Pukekohe potato crop manager snags top Australasian farming award

A potato crop manager from Pukekohe has snagged a top Australasian productivity award. Wilcox crop manager Bryan Hart has been recognised for his contribution to farming in Australia and New Zealand in the annual Syngenta Growth Awards. He travelled to Australia to accept the grower productivity award. “It was a bit of a surprise – quite a nice surprise.” More

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Potato Expo 2016 features first Food Truck Chef Competition

For the first time, Potato Expo 2016, the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry in North America, will host a food truck chef competition highlighting the broad appeal of potatoes and mobile food trucks. During the Spud Nation™ Throwdown on January 12, three food truck chefs selected as finalists of a nationwide competition will present their most[Read More…]

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Canada: McCain honours top growers in Alberta

Uchikura Farms Ltd. of Burdett was named the 2014-2015 McCain Champion Potato Grower for the McCain Coaldale plant in Alberta at the 16th Annual McCain Growers’ Banquet held Nov. 3 at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre. Jeff DeLapp, regional president, North America, and Allison McCain, chairman, McCain Foods Limited were on hand to extend personal congratulations to Uchikura Farms and[Read More…]

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UK: Costs of potato production trends revealed at BP2015

There may be a small decrease in the costs of potato production this year for the second year running, but the long-term trend is for them to increase. This is partly because the price of red diesel has gone down by almost 25 per cent, and fertiliser costs are benefiting from a 4 per cent drop in the cost of[Read More…]

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UK: Thousands attend flagship Potato Event BP2015

“It’s clear that anyone who is serious about growing and purchasing potatoes came to the event,” commented AHDB Potatoes’ Strategy Director Rob Clayton. “There was a great atmosphere and a really positive feeling as you moved through the trade stands. “It’s been tremendous for business and hugely rewarding for the immense amount of effort AHDB Potatoes staff, board members and exhibitors[Read More…]

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McCain UK chief honoured at potatoes event

McCain Foods GB chief executive Nick Vermont was presented this year’s British Potato Industry Award at the BP2015 potato industry trade event in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. AHDB Potatoes announced the winner during a reception on its stand. Its chair Fiona Fell said: “It is particularly fitting that this award is presented to Nick in the company of some of our industry’s[Read More…]

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Tasmania: Expert to share knowledge on tomato-potato psyllid at research event

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture’s Forthside Vegetable Research Facility will be opening its doors on Tuesday November 24 for its annual open day. The event will include field walks, presentations and displays from Irrisys, RMCG, Philmac, Second Bite, BMS LaserSAT and more. The event is open to anyone to attend. One highlight of the day will be TIA entomologist Dr Paul[Read More…]

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Canada: P.E.I. farm wins potato title at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Gerrit Visser and Sons of Orwell Cove on Prince Edward Island captured the grand champion title in the table stock potato division at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. They took first prize in the class for Yukon Gold, Fabula, or Other Yellow Fleshed varieties and also took the top honours in the show. The win also netted the Visser family the[Read More…]

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Australia: New season baby potatoes fetch $940,00/tonne

Attendance at the Annual Potato Industry Dinner at Next Gen, North Adelaide, South Australia last Friday night exceeded all expectations. The auction of new season baby potatoes, the only one of its kind in Australia, resulted in a final bid of a very impressive $9,400. This was for 10 kgs so that means these very special potatoes actually sold for[Read More…]

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UK: Vertical integration highlighted at key potato event

The pace of vertical integration in the potato industry is being highlighted by the BP2015 event in Harrogate next month. It began life in the 1950s as a grower event but is now reporting record involvement from across the food processing and packaging sectors. “Advance registrations from food processing engineers alone are at their highest ever level, underlining the changing[Read More…]

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Fresh Solutions Network kicks off Spud Zone II at PMA Fresh Summit

Fresh Solutions Network is lining up to kickoff their best season ever, starting with hosting Spud Zone II at PMA Fresh Summit to be held October 23-25 in Atlanta, GA. Attendees can expect to see a full roster of innovative new products as well as meeting the Fresh Solutions Network team and learning about the marketing programs available to support[Read More…]

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Armenia to host international potato seminar next August

Hrachya Berberyan, head of an Armenian farmers union, said today that Yerevan will host an international potato seminar in August 2016. He said Armenia’s natural and climatic conditions are very favorable for potato growing. According to him, the decision to organize the seminar was taken during a recent meeting of Armenian and Georgian farmers, specializing in potato growing. It was the[Read More…]

