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World Potato Congress Inc. Announces New Director

World Potato Congress president, Romain Cools, is pleased to announce Greg Donald has joined its board of directors. Greg Donald has been the general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board since 2009. The P.E.I. Potato Board represents P.E.I. potato producers working together to ensure long-term profitability and sustainability through marketing, advocating, negotiation and activities that support quality potato production. Donald has a BSc in agriculture with a major in plant protection from Dalhousie…

Creating the World’s Best Vodka

Ontario potato farmers Ken and Liz Beattie got into the craft distillery business back in 2016, using surplus, non-saleable spuds otherwise destined for cattle feed to make potato vodka. Their fledgling company called Beattie’s Distillers has certainly come a long way since then. Proof of that came at the 2018 World Beverage Competition,a major event for the beer, wine and spirits industries. At that event—the first international competition for the Beatties —…

Ontario Potato Harvest, Sept. 31, 2019

Yesterday, the Alliston area was buzzing with diggers and windrowers in action. Potato trucks were continuously on the roads carrying the crop to their storage destinations. I saw very good Lamokas being stored at HJ VanderZaag Farms. WD Potato was also very busy receiving potato trucks and filling storages. Potato quality there was also very good. In general, the size profile  is better than expected. I did not see any tuber health…

Yields more than doubled during 4-year project with smallholder farmers

Bayer presented challenges and best practice experiences with the implementation of its Root2Successs™ concept on the continent, during the African Potato Association congress in Kigali, Rwanda. This holistic concept supports sustainable production systems covering crop rotation, soil preparation, catch and cover crops and the use of the innovative crop protection products Emesto™, Velum™ and Serenade™. The 4-year experience with Bayer’s smallholder project in Kenya underpinned the success of the Root2Success concept: farmer…

WPC Report on the African Potato Association

During his presentation at the official opening of the 11th African Potato Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, World Potato Congress President, Romain Cools, announced the continuous effort of his organization to be a partner of the African potato sector. President Cools illustrated this statement by referring to the active role of African potato specialists in WPC’s global organization: Dr. A. Jooste of South Africa and B. Lemaga of CIP who are both members…

McCain Foods Recognizes Guest Farms Ltd. as Champion Grower

FLORENCEVILLE-BRISTOL, N.B., Sept 3, 2019 — Guest Farms Ltd. of Holmesville was named the 2018-2019 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Florenceville-Bristol during the 46th Annual McCain Growers’ Banquet held August 22. This year, approximately 200 guests gathered at Northern Carleton Civic Center in Florenceville-Bristol to celebrate the top growers and to recognize their hard work over the past year. Allison McCain, Chairman of McCain Foods Limited, Dale McCarthy, VP Integrated Supply Chain NA…

McCain Foods Recognizes Toner Produce Ltd. As Champion Grower

GRAND FALLS, Sept 3, 2019 — Toner Produce Ltd. of Grand Falls, N.B., was named the 2018-2019 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Grand Falls during the 45th Annual McCain Growers’ Banquet held August 20. This year, approximately 170 guests gathered at Centre E. & P. Senechal in Grand Falls, N.B., to celebrate the top growers and to recognize their hard work over the past year. Allison McCain, Chairman of McCain Foods Limited, Dale McCarthy,…

WPC ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL ADVISOR

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is pleased to announce that Mr. Lu, Xiaoping has accepted the position to become the WPC’S newest international advisor. Mr. Lu, Xiaoping, joined the International Potato Center (CIP) in May 2011 and has since been working as its Deputy Director-General and Director of the CIP-China Centre for Asia and Pacific (CCCAP), a regional arm of CIP. His primary responsibility is heading the start-up work of CCCAP, the…

Ivan Noonan Receives Certificate of Appreciation from UPGC

Ivan Noonan was recently presented with a Certificate of Appreciation as a founding co-chair of the United Potato Growers of Canada, which was formed in 2006. He was presented with the certificate of appreciation by UPGC chairman, Ray Keenan, in Charlottetown, P.E.I., on August 2, 2019. Before his retirement, Noonan was the general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board for 14 years from 1994-2008 and then general manager of Food Trust P.E.I., before…

Ontario Potato Crop Update

The harvest of the early processing crop started this week.  According to sources at WD Potato Ltd., the quality is good. Two to three inches of rain stopped digging of the early crop in the Simcoe-Delhi, Ont., area, but the rain was a blessing. The tubers are at the bulking stage. The Alliston and Shelburne areas continue to be dry. Irrigation is the order of the day. Although the weather has not been favorable…

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