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Potato Association of America 2020 Meeting Going Virtual

After previously cancelling the in-person meeting which was to be held in Missoula, Mont., the Potato Association of America (PAA) will be holding its annual meeting virtually on July 20 to 22, the PAA website says. The virtual meeting is a “scaled-down” version and will cost a flat rate of US$50. Graduate student registration is complimentary and sponsored by IDAHO 2018 LAC. The meeting will feature a mix of research and grower orientated…

Portage Potato Festival Cancelled 2020

Portage Potato Festival Cancelled

The Portage Potato Festival Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Portage Potato Festival due to the ongoing pandemic, the organization says in a Facebook post. “It was a difficult decision but with the directive through the provincial government regarding large gatherings not being permitted until at least September 2020 and with everyone’s safety in mind, we had no choice,” the post says. The festival was scheduled to take place on Aug…

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Potato Association of America 2020 In Person Meeting Cancelled

The organizing committee along with the Potato Association of America (PAA) have decided to cancel their 2020 in person meeting due to the ongoing global pandemic, Angela Richardson, PAA administrator, says in an email. PAA is currently surveying its membership about hosting a virtual conference instead. The 104th annual meeting was scheduled to take place in Missoula, Mont. from July 19 to 23. PAA is still planing on preceding with the 2021 in…

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Alliston Potato Festival Cancelled

The annual Alliston Potato Festival, which was set to be held on Aug. 7-9, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced on their website. The festival was set to celebrate its 47th year. It is held every year in the southern Ontario community of Alliston. It attracts thousands to the town each year and is a staple of the town’s local economy. Festival organizers plan to hold the event…

Potahto Week 2020

Fionn’s Winnipeg Crowned 2020 Potahto Week Champ

Fionn’s Winnipeg was voted by Winnipeggers as the Potahto Week 2020 champion, beating out a record 117 other restaurants during the two-week contest, Peak of the Market says in a release. Fionn’s winning creation was called rover bites. It featured stuffed bits of buttermilk mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, jalepenos, red peppers and red onions, which were then fried golden brown and served with a sweet chilli sauce. The contest ran from Feb….

WPC Announces Webinar with Hein Kruyt on Hybrid Breeding and Hybrid True Potato Seeds

The World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC) has announced its second webinar in its 2020 series featuring Hein Kruyt, Solynta’s CEO, on February 20, 2020. The webinar is titled, “What’s all this talk about hybrid breeding and hybrid true potato seeds (HTPS) revolutionizing the potato industry?” Hein Kruyt, CEO of Solynta and the frontrunner in Hybrid True Potato Seeds (HTPS), will give an introduction into HTPS  as well as the exciting opportunity to…

Advancing Women Conference 2020

Join us at Advancing Women Conference March 23 & 24, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary.  If you are looking to: • make connections with businesses that add value to your operation, • find a coach or mentor to help you deal with day-to-day issues, succession planning and financing, • learn from real-world role models that will provide you with leadership tips and tools to succeed in today’s marketplace, • build your…

Potahto Week 2020


From February 21 through March 1, 2020, Winnipeg’s top restaurants will dish up unique and delicious dishes starring the potahto. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime-chance to taste potahto dishes exclusive to the Peak of the Market event. Winnipeg restaurants, such as Deer + Almond, Fionns, Fusion Grill, Saucers and the Frenchway (to name a few), will serve unique dishes made with locally-grown potahtoes. Visit for a list of participating restaurants. At the end…

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2020 Ontario Potato Conference

The 2020 Ontario Potato Conference will be held at the Delta Hotel Guelph Conference Centre on Thursday, March 5, 2020. The conference program will include interesting topics, such as: ●Tips for successful crop emergence ●Enhancing soil health ●Declining yields and what to do about it ●Rethinking the use of potato fungicides ●Fighting the Colorado Potato Beetle with a shrinking insecticide tool box ●Soil compaction: Innovative strategies to reduce this yield robber ●2019…

 McCain Foods Announces 2018 Top Potato Growers at Annual Manitoba Awards Banquet 

McCain Foods (Canada) announced A&M Farm Ventures Ltd. as the 2018 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for Manitoba at the annual McCain Manitoba Growers’ Appreciation Banquet held last month, an annual tradition made even more special during the 40th anniversary of the Portage la Prairie facility in 2019.  Approximately 150 guests, including executives from McCain Foods gathered to celebrate the top Manitoba growers. Representatives from A&M Farm Ventures (Tom, Lisa, John and…

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