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Young Farmers Accentuate the Positive

Prince Edward Island potato growers Andrew and Heidi Lawless clearly know a thing or two about farming. They, along with Myron and Jill Krahn of Carman, Man., were named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2014, an award handed out annually to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession. Spud Smart caught up with Andrew Lawless on the morning of June 11, when he was planting his last 30…

A Year After

As of April 1, it will be one year since the Canadian Food Inspection Agency moved to expand the use of Alternative Service Delivery for the inspection of seed potato tuber shipments. The process to explore alternatives to the existing program was slow in 2014, but the Canadian potato industry is hopeful that significant progress will be made in 2015. The CFIA is working with industry stakeholders to identify an acceptable alternative…

Straight from the Field to the Store Shelves

Growing and selling fresh, local potatoes is the name of the game for Blair and Irene Lodder, who farm about 125 acres of potatoes in Grand Forks, B.C. “Today I dug potatoes and tomorrow the store will receive them,” Blair says. Lodder Potato Farms, which was started by Blair’s father, Tony, in 1956, trucks out potatoes daily to different grocery stores in the area, from Safeway and Loblaws to Quality Greens Farm…

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