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Canadian Plant Health Council Launched

Ottawa, Ont. – Collaboration between Canadian governments, industry, academia and other partners in plant health is essential to protect our resources from new and emerging risks, drive innovation and ensure that Canadian industry remains competitive and sustainable. Plant health partners in Canada are pleased to announce the establishment of the Canadian Plant Health Council – fulfilling a multi-partner commitment to collaboratively implement the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada. The Canadian…

Medium Term Outlook Projects Continued Growth for the Canadian Agricultural Sector

Ottawa, Ontario — Canadian farmers are leaders in producing safe, high-quality agricultural and food products for Canadians and people around the world. The sector is a major driver in creating good, middle-class jobs, and is one of Canada’s key growth industries. On Sept. 21, 2018, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada released its Medium Term Outlook (MTO), an economic projection of the domestic and international agricultural markets from 2017 to 2027. This year’s projections…

Alberta Farmers Fret Over Late-Summer Snowfalls that Delayed Harvest

Some Alberta farmers are concerned about their crops after a late-summer snowfall blanketed parts of the province, with more flurries expected in the forecast. Early season snow can squash crops that grow upright, like wheat and barley, make them harder to harvest and decimate their quality, leaving farmers with a less valuable product. Greg Sears has been growing canola, wheat, barley and peas just north of Grande Prairie, Alta., for about a…

New Zealand Potato Body to Ensure Quality Products Enter Fiji

New Zealand’s potato industry governing body has made a commitment to ensure the quality of potatoes imported from New Zealand by Fiji will be of top quality. Potatoes New Zealand (PNZ) says it wanted to see Fiji’s potato industry grow. Its chief executive, Chris Claridge, made the comments during the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji’s (BAF) bilateral meeting with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (NZMPI) in Nadi on Tuesday.PNZ was representing…

Late Blight Detected Near Alliston, Ont.

On August 18, results of spore trap filter analysis were positive for late blight for the Alliston, Ont., area, says Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board. Late blight was found in a field near Alliston on August 14, she says. “There was a delay of at least 10 days between plant infection and catching spores in the spore traps,” says Banks. “One of the reasons for this delay…

USDA: Potato Stocks Up 9 Per Cent From June 2017

The 13 major potato States held 59.0 million cwt of potatoes in storage June 1, 2018, up 9 per cent from June 1, 2017. Potatoes in storage accounted for 15 percent of the fall storage States’ 2017 production, 2 percentage points more than last year. Potato disappearance, at 341 million cwt, was down 3 percent from June 1, 2017. Season-to-date shrink and loss, at 23.4 million cwt, was 8 per cent lower…

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….

How This Filipino Entrepreneur Changed The French Fry Industry In His Country

  A Filipino entrepreneur’s idea more than two decades ago has evolved into a leading brand in the food industry with more than 500 branches in the Philippines, and around the world. Jose Magsaysay Jr., the current president of Potato Corner, is an entrepreneur of humble beginnings. He worked at Wendy’s as a dishwasher, eventually climbing his way up to become a district manager of Wendy’s before opening his first Potato Corner…

Little Potato Company opens U.S. processing facility

The Little Potato Company celebrated the official grand opening of its new U.S. processing facility in DeForest, near Madison, Wisconsin yesterday, July 27, 2017. The Company’s first U.S. facility employs 100 local people and represents over a $20 million investment. The new facility allows The Little Potato Company, which was founded just over 20 years ago, to ensure and expand the availability of its popular and unique Creamer potatoes throughout the U.S. Potatoes…

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