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Researchers Shine a Light into the Mechanisms of Potato Late Blight Infection

Scientists at the James Hutton Institute, in collaboration with colleagues of the University of Dundee, Huazhong Agricultural University, Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (both China) and Wageningen University (Netherlands), have shed further light into the mechanisms through which the potato blight pathogen interacts with plant cells to promote disease. Late blight played a major role in the historical Irish potato famine, and is still a huge problem for farmers today, causing massive…

The Do More Agriculture Foundation Launches First Awareness Campaign — “It Starts with Me”

Saskatchewan—The Do More Agriculture Foundation, a not-for-profit championing mental health in agriculture, launched its first awareness campaign called “It Starts with Me.” The campaign highlights that changing the narrative around mental health starts with each of us personally. The campaign aims to: reduce stigmas, understand that each of us plays a role, and inspire those in agriculture to take care of their mental well-being. “We each can promote change by making small…

Canada Joins Global Partners in Support of Agriculture Innovation and Trade

November 02, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada The Government of Canada recognizes that Canadian innovation has helped make our country a leader in producing safe, high quality products and we are committed to fostering innovation in the agricultural sector – here in Canada and beyond. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, is pleased that Canada has joined Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras,…

Senninger Welcomes Adam Skolnik as Vice-President of Global Sales

CLERMONT, Fla. – October 31, 2018 – Senninger Irrigation is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Skolnik as vice-president of global sales. Skolnik rejoins the Senninger team, as we deepen our commitment to increase our market presence and expand our resources to the agricultural irrigation markets we serve. Skolnik is a former president of the Irrigation Association and brings more than 40 years of irrigation experience to the Senninger/Hunter Industries family…

Revolutionizing with CRISPR

By Alex Martin There are plenty of buzzwords surrounding the seed industry in 2018 — GMOs, gene-editing, organic and, of course, CRISPR. While we know a lot surrounding the debate of GMOs versus organic and whether or not GMOs and gene-editing overlap, one gene-editing technology still seems a mystery. So, what exactly is CRISPR-Cas9, and why does it matter to the seed industry? CRISPR is a genome editing system that could benefit…

Potato Breeding: A European Approach, Part I

Of the top 10 food crops in the world, potato comes third, and is the No. 1 non-grain food product. Originally grown in the Andes, the Spanish introduced the potato to Europe in the 16th century, and, after a bumpy start, potatoes have been a very popular food source over the past two centuries. The potato is a healthy, low-calorie, high-fibre food that offers significant protection from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Additionally,…

Cavendish Farms Installs TOMRA’s Eco Steam Peelers in its New Production Facility in Lethbridge, Alta.

Cavendish Farms, one of the largest processors of frozen potato products in North America, is equipping its new, state-of-the-art production facility in Lethbridge, Alta., with TOMRA’s Eco steam peelers. Cavendish Farms is committed to sustaining the environment and operates at the highest standards to protect the environment. “We are continuously looking for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our processing efficiency. To equip our new, state-of-the-art production facility in…

New Genetic Tool May Help Breeders Develop Disease-Resilient Potatoes

An improved technique for capturing DNA in crops may give plant breeders huge advantages when it comes to developing varieties that are more resilient to pests and diseases. The technique, known as diagnostic resistance gene enrichment sequencing (dRenSeq), enables the high-confidence identification and complete sequence validation of functional resistance genes. More robust and cost-effective than whole-genome sequencing in potato cultivars, dRenSeq is the product of an international collaboration between the James Hutton Institute, Wageningen University (Netherlands), the…

Egypt’s Police Step in to Combat Potato Shortage

CAIRO—Egypt’s police are stepping in to fight a potato shortage that has caused prices for the staple to soar beyond the reach of many at a time when Egyptians are struggling with steadily rising food costs. Pro-government newspapers and TV stations have been publicizing raids on warehouses where authorities say businessmen are hoarding potatoes to try to drive up prices. The raids have showcased the lengths to which authorities are willing to…

Eye On The Nation

MANITOBA  Dan Sawatzky, General Manager, Keystone Potato Producers Association  Heat and lack of rainfall highlight the growing conditions for Manitoba this season. Above 30 C days were double the normal, which will have some effect on yield and quality. 2011 was the most recent year where we experienced similar heat, which resulted in significant yield losses.  Dry conditions were carried over from last fall and winter, where little precipitation fell. This summer’s…

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