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UK: Conference on potato growing widens appeal

The Potato Council’s biennial seed strategy conference, “From seed to ware”, widens its appeal for the whole supply chain this autumn. The one-day industry event on November 25 2014 has been ‘refocused’ to appeal to the whole industry, organisers say. Held at the Crieff Hydro Hotel, Perthshire, this year’s Seed Industry Event will look at key issues from seed certification[Read More…]

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Scottish potato Agrico company 
wins national award

Angus-based seed potato business Agrico UK Ltd. has been named as a top organisation for people management practice in the UK, winning the Best School and Business Partnership in the first Investors in People Awards. The company was recognised for its ‘Tattie Tastic Project’ as part of the Scottish Food and Drink Federation’s innovative schools programme. Now in its third year, it has involved classes of primary six and seven children from Glamis and Eassie primary schools joining the business for a series of interactive lessons.

Source: www.forfardispatch.co.uk

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UK: Potatoes in Practice grows for growers

With up to 1,000 industry visitors expected, Potatoes in Practice (PiP), sponsored by Potato Council, is the UK’s largest technical field event for the potato industry. It provides key topical technical content to hundreds of growers and industry, this year it will be held on Thursday 7 August, at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm, Invergowrie, near Dundee. PiP, organised and hosted by the James Hutton Institute, is held in association with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Agrii. The event offers the anticipated high-standard mix of science, technology and practical advice.

Source: www.potatobusiness.com

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Australia: Tassie potato knowledge wows WA industry

Tasmania’s potato industry has been striving to stay competitive, and it seems to be paying off. A delegation from Western Australia’s potato industry, says advances in soil and disease management, are giving Tasmanian growers an edge. The group comprised 16 fresh market, seed and processing potato growers, and staff from the WA Potato Marketing Corporation and Murdoch University.

Source: www.abc.net.au

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Nieuwe voorzitter RvB Wageningen UR opent Aardappeldemodag

Prof. Dr. Ir. Louise O. Fresco is per 1 juli jl. benoemd tot voorzitter van de Raad van Bestuur van Wageningen UR. Vanuit deze rol vervult zij de opening van de Aardappeldemodag, een evenement dat elke twee jaar georganiseerd wordt door PPO Westmaas en de NAO (Nederlandse Aardappel Organisatie). Aardappeldemodag staat bekend als dé ontmoetingsplaats van de Aardappelsector.

Source: www.agf.nl

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China organises ninth edition of the ‘World Potato Congress’

David Thompson, president of the ‘World Potato Congress Inc’ recently announced that the Chinese district of Yanging, near Peking, has been chosen as the location where the ninth ‘International World Potato Congress’ will be held from the 28th to the 30th of July 2015. It will be the first time t…

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UK: Register for potato storage event

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Potato growers are being reminded to register for the Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research 50th anniversary celebrations. The world-class post-harvest applied research facility marks the anniversary on Thursday, July 3 (9am to 4.30pm) with a special day showcasing storage development, knowledge exchange past and present, and the latest best practice on key storage issues.[Read More…]

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Potato Europe 2014 returns to Germany

See on Scoop.it – Potato News The ‘Potato Olympiad’ is coming to Germany: on 3 and 4 September Potato Europe will be held at Bockerode manor in Hannover, report German website Gabot.de. The agricultural exposition will return to Lower Saxony and take place in the open air. Over the course of two days everything relating to potato production and processing[Read More…]

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Video: 2014 U.S. Potato Board annual meeting

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Blair Richardson, president and CEO of the U.S. Potato Board, discusses his inaugural USPB annual meeting and the issues facing the potato industry. See on www.youtube.com

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Data shows white potatoes boost fibre intake

A new data analysis conducted by the U.S.-based Alliance for Potato Research and Education shows that white potato consumption is positively associated with the intake of dietary fibre among children and adults. “There is a perception that the dietary fibre in the potato is only in the skin,” said Maureen Storey, president and CEO of APRE, at a recent dietary[Read More…]

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Canada: Tomra to exhibit sorting machinery at CPMA

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Tomra Sorting Solutions plans to show customers its products and services at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show April 2-4 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Norway-based company plans to display some of its advanced sorting and processing systems. Some of the products Tomra’s representatives plan to discuss include Halo, its latest[Read More…]

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PotatoEurope: 2014 wieder in Bockerode

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Die “Kartoffel-Olympiade” kommt nach Deutschland: Vom 3. bis 4. September findet die PotatoEurope auf dem Rittergut Bockerode bei Hannover statt. Wie der Landvolk-Pressedienst berichtet, kehrt die landwirtschaftliche Freilandausstellung damit nach Stationen in Frankreich, Belgien und den Niederlanden wieder nach Niedersachsen zurück. Dort dreht sich an den beiden Tagen alles um die Kartoffelproduktion und –[Read More…]

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Pakistan: USAID Agribusiness holds training on potato seed

See on Scoop.it – Potato News The Agribusiness Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF), organized a week-long technical and managerial training on Seed Potato Production Technologies at the Horticulture Research Institute, National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), here from March 24 to 28. The 23 participants included farmers[Read More…]

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UK: A spud-tastic day for our potato growers

See on Scoop.it – Potato News The Potato Council’s West Midlands Potato Day sees more of the region’s potato growers attending each year, writes the council’s Chris Steele This year it takes place on June 19 and grower Jonathan Bubb will host the day’s programme at Lynn South Farm, Newport. The day always covers a wide agenda. This year is[Read More…]

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Webinar: Fertility Considerations for Optimal Potato Production …

See on Scoop.it – Potato News On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Dr. Brian Levene, AgroLiquid Specialty Crops Researcher, will join Steve Holland, owner and operator of Holland Agricultural Services, for a free webinar on optimizing potato production for … See on www.agroliquid.com

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Research aims to break the potato yield plateau

An increasing disconnect between scientific advances and their practical application is being blamed for the lack of any large step changes in potato yields since the end of the Second World War. That is despite the relentless amount of scientific research being published, which continues to grow, said NIAB CUF head of agronomy David Firman.

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UK: Alternaria advice

Nutrient deficiency could be just one of the causes of stress that can increase a potato crop’s risk of Alternaria attack, warned Syngenta Field Technical Manager, Stephen Williams. Other stress factors including drought, heat, or pest damage, which could all make plants more susceptible to infection and losses from early die-back, he added. “Plant stress appears to play a greater[Read More…]

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Canada: Scientists strive to produce perfect potato for chips

Potatoes bred to make great potato chips were the feature attraction at the annual unveiling of new potato varieties at the federal Potato Research Centre in Fredericton this week. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada estimates potato chips could be a $1.7 billion industry in Canada by the end of 2016. Research scientist Benoit Bizimungu says the new varieties should suit the industry.[Read More…]

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US: Seminars at International Crop Expo offer a wealth of information

If you grow small grains, soybeans or dry beans, or potatoes you will want to attend this year’s International Crop Expo (ICE) at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Information seminars will be offered on Feb. 19-20 for each of those crops, according to Lionel Olson, Grand Forks County Extension agent, and one of the organizers of the show. “Each[Read More…]

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