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PEI Potato Board Elects New Executive for 2018/19

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I., November 26, 2018—The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its November 21st Board of Directors meeting. The Board is pleased to announce that Jason Hayden has been elected to the Chair position.  Jason has been on the Potato Board for four years serving as the Tablestock Director for the Charlottetown District.  He farms with his family in Pownal where they grow and pack fresh…

McCain Foods Announces Top Growers for Manitoba at Annual Awards Banquet

Carberry, MB, November 14, 2018 – McCain Foods (Canada) announced Bailey Farms as 2017 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for the McCain Manitoba plants during the annual Growers’ Appreciation Banquet. Approximately 180 guests gathered to celebrate the Top Growers and their achievements and enjoy a celebratory evening together at the Carbery Memorial Hall in Carberry on November 7. Master of ceremonies for the evening was Bart Witherspoon, Field Department Manager, who announced…

McCain Foods Announces Top Growers for Alberta at Annual Awards Banquet

Coaldale, Alta., November 14, 2018 – McCain Foods (Canada) announced Stiekema-Kolhorn Joint Venture as 2017 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for Alberta during the annual Growers’ Appreciation Banquet. Approximately 140 guests gathered to celebrate the Top Growers and their achievements and enjoy a celebratory evening together at the Lethbridge Coast Inn on November 8. Master of ceremonies for the evening was Jeremy Carter, Field Department Manager, while Colin McLean, Field Representative, announced…

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…

Potato Producers Have Eyes On The Future

For a century at least, potatoes have been one of our province’s staple crops. More recently, they’ve become a pillar of southern Alberta’s economy. And now university-based researchers are on hand for support, as producers prepare to grow the industry still further. With a major potato processing plant now under construction in Lethbridge, industry officials predict a jump of nearly 10,000 more acres put into potato crop rotation. On Friday, scientists at…

New Brunswick potato farmers named Atlantic’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers

Atlantic hospitality and camaraderie were on full display in Truro, N.S. on April 12-14 as fifth generation potato farmers, Robert Anderson and Jill Ebbett of East Glassville, N.B. have been named Atlantic’s Outstanding Young Farmers. Robert assumed management responsibilities of the farm in 2000 after returning from a year at college. The farm is known for its high quality Elite Seed Potatoes by customers internationally, and for its outstanding soybean and grain…

New Chairman at Potatoes USA

Dan Moss from Declo, Idaho, was sworn in as the new Chairman of Potatoes USA at the organization’s 2018 annual meeting, held March 12-15 in Denver, Colo. Moss is the CEO of Moss Ag and Arrowhead Potato Company, a company that focuses on the fresh potato sector. He will replace John Halverson. Other executive committee members include: Jaren Raybould, Saint Anthony, Idaho, and Phil Hickman, Horntown, Va, co-chairmen (Domestic Marketing Committee); Marty Myers,…

U.S. student wins prize for blight solution

New York student Benjamin “Benjy” Firester has won one of the United States’ top young science prizes for his research on the devastating microorganism which caused the Irish Potato Famine, devising a computer model that could prevent it causing billions of dollars in lost crops every year. The 18-year-old senior at Hunter College High School beat 1,800 students in the race to the $250,000 first prize at the Regeneron Science Talent Search,…

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….

Reaping Rewards of Processing Plant Expansion

After years of stagnant growth, the potato processing industry in North America is on the rise. Numerous processors have expanded or opened plants in the last year or two in response to growing demand for french fries and other potato products. For instance, McCain Foods expanded its potato processing facilities in Idaho and New Brunswick in 2016, and growers in both areas are reaping the benefits. Blair Young, who grows 600 acres…

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