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Invitation to attend the KTIF Tuberzone Webinar on cutting edge crop modelling technology

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will host a webinar this coming Thursday, the th of June, on the fourth and final meeting of the KTIF Tuberzone project. It will take place at 1:00 PM BST and last for an hour. This project has taken cutting edge crop modelling technology and made it available to a group of farmers growing Gemson seed and salad potatoes. The model uses a host of different measurements and predictions to provide growers with more information to aid their crop burn-down decisions and calculate the best economic yield depending on tuber size.

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International Potato Europe 2020 event officially cancelled

In a press release issued today, the organizing committee of the Potato Europe 2020 event announced that the event was regretfully cancelled due to concerns regarding the health safety of participants. The event was scheduled to take place on 2 and 3 September 2020 at Villers-Saint-Christophe in France. The next Potato Europe event is scheduled to take place in the Netherlands in September 2021.

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British farming show goes digital in face of coronavirus lockdown

Rural communities disappointed by the cancellation of farming shows due to coronavirus will still be able to experience the fun of the fair from their homes – by joining the first online agricultural show, Farmers Weekly reports. The free one-day event takes place on Saturday (2 May) and will feature the farming competitions, debates, innovations and demonstrations that are usually commonplace at shows across the country during the summer.

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Europatat confirms its commitment to support members amid COVID-19 crisis

In the latest Europatat Newsletter published today, it is said that as the COVID-19 is spreading through Europe, and on top of the terrible human component and personal challenges that the outbreak is causing, there is also an unprecedented widespread disruption to companies involved in the trade of agricultural products. Europatat says the potato sector faces a difficult time and the organization is active in supporting members, citing examples.

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Europatat Congress 2020 cancelled

Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, regrets to inform that the Europatat Congress 2020, scheduled to take place on 11 and 12 June in Brussels, will be cancelled following the escalation of COVID-19 crisis in Europe. For Europatat, the safety and wellbeing of the Congress’ participants, speakers and partners is its number one priority. Europatat is also aware of the[Read More…]

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2019 and 2020 Webinars available on the World Potato Congress website

In a press release issued earlier this week, the World Potato Congress Inc notes that in case you missed one of its webinars, rest assured that they are all available on the World Potato Congress website at www.potatocongress.org.  The following is a list of all past webinars now on the website: 2020: March 18 – Presenter: Dr. Leah Tsror’s, “Powdery Scab[Read More…]

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Ireland: Second lowest acreage of potatoes planted in 2019

The area of potatoes planted in Ireland in 2019 was the second lowest on record, after 2018, which was the lowest on record. There was also a further decrease in the plantings of traditional varieties such as Kerr’s Pink and Golden Wonders. Speaking at the recent National Potato conference in Dublin IFA president Tim Cullinan said farmers continue to be the[Read More…]

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Thousands attended International Potato Technology Expo on Prince Edward Island

The 2020 edition of the International Potato Technology Expo welcomed professionals from across North America back to Charlottetown on Canada’s Prince Edward Island this past Friday and Saturday. According to the organizers, the industry event took Charlottetown by storm with an impressive display of equipment and products, alongside an educational conference attracting hundreds of delegates. 3,078 attendees walked the show floor to check[Read More…]

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EAPR announces financial support for PhD students to attend 21st Triennial Conference

The European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) is happy to announce that the EAPR will financially support a total of 10 PhD students to attend the 21st Triennial Conference, EAPR2020. The Conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland on 6-10 July 2020. The Conference Secretariat says the support offered will not exceed 800 EUR, and will reimburse the following expenses: Registration[Read More…]

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Hummingbird Technologies enters Eastern European market; launches Knockdown product in Australia

Hummingbird is very pleased to announce that the company has taken a first step towards the Eastern European market. Starting with Poland, Hummingbird signed a reseller agreement with ProGea SKY. ProGea will be reselling Hummingbird’s product services for potatoes, sugar beet, and cereals. They will also function as a collaborative data collection partner. For more information on this agreement, please[Read More…]

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Irish potato farmers 'afraid' of pasta, rice and poor prices

49% of potato farmers in Ireland see competition from other carbohydrates such as pasta and rice as one of the biggest challenges facing the potato industry. Among the other major challenges to the sector listed were price, competition from imports and the loss of plant protection products. These results came from a poll taken to gauge the feeling in the Irish industry and[Read More…]

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EAPR 2020 Conference: 'An inspiring program and diversified range of potato specialists,' says President

The 21st Triennial Conference of the European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) will be hosted in Warsaw, Poland, 6-10 July 2020. The Conference will be organized in Hilton Warsaw Hotel And Convention Centre, in the very heart of the city, with an excellent access to all means of transport, as well as to many tourist attractions, museums and the Old[Read More…]

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Upcoming event: International Potato Technology Expo to take place this week

The International Potato Technology Expo returns to Charlottetown on Canada’s Prince Edward Island this Friday, February 21 and Saturday the 22nd. The event welcomes those who grow and package potatoes, together with the leading manufacturers of equipment and product solutions from across the Maritimes and beyond. The highly successful international event has been held biennially for more than two decades.[Read More…]

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Ireland: Bord Bia launches EU funded potato consumption campaign – aimed at millennials

Details of a joint initiative with promotional agencies in France and Belgium with the aim of promoting fresh potatoes among European millennials have been announced by Bord Bia today, Breifne O’Brien of AgriLand reports. Bord Bia – alongside CNIPT (France), VLAM (Belgium) and Europatat (EU Potato Trade Association) – will launch a new campaign titled: ‘Potatoes, prepare to be surprised[Read More…]

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Colorado potato grower-brothers cooking up a successful recipe for improved soil health

In some ways, soil health conferences are like recipe swaps — with attendees always on the lookout for a mix of ingredients that will produce better results. One of those recipes presented at the sold-out Western Canada Conference on Soil Health & Grazing last month came from a Colorado potato grower who farms in high-elevation, near-desert conditions and no longer uses chemical inputs. Brendon Rockey calls[Read More…]

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16th International Berlin Potato Evening: 'We need to regain trust and talk to people proactively'

Almost 500 guests from more than 15 countries and around 200 companies and institutions took part in the 16th edition of the International Berlin Potato Evening this week, FreshPlaza reports. In addition to the regular regular guests, many new and especially young participants found their way to the ballroom of the Hilton Berlin to enjoy an evening dedicated entirely to[Read More…]

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Potato Days Russia 2020 to be hosted in July

The Russian potato industry and representatives from many countries from abroad will meet in the heart of the potato production region in Russia for this event – the region of Bryansk. It will be held on July 30 – 31, 2020. Potato Days Russia 2020 is the first potato conference and trade show of its kind, and is organized in[Read More…]

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Industry veterans join Wisconsin association’s Hall of Fame

Larry Alsum, president and CEO of Alsum Farms & Produce Inc., and Dick Okray, president of Okray Family Farms, are the newest members of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Association Hall of Fame. Their accomplishments in state and national potato industries were recognized during the association’s annual awards banquet Feb. 5 in Stevens Point, Wis. Alsum became the general manager of the family company, then named[Read More…]

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