North America, Research

University aims to strengthen Canadian potato industry

The University of Lethbridge is opening its potato research lab doors to partners and local producers.It’s an industry that professionals say injects more than $1 billion into Canada’s Alberta province’s economy each year. “The potato industry in this province is not just in southern Alberta, but province-wide, said Terence Hochstein, executive director with the Potato Growers of Alberta. “We have about 55,000 acres of production within this province, making us one of the largest growing areas in Canada.” Hoping to expand on that market, the University of Lethbridge in Alberta has opened the doors to its Potato Research Lab on Friday, which showcases the work being done to support producers when growing the tasty spuds. “It’s a program that has been 10 years in the works,” Hochstein said.

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