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AgriExpo 2019 to be held August 14 – 15 in Grand Falls, N.B.

Valley Chamber of Commerce, Potatoes NB, and Master Promotions Ltd. are working in partnership to bring AgriExpo 2019 to Grand Falls, N.B. The agriculture-focused event will showcase new trends, technology and equipment for farming sectors across New Brunswick, Quebec and Maine. On August 14 and 15, 2019, AgriExpo will welcome thousands of farmers and industry professionals to Grand Falls, showcasing over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space. Attendees will…

WPC Welcomes Dr. Nigel Crump as its New International Advisor, Oceania

World Potato Congress President, Romain Cools is very pleased to welcome Dr. Nigel Crump to its International Advisory Committee. “Dr. Crump is an excellent addition to our highly respected professional group of International Advisors. With Nigel’s addition, we now have potato specialists representing all parts of the world.” Dr. Nigel Crump is a potato pathologist with over 19 years’ experience working in the Australian potato industry. Nigel is the General Manager for…

Senninger Welcomes New Area Manager for Australasia

Senninger is proud to announce the recent hire of Martin Porter, who joins the International Department as Senninger’s new area manager for Australasia. Porter’s hiring reinforces the company’s appreciation and continued commitment to the territories in Australasia by providing a better support to their growing irrigation market segments. Porter holds a certificate in Business and Administration from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. He’s been in the irrigation industry for more than 25…

Potato Breeding: A European Approach, Part II

Marcel Bruins, editor of European Seed, sat down with the leaders of five major potato breeding companies in Europe to learn more about the challenges of breeding new potato varieties. Piet Smeenge, director of Kweekbedrijf Smeenge-Research; Vanessa Prigge, Crop Improvement project manager at Solana; Gerard Backx, CEO of HZPC; Jan-Paul Bandsma, product manager at de Nijs Potatoes; and Guus Heselmans, R&D manager of C. Meijer B.V., provided insight on this favoured crop….

Investments Key at Manitoba’s Beaver Creek Farms

In the minds of some farmers, you need to spend money to make money growing potatoes these days. You could say Stan and Don Wiebe, co-owners of Manitoba’s Beaver Creek Farms, fall in that category. The two brothers have invested heavily in their potato operation over the years, installing costly tile drainage and irrigation systems in fields throughout their farm while doing their best to keep up with the latest in farm…

Solynta Expands Its Executive Team

Solynta, a potato breeding and biotechnology company, announced it has appointed Charles Miller as its commercial director. Miller brings more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles in the seed industry to Solynta. Before joining Solynta, Miller led Chromatin Inc.’s international business development and sales as vice-president. He was a principal in the sorghum company MMR Genetics/Richardson Seeds, and after its acquisition by NuFarm, became the global development manager for NuFarm’s sorghum…

Senninger Welcomes New Regional Manager for Europe and Northwest Africa

CLERMONT, Florida – December 18, 2018 – Senninger is pleased to welcome Frederic Kaptur, who joins the International Department as Senninger’s Regional Manager for Europe and Northwest Africa with a focus on fixed irrigation and nursery/greenhouse installations. Frederic graduated with a Master I of Energy Management in Water and Electricity from the University of Marseille.  He comes to Senninger with over 25 years of experience in landscape irrigation. Frederic resides in France…

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…

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