Tuber tech takes center stage: International Potato Technology Expo to showcase latest innovations

The Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, will host the International Potato Technology Expo on February 22 & 23, 2024. This biennial event, celebrating over two decades, covers the entire potato industry, from seed to packaging. Shawn Murphy, Show Manager, highlighted its significance, noting attendees from all over sharing innovations. The 2024 edition introduces a two-day conference by the PEI Department of Agriculture & the PEI Potato Board. Over 100 exhibitors have registered, with others encouraged to join.

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Agricultural robotics and AI: A glimpse into tomorrow at Agritechnica 2023

Agritechnica 2023, set for 12-18 November, will spotlight the rise of autonomous fieldwork in agriculture. The event will explore the transition to driverless machines, the blurred lines between autonomous and automated systems, and the role of AI in enhancing robot capabilities. The expo promises a deep dive into the future of farming, showcasing innovations from manufacturers, startups, and academic institutions.

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Weathering the storm: How Europe’s potato industry navigated 2023, according to Raiffeisen CEO

The European potato industry has faced an unprecedented year of highs and lows, according to Raiffeisen’s CEO, Ferdi Buffen, who opened the 33rd Weuthen Potato Day in Germany recently. Extreme weather, soaring and plummeting prices, and supply chain disruptions have marked this year as an “unimaginable roller coaster ride.” Despite these challenges, the industry is adapting and gearing up for future opportunities, proving that even in extreme years, resilience and innovation shine through, Mr. Buffen said.

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Eco-friendly farming:’s new hybrid herbicide sets a new standard, an agtech company, has successfully launched its groundbreaking hybrid herbicide technology in Canada. The technology offers multiple benefits including faster desiccation speed for efficient potato drying, precision that reduces bacterial infections, and improved tuber uniformity for better yields. It is weather-resistant, ensuring consistent performance and higher productivity. The solution also enhances potato quality, extends shelf life, and minimizes post-harvest losses.

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Crary Ag’s grand gathering: An exclusive evening with YouTube’s farming legends

Crary Ag is hosting Full Pod 2023 on November 30th in Fargo, ND, featuring renowned agricultural YouTube personalities including The Millennial Farmer, Brian’s Farming Videos, Larson Farms, and Tony Fast of Fast Ag Montana. Fans can enjoy a live meet-and-greet, a catered buffet, and a Q&A session with the stars. The event promises door prizes, giveaways, and a goodie bag for attendees. Tickets available at

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From cultivation to processing: PotatoEurope 2023 set to impress in Belgium

PotatoEurope 2023, an international event dedicated to the potato industry, is set to be hosted by Belgium in Kain, near Tournai, on 6th and 7th September. This event, which rotates among the top four potato-producing countries, will gather experts and professionals from the entire potato supply chain. Attendees can expect insights on cultivation, materials, and processing. The event promises to be the most significant and best edition yet.

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Potatoes: More than just a staple in South African cuisine

On National Potato Day, South Africa celebrates its long-standing love for potatoes, a vital part of its culinary history. As reported by Duncan Masiwa for Food for Mzansi, potatoes have been cherished for generations. Willie Jacobs, CEO of Potatoes South Africa, highlights their unifying power and versatility. They’re not just a food source but also a symbol of unity and adaptability.

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GIC’s milestone: 30 years of packaging excellence to be showcased at British Potato 2023

GIC, a top UK packaging machinery manufacturer, will commemorate 30 years of producing intermittent VFFS machines and 20 years of continuous motion machines at the British Potato Show in November. Andy Beal, GIC’s managing director, highlighted the company’s commitment to quality and efficiency. The latest GIC8000 machine will be showcased at the event, boasting advanced features and a high-speed packaging capability. Over three decades, GIC has supplied over 700 machines to various sectors, including prominent names in the potato industry.

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Oslo awaits: Norway to host EAPR’s 2024 Triennial Conference, registration now open with a call for abstracts

Registration for the 2024 EAPR Triennial Conference in Oslo is now open. Hosted by Norway for the first time, the event, led by EAPR President Arne Hermansen, will focus on “Sustainable Potato Production.” The conference will feature keynotes, scientific sessions, and excursions to potato-growing regions. Early registration is advised due to favorable exchange rates. Separate workshops are also available for booking. Visit the official website for details.

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Mastering pesticide management: The must-attend course for potato farmers in a post-Brexit era

The “Managing Pesticides in Fresh Produce” course, offered by Practical Solutions International Ltd, aims to clarify the challenges of pesticide use and residue management, especially post-Brexit. Designed for technical managers working with European retailers, the course, tutored by Ian Finlayson, covers topics like EU pesticide legislation, sampling, and data analysis. Scheduled for September and November-December, it offers an interactive learning experience with practical examples. Testimonials praise the course’s practicality and relevance.

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South Africa’s love affair with the humble spud: Countdown to National Potato Day

South Africa showcases its deep-rooted appreciation for the potato as it eagerly anticipates National Potato Day on August 19. This event not only celebrates the culinary versatility of the tuber but also highlights its significance in the nation’s diet and culture. As the day approaches, South Africans are preparing to honor the humble spud, reflecting its cherished status from farm to feast. The nation’s potato pride is truly unparalleled.

