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Potato growers make their own chips to fight the big boys

More and more often, potato growers are choosing not to take their products to large processors, because they do their own processing. Besides producing, more and more growers also process their own chips. They’re changing direction because of various causes, and they enter the processing industry increasingly often. Not an easy start One of the companies that chose to do things completely differently is Landlust Frites from Moerkapelle, in the Netherlands. Derreck…

PEI Potato Board Elects New Executive

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 4th Board of Directors meeting. Darryl Wallace of Cascumpec was elected as the new Chairman of the Board.  Darryl and his family own and operate Wallace Family Farms. Darryl represents the processing sector for the West Prince District on the Board. The new Vice-Chairman of the Board is Jason Hayden of Pownal. Jason and his family…

New GM at World Potato Congress Inc.

Effective Dec. 1, 2017, Brian Douglas of Charlottetown, P.E.I. is the new general manager of the World Potato Congress Inc. Douglas replaces John Coady, who has served as general manager for the past 10 years. Coady says he is retiring. “I have had the honour of serving for 10 years as general manager and have enjoyed each and every day working with the board of directors, international advisors and the many, many…

S-Scan Farms McCain Champion Grower in Alberta

S-Scan Farms of Scandia, Alta. was named the McCain 2016 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for the McCain Coaldale plant during the annual Growers’ Appreciation Banquet held at the Coast Hotel in Lethbridge. Stan and Stuart Kanagawa accepted the Champion Grower Award for S-Scan Farms. They have been in the top 10 line-up a total of eight times. The growers who qualified for the top 10 roster, in order of final standings,…

McCain Foods Recognizes Fiskel Farms as Champion Grower

Fiskel Farms of Carberry, Man. was named the McCain 2016 crop year champion potato grower for the McCain Manitoba plants during the annual Growers’ Appreciation Banquet held at Canad Inns in Portage la Prairie. Approximately 190 guests gathered to celebrate the top growers and their achievements. This is the second time Karen, Rick and son Derek Fiskel have achieved the champion grower award. Special guest Dan Sawatsky, Keystone Potato Producers Association manager,…

Experimental tuber could cut disease in developing nations

An experimental “golden” potato could hold the power to prevent disease and death in developing countries where residents rely heavily upon the starchy food for sustenance, new research suggests. A serving of the yellow-orange lab-engineered potato has the potential to provide as much as 42 per cent of a child’s recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 34 per cent of a child’s recommended intake of vitamin E, according to a recent…

Examining potatoes’ past could improve spuds of the future

The old adage of looking to the past to understand the future certainly applies to improving potatoes. Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. The study appears in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Robin Buell, Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Plant Biology…

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,…

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