Irish potato conference will tackle challenges, markets and nutrition

The annual National Potato Conference in Ireland – organised by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), Teagasc and Bórd Bia – will take place on Tuesday, February 18 at The Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin. In what is a challenging time for the potato industry, top of the agenda at this year’s conference will be working without CIPC and diquat.The[Read More…]

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'Potato Industry 2020' event to be hosted in Moscow in June

The international ‘Potato Industry 2020‘ event will be hosted in Moscow on June 25 – 27. The event is dedicated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world renowned Lorch Potato Research Institute. “The Lorch Potato Research Institute is one of the oldest research institutes of the Russian Federation,” says Sergey  Jevora, Director of the Lorch Potato Research Institute. “The[Read More…]

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UK seed potato exporters prepare for Berlin trade show

A delegation of UK seed potato exporters will be attending this year’s Fruit Logistica trade show on February 5 to 7 in Berlin. The event is one of the biggest international trade shows for fresh produce, with over 2500 exhibitors and 65,000 trade visitors from over 150 countries. AHDB Exports plans to use the show to highlight the high health and quality[Read More…]

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Dutch potato processing firms explore opportunities in India

Dutch based potato processing companies are exploring opportunities to further develop the sector amid increased consumption for higher-end potato products. These Dutch companies are here to take part in Global Potato Conclave. The three-day event will start from Tuesday in Gandhinagar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the conclave through video conferencing. As many as seventeen Dutch companies — engaged[Read More…]

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Manitoba Potato Production Days to take place this week

The Manitoba Potato Production Days event will kick off tomorrow (Jan 28) evening in the Keystone Centre, Brandon, Manitoba with an Icebreaker session. The Conference and Trade Show will be held January 28 – 29 – 30, with presentations by 12 expert speakers. A total of 87 exhibitors will also attend to showcase their products and services. Some of the[Read More…]

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Hot potatoes: Industry leaders in the US see opportunities for crop

Demand is so high for U.S. potatoes that the industry cannot keep up, several speakers said during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference, according to a report published by Capital Press. “We’ve put a lot of processing plants in, but we’re still losing market share,” said  Blair Richardson, CEO for Potatoes USA. The U.S. industry used to have more than 50% of[Read More…]

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Annual Idaho Potato Conference and Trade Show kicks of its 52nd year

The annual Idaho Potato Conference and Trade Show kicks off its 52nd year in Bannock County. Farmers from across the country will gather at Idaho State University to swap farming techniques, discuss crop management, and view the latest technology in farming. The two-day event will feature seminars and classes for farmers and much more. The trade show will be held[Read More…]

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Spudnik sees good response at two-day event

The Spudnik Equipment Company’s annual open house has grown through the years to now feature more emphasis on education starting this year with an ag summit focusing on potatoes. The event at the Spudnik facility west of Blackfoot was held Monday and Tuesday with full production tours beginning each day at 10 a.m. A career night was held Monday and[Read More…]

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Vendors at Idaho Ag Expo say farmers are optimistic and looking to buy

Vendors at the Eastern Idaho Ag Expo said Idaho farmers are optimistic based on improved prices of a few key commodities, and they’re looking to upgrade equipment and procure new services. The Ag Expo is hosted at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena from Jan. 21-23, in conjunction with the Idaho Potato Conference, hosted from Jan. 22-23 at the university’s Pond[Read More…]

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Spudnik’s first-ever two-day ag summit underway in Idaho

Day one of Spudnik’s first-ever two-day ag summit in Blackfoot got underway at 10:00 Monday morning. The event coincides with the Idaho Potato Conference and Ag Expo in Pocatello. Education sessions will be held both days where people can hear from notable guest speakers in the potato-growing industry. Those who attend will also be able to take a tour of Spudnik’s production[Read More…]

Read More Interbranch organization takes off in Belgium

On January 20, the founding deed of was officially signed in Huldenberg. The composition of the Executive Board ensures that there are balances between growers, traders and processors, and between Dutch and French speakers. Jean-Pierre van Puymbrouck becomes the first chairman. In the first working year, the secretariat is provided by Pierre Lebrun (Fiwap) and Kurt Cornelissen (PCA). However,[Read More…]

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National Potato Council announces LEAF Foundation to aid industry leadership development

At Potato Expo 2020, the largest annual potato industry event held in North America, growers and allied industry partners joined together to launch a new initiative dedicated to growing future leaders. The Potato Leadership, Education, and Advancement Foundation (LEAF), a new 501(c)3 organization, was created to provide tools, training, and support necessary to develop growers and industry members as leaders.[Read More…]

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Record breaking Potato Expo 2020 focuses industry on the future

From Jan. 14 through 15, more than 2,000 U.S. potato growers and industry members from a dozen countries turned out for Potato Expo 2020 at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., to do business and prepare their operations for the future. Now in its 12th year, the annual Potato Expo has become the largest meeting of its kind[Read More…]

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Potato Expo calls Vegas home to talk future of spud business

Thousands of growers are in Las Vegas for the 2020 Potato Expo. The event is the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry in North America. This week, those in the potato industry are in town at the Mirage hotel-casino and discussing the future of business. The potato expo offers educational programming and numerous sessions featuring experts from the industry[Read[Read More…]

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The 2020 Potato Expo is underway

This week many of the nation’s potato farmers are gathered at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas for the 2020 Potato Expo. Attendees are discussing all the issues that are impacting the U.S. potato industry here this week. Attendees will also work on policy to address issues impacting the potato industry. Larry Aslum, president of the National Potato Council, said,[Read More…]

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National Potato Council in the US launches new Eye on Potatoes podcast

Kicking off the 12th annual Potato Expo, held Jan 14-15 in Las Vegas, the National Potato Council announced the launch of its new podcast, Eye on Potatoes. The podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts, provides a platform for growers throughout the country and policy makers in Washington to learn about industry policy priorities and hear from growers[Read More…]

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Collaborative approach to be highlighted at potato conference

Putting potato research into practice is the theme of this year’s influential SAC Association of Potato Producers’ annual conference in Perth – and it will feature the views of SRUC’s new tattie guru, Dr Phil Burgess. The newly appointed lead potato researcher and consultant for Scotland, he is to use his first public appearance in his role to highlight the[Read More…]

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Canada: Peak of the Market's 'Potahto Week' event returns

Registration is now open for restaurants hoping to be crowned champion during the 3rd annual Potahto Week presented by Peak of the Market in Winnipeg in Canada’s Manitoba province. The 10-day event challenges restaurants to put forward a signature dish made with Manitoba grown potatoes and lets the public vote on their favourite creation. According to Larry McIntosh, President and[Read More…]

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