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Canada/U.S. agreement on PCN supports potato trade

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have adopted revised guidelines to manage potato cyst nematode (PCN) that will support potato growers, help facilitate international trade, and maintain protection against the pest. Effective immediately, seed potato growers can be eligible to export three crops without any additional soil sampling and testing, if their fields have been tested twice and determined not to be infested with PCN. In the past, Canadian seed potato growers were required to undergo sampling and testing for every crop of seed potatoes destined for the U.S.

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