More
    Potato WartFed Ag Minister Travels to P.E.I. to Discuss U.S. Market Reopening

    Fed Ag Minister Travels to P.E.I. to Discuss U.S. Market Reopening

    -

    Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, has finished a trip to Prince Edward Island where she discussed the upcoming growing season and reopening of the United States table stock potato market, a March 28 news release says.

    “The meetings with Prince Edward Island potato growers this past weekend provided an opportunity for open discussions that were appreciated by both sides,” Bibeau says.

    She spent two days travelling through the Island, including stops at Charlottetown, Crapaud, Victoria, Wellington, and O’Leary, where she met with numerous growers. The release notes the visit comes at a critical time for the industry, since resuming exports of P.E.I. table stock potatoes into the continental U.S. will provide the predictability and assurance farmers need for the next potato growing season.

    On March 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced exports of P.E.I. fresh potatoes to the U.S. would resume soon following a multiple month closure.

    Bibeau also met with P.E.I. Minister of Agriculture Bloyce Thompson where they discussed how to best support the industry moving forward, the release says. The two also discussed the Next Agricultural Policy Framework.

    The release also notes Bibeau met with Ray and Alvin Keenan of Rollo Bay Holdings. Rollo Bay Holdings is a family run potato growing and packaging operation located in Souris, P.E.I. which has been in the industry for over 70 years.

    Bibeau made a visit to John Visser, chairman of the P.E.I. Potato Board’s farm in Crapaud, with a group of growers and Heath MacDonald, a member of parliament for Malpeque. They also toured the Thompson Potato Company in Victoria, P.E.I. Growers shared their experiences with how the closure of the U.S. market impacted their operations and their priorities going forward.

    The next stop of the tour was in Wellington and O’Leary, where Bibeau was accompanied by Bobby Morrissey, the member of parliament for Egmont, to tour Urbainville Farms and J&J Farms. The trip finished in Charlottetown where Bibeau met with P.E.I. Potato Board to discuss how to best position the Island’s potato industry for success in the short and long term, the release says.

    Related Articles

    U.S. Reopens Border to P.E.I. Potatoes After Months Long Closure

    P.E.I. Potato Growers Face Piles of Potato Wart Problems

    Canadian Potato Stocks Drop as P.E.I. Destroys Spuds

    Trending This Week

    Potato field at Borden-Carleton, P.E.I.

    The P.E.I. Potato Industry is Edging Back to Normal

    0
    After a year of upheaval following a potato wart discovery, P.E.I. has worked hard to regain their spud status. More than a year after potato...
    Manitoba Potato Production Days 2023 stage

    MPPD Celebrates 50 Years of Potato Memories

    0
    Manitoba Potato Production Days (MPPD) kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with an opening night reception followed by a full day of presentations, demonstrations...
    Freshly emerged potato field

    Fortified Stimulate Yield Enhancer’s (aka Stimulate) Offers 40.4 cwt/acre Marketable Yield and Consistent Benefits

    Drumroll please…. The results are in from this year’s trials and – at a whopping 12.6 to 1 (!!) return on investment – Stimulate’s results...
    Potato field being sprayed

    PMRA Potato Products Review Refresher

    0
    With the PMRA having reviewed numerous potato products, it’s important to keep track of what you can and can’t use anymore. Over the past few...
    Solynta's true potato seeds

    Solynta Signs Agreement to Develop True Potato Seeds for Kenya

    0
    Dutch company Solynta has signed an agreement with FreshCrop Limited, Kenya’s largest producer of seed tuber, to collaborate on the development of hybrid true...