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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…

Farm succession skips a generation

Knowing an opportunity when you see it is key to building a successful business, say two Prince Edward Island brothers. So are preparation and confidence in your skills. When the opening came to purchase their grandfather’s farm near Summerside and walk into a turn-key potato operation, Bryan and Kyle Maynard knew it was their chance. “When the opportunity came up, we were both excited to take this on,” 31-year-old Kyle says of…

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…

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