Novelty ‘hotel’: Book a night in a spud sleeper…

How do you like them potatoes? Or, more precisely, the big Idaho potato that’s morphing into an Airbnb? Anyway you slice it or dice it, this is a “hot potato”; it’s got to be a s’mash hit… From the official Airbnb listing: “Stay in a 6-ton potato! This is the original potato that traveled countless miles across the country for[Read[Read More…]

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Organic Produce Summit: Educational sessions on international organic produce supply and trends

A pair of educational sessions related to the burgeoning growth of organic production and sales from a global perspective await attendees at the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit (OPS), this coming July in Monterey, CA. Sponsored by Robinson Fresh, the two sessions will explore how international organic growers and distributors are impacting the multi-billion-dollar organic fresh produce industry—-and examine retail[Read[Read More…]

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New Arable Scotland event planned for this summer

Plans are moving on apace for the brand new Arable Scotland event, planned for this summer on July 2 at Balruddery Farm, Fowlis, by Dundee. This is a brand new annual event for Scotland where the industry can meet, debate, view and review the new innovations that will drive the markets and future sustainability of Scottish arable production. It is[Read[Read More…]

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Heat and Control introduces new roasting technology at SNAXPO event

Heat and Control has chosen SNAXPO 2019, their 55th year as an exhibitor, to introduce their latest snack processing innovation, the new Rotary Dryer Roaster (RDR). The RDR advances Heat and Control’s snack line capability and enables them to offer an end-to-end solution for seasoned and coated nut snacks, including frying, dryer/roasting, seasoning, coating, conveying, weighing, packaging, case packing, inspection, and[Read[Read More…]

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Schools in Ireland invited to commemorate Potato Famine by planting Lumper potatoes

Schools across Ireland are being encouraged to sow Lumper potatoes this spring as a way of commemorating those who died during the Famine of the 1840s. The Lumper is a potato variety upon which millions of Irish people depended until it was destroyed by blight from 1845 onwards. The Committee for the Commemoration for Irish Famine victims has teamed up with Glens[Read[Read More…]

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‘Changes and Challenges in Potato Marketing Sectors’: 103rd Annual Meeting of the PAA

The Manitoba Local Arrangements Committee for PAA 2019 is pleased to host the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Potato Association of America. The theme for the symposium in Winnipeg is “Changes and Challenges in Potato Marketing Sectors”. The organizers invite the potato industry community around the world to come join the meeting from Sunday, July 28 – Thursday, August 1,[Read[Read More…]

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Eye on alternative pesticides: Inaugural Biopesticide Summit sheduled for July 2019

The world of plant protection is changing rapidly with many interesting new approaches entering the market. For this reason Bionema Limited and Swansea University are to host the inaugural Biopesticide Summit in July 2019. The organisers expect to address the pressing need to develop alternatives to chemical crop protection. The Summit will also include the Biopesticide Awards which celebrate the achievement, excellence, and the[Read[Read More…]

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St. Patrick’s Day: a 1,000-year-old celebration

Every year on March 17, people, regardless of ethnicity, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green clothing, attending parades and eating Irish potatoes. The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in the United States has taken its own spin in the last 150 years.  It has morphed into a day where people head out to the bars to consume pints of[Read[Read More…]

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Plans get underway for 11th World Potato Congress in Ireland

Representatives of the Northern Ireland Potato Stakeholder Group recently met with members of the Irish Potato Federation who are coordinating the 11th World Potato Congress taking place in Ireland, from May 31 to June 2, 2021. The Irish Potato Federation competed successfully against stiff international competition, to bring this important international event in Ireland. They did so on behalf of[Read[Read More…]

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Senator Collins meets with Maine Potato Board, confirms support for potato industry

U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with several members of the Maine Potato Board (MPB) in her Washington, D.C., office who were visiting our nation’s capital for the National Potato Council Fly-In annual meeting.  Senator Collins delivered remarks at the annual meeting to farmers from a range of potato-growing states. “I was delighted to meet with members of the Maine Potato[Read[Read More…]

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Keeling stresses importance of potato trade gains

With his end-of-July retirement date rapidly approaching, John Keeling appeared at the 2019 Potatoes USA Annual Meeting for the last time as executive vice president and CEO of the National Potato Council. Keeling briefed 100 or so National Potato Promotion Board, Potatoes USA staff and other potato industry members in a wide-ranging and informal talk on March 13. Keeling touched on potato trade with Mexico,[Read[Read More…]

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Limited edition Russet potato comes with certificate of authenticity

In an offer commemorating the legendary spring 2018 growing season, Wada Potato Farms released a limited edition of russet potatoes Friday, all of which will be accompanied by exclusive certificates of authenticity. “We’ve listened to our fan’s complaints about all the counterfeit potatoes on the market, and we believe providing official proof of provenance will help the tuber collector establish[Read[Read More…]

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Ontario Potato Conference ‘a big success’, says organizer

In an email to her newsletter recipients this morning, Dr Eugenia Banks, organizer of the 2019 Ontario Potato Conference and Trade Show expresses her satisfaction with the outcome of the event which was held in Guelph this past Wednesday, March 6. Says Dr Banks: “The 2019 Ontario Potato Conference and Trade Show, supported by the Potato Board, was a big[Read[Read More…]

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She Who Dares…Farms

Two prominent farming icons will be joining NFU Cymru for its inaugural conference, entitled She Who Dares…Farms, aimed at showcasing the contribution women make to the farming industry. NFU President, Minette Batters along with shepherdess and runner up of prime time TV show SAS: Who Dares Wins, Hannah Jackson, will be key note speakers at the conference, to be held at[Read[Read More…]

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Former general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board reflects on wart crisis of 2001

Ivan Noonan has experienced plenty of high-stakes situations, but he confessed he was far more nervous addressing a room of people last month. The former general manager of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board was among three recipients of industry appreciation awards Feb. 19 at the P.E.I. Potato Conference. The others were Jack Reddin, founder of Reddin Farm Equipment in[Read[Read More…]

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SSCR is holding its Potato Winter Meeting in Dundee on Wednesday

The Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) are holding their Potato Winter Meeting at the James Hutton Institute, Dundee on 7 March 2019. Registration and coffee is from 11am and there will be various opportunities throughout the day to visit the trade stands. Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge. Full programme of talks and trade stands below.[Read[Read More…]

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No couch potatoes! Kent Spud girls out to smash the London Marathon…

Keep your eyes peeled for The Potato Shop’s Nicola Crawley and Provenance Potatoes’ Tracy Bush who are running the London Marathon this April! Both ladies are involved in the growing and marketing of Kent potatoes and are fuelling their training runs with this versatile, delicious and nutritious carbohydrate. Potatoes are a great source of fibre are low in fat and[Read[Read More…]

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Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival to take place this week

Ulster Farmers’ Union deputy president, David Brown, says that the Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival 2019 is set to be an extremely successful event and the UFU are delighted to be part of the celebrations. Mr Brown is encouraging the public to meet potato growers and share in the celebrations while also supporting local produce. The festival, now in its[Read[Read More…]

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African Potato Association announces 2019 triennial Conference

The African Potato Association’s (APA) core objective is to promote production and utilization of potato and sweet potato for food and nutrition security in Africa. Additionally, the APA facilitates knowledge sharing by bringing together diverse stakeholders in the potato sector across Africa and other countries. The African Potato Association local organizing committee together with the Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI) and[Read[Read More…]

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