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From ocean to potato fields: Seaweed biostimulant Algifol to make waves at British Potato Show

Algifol, a seaweed-based biostimulant popular among potato growers, will be showcased at the British Potato show in Harrogate this November. Introduced to the UK by MJP Supplies, Algifol enhances potato root strength, disease resistance, and resilience to extreme weather. Produced by Neomed Pharma from brown algae, it’s rich in natural nutrients. The brand has seen a surge in sales due to rising fertilizer costs and a shift towards natural products. Field trial results will be announced at the event.

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Empowering the next generation: Potato LEAF opens applications for 2024 Leadership Institute

The Potato Leadership, Education, and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF) is accepting applications for the 2024 Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) from February 21 to March 1, 2023. This 10-day program offers insights into the U.S. potato industry, addressing challenges beyond production and emphasizing the roles of industry organizations. Starting in Idaho with training and tours, it concludes in Washington, D.C. at the NPC’s Washington Summit.

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Celebrating potato product and packaging innovation, Sterman Masser Farms will exhibit at NEPC Expo

Sterman Masser Potato Farms will present its Side Delights Petite potatoes at the NEPC Expo in Boston from August 21-22, 2023. These U.S. No.1 grade potatoes come in various colors and innovative packaging. Additionally, Masser introduces its sustainable Bioflex packaging, which decomposes in modern landfills. Lela Reichart, the Executive Director of Marketing, emphasizes Masser’s commitment to quality and sustainability, inviting attendees to experience their innovations at Booth #425.

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‘Global Ode to the Potato’: World Potato Congress advocates for International Potato Day at FAO Conference

The World Potato Congress (WPC) emphasized the global significance of potatoes at the 43rd FAO Conference in Rome. WPC Director, André Devaux, highlighted the potato’s role in food security, sustainable agriculture, and its potential to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals. The WPC, alongside international partners, is advocating for an annual International Potato Day on May 30th. This initiative aims to celebrate the potato’s contributions and address rising global food demands.

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Potatoes in Practice 2023: Showcasing the future of potato crop production

Potatoes in Practice, the UK’s largest field-based potato event, will be held on August 10 in Dundee. Hosted by the James Hutton Institute, SRUC, and Agrii, the event will showcase the future of potato crop production. This year’s focus is ‘Using Evidence to Build Resilience for Potato Crop Production’. The event will feature demonstrations, research, trade exhibits, and expert insights, including from the newly appointed director of the National Potato Innovation Centre, Ian Toth.

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Potato Association of America to showcase industry advances during annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Potato Association of America (PAA) is scheduled to take place from July 23rd to 27th, 2023. PAA members, potato researchers and industry partners will gather in Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island. “We look forward to welcoming the PAA family to Prince Edward Island for the first time since 1997. We are excited to showcase the advances that our growers and industry partners have been making in sustainable potato production and innovative technology in recent years”, the association says.

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Highlights from the 2023 Potato Sustainability Alliance Summer Symposium

Set against the backdrop of Sysco’s headquarters in Houston, the 2023 Potato Sustainability Alliance (PSA) Summer Symposium brought together stakeholders from across the potato industry in June. The symposium served as a platform for learning, collaboration, and networking, with a shared goal of advancing the future of sustainable agriculture.

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Avebe showcasing potato-derived ingredients at IFT event

Royal Avebe is presenting PerfectaSOL veggie donuts and “aloo tikki” potato cookies at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) event from July 16 through July 19 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago at booth S3113. PerfectaSOL is a potato-derived ingredient for plant-based dairy and confectionery products and also may replace modified starches and label unfriendly hydrocolloids, according to the company.

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Potatoes in Practice 2023: Unveiling latest innovations and trends in the potato industry

Potatoes in Practice, the UK’s largest field-based potato event, will take place on August 10 in Dundee, hosted by the James Hutton Institute, SRUC, and Agrii. The event will focus on evidence-based practices to enhance resilience in potato crop production. Renowned speakers and experts will share their knowledge, while attendees can explore cutting-edge research, trade exhibits, and demonstrations. The event offers valuable insights into the latest developments in the potato industry.

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NPC hosts Annual Agency Farm Tour in Washington State

The National Potato Council (NPC) and the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) hosted their annual Agency Farm Tour for USDA and EPA staff. The tour aimed to strengthen relationships and educate agency participants on commercial potato production practices, including the use of federally regulated pesticides and Integrated Pest Management. Demonstrations included seed treatment, irrigation-mounted imaging cameras, drone and see-and-spray cameras, fumigation and chemigation equipment, and monitoring devices and models. The event was sponsored by Potatoes USA.

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‘A Cut Above’: Side Delights unveils new premium potato line for its foodservice program

Fresh Solutions Network (FSN) is set to showcase its A Cut Above potato line at the IFPA Foodservice Expo in Monterey, California. The premium-quality, three-tier program is designed to enhance kitchen operations and boost profitability. The line includes fresh whole, whole-peeled, and fresh-cut potatoes. Kathleen Triou, CEO of FSN, highlighted the products’ exceptional taste and consistent texture, making them ideal for creating signature potato dishes.

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