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French potato traders delegation attend Dubai event

The Federation of French Potatoes Traders, FEDEPOM, will showcase high quality of farm products to the local market, during the the WOP 2015-World of Perishables event, currently being held in Dubai, UAE. The event, which will run until October 7, and the FEDEPOM will be located at Stand E10 – Hall 3, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. FEDEPOM, with[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston shows “Seeing possibilities” at Anuga food fair

Lamb Weston has chosen international food fair Anuga in Cologne, Germany, to present “Seeing possibilities” with a view to inspire menus worldwide. Chefs will offer visitors working in the food industry new solutions how to serve potato products in an inventive way. Lamb Weston takes pride in trying to see all the possibilities available related to potato processing. It invented the water[Read More…]

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Discover consumers’ view on food and shopping at Potato Expo 2016

What do consumers think about potatoes? Based on results from a national survey of consumers conducted exclusively for Potato Expo, Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru and popular speaker at the Expo, will share findings that reveal consumer attitudes about potato taste, variety, nutrition, and preparation. In addition, he will offer insights on how the industry can capitalize on opportunities across generations-from Baby[Read More…]

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Processing trends at Agroprodmash 2015 Conference

Agroprodmash 2015 organisers announce their ambition to bringing again together professionals of the vegetable processing industry to their conference dedicated to the latest technologies and equipment for this sector. On October 6 the 20th edition of the Agroprodmash International Exhibition for Machinery, Equipment and Ingredients for the Food Processing Industry will feature the second edition of the Annual Conference on the Latest[Read More…]

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British seed potatoes show off their high quality status at international event

Seed potatoes from Britain are known world-wide for their high health, high quality status and the team from AHDB Potatoes were on the GB seed and science stand at this month’s international trade and technical event, Potato Europe. AHDB Potatoes exhibit at this key event each year to provide a high-profile marketing and networking platform for GB seed exporters and related[Read More…]

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Canada: Farmers put potatoes under the microscope at annual field day

Farmers gathered at Brent Kelly Farms in East Ladner last Thursday for the annual B.C. Potato Variety Trail Field Day to see new varieties that have been grown in a test field. Many are new to the region and some of the varieties were developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and various breeding programs. Farmers from B.C. and other provinces, as well[Read More…]

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UK: Potato farmers crowned ‘producers of the decade’

A pair of potato farmers from Pembrokeshire have been named Britain’s food producers of the decade. Peter and Gina Smithies of Trehill Farm, Pembrokeshire, scooped the top prize at the National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award, awarded in recognition of the ceremony’s 10th anniversary. The married couple grow potatoes across 600 acres on the coast of Pembrokeshire, having been tenants at Trehill[Read More…]

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Europlant presents top potato varieties at Potato Europe

Europlant Pflanzenzucht GmbH is represented again this year at PotatoEurope, the worldwide leading trade fair for potato production. The international industry event is taking place on 2 / 3 September 2015 in Kain by Tournai (Belgium). At stand T49 in the tent hall, Europlant visitors will have the chance to let themselves be won over by the quality and excellent[Read More…]

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PotatoEurope 2015 is ready to start

Every four years Potato Europe is organized in one of the four main potato-producing countries. After France, the Netherlands and Germany in recent years, Belgium will be hosting this major open-air potato event in 2015On September 2 and 3 delegates from the potato industry will meet again in Kain, near Tournai/Doornik. Professional visitors will be able to talk to experts about[Read More…]

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Northern Plains Potato Growers Association Field Day well attended

Ideal weather conditions last Thursday helped draw one of the best crowds in recent years to NPPGA’s Field Day. About 175 growers and industry people took part in the informative day consisting or field tours and research presentations from NDSU, the University of Minnesota and the USDA. Just a week after hosting the USPB Summer Meeting, Carl Hoverson and his[Read More…]

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UK: Potato levy investment in soils R and D announced at leading technical event

AHDB Potatoes was once again at the forefront of GB’s largest technical potato field event recently. Against the background of 2015’s International Year of Soils, AHDB Potatoes’ Dr Rob Clayton spoke at the event to press and industry stakeholders highlighting the continuing importance of soils across the potato, cereals and dairy sectors, and announced for the first time that further[Read More…]

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