn returns as fresh council first vice chair. On…

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