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The Canadian way: Generous Alberta potato farmer donated seed potatoes to communities in the far North

A tow truck carrying 25 tonnes of potatoes (about 50,000 pounds) rolled into Hay River in Canada’s Northwest Territories (N.W.T.) Thursday afternoon. The spuds are a donation from Sunny Crest Farms in Lacombe, Alberta, who offered to give their farm’s surplus to b e planted by gardeners in the N.W.T, Jackie Milne, the president of the Northern Farm Training Institute, asked the Alberta Potato Gtowers Association for a donation. She picked potatoes to focus on because she said they are the ultimate “survival food.

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‘So, God made a farmer’

Dear Readers, most of us, whoever we are, and wherever we are located in the world, live no doubt in tumultuous and unprecedented times in the current day and age. And so do thousands upon thousands of farmers around the world. As an ex farmer, I feel dearly for them. As a humble ode to our farmers,, I decided to share with you here a poem that some of you might be familiar with. It is titled “So, God Made a Farmer”.

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An industry in need: Canadian Federation of Agriculture reaches out to govt in heartfelt video message

In a heartfelt message titled “An Urgent Message from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture”, the CFA reaches out to the federal government in the country, voicing the hardships that many farmers experience at this time. In the opening lines, it is said: This year, Canadian farmers are facing some very challenging times and they need your help. Farmers in Canada grow food not only for Canadians, but for people all over the world. It urges Canadians to visit www.supportcanadianfood.ca.

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Webinar on the diversified use of potato apical cuttings now online

Earlier this week, the World Potato Congress Inc (WPC) hosted another edition of its webinars, featuring Dr. Monica Parker. She presented on “Diversified Use of Apical Cuttings to Boost Potato Seed Systems“. The webinar is now available on YouTube. It can also be viewed below, or on the WPC website here, where links are available to previous webinars as well.

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US: AgweekTV – Planting progress, coronavirus and custom combiners, potato donation, ag recovery outlook

In this week’s on AgweekTV full show for May 2 – 3, 2020: Planting is progressing better than expected and better than last year here in the Western Corn Belt. The coronavirus crisis is causing big challenges for custom combiners. Lamb Weston, RDO Frozen donate potatoes to the Great Plains Food Bank – which were meant originally for area restaurants. And ag economist Dr. David Kohl discusses how agriculture will recover from COVID-19.

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Video: AHDB Potatoes strategy director provides overview and outlook for the British potato market

In this video, published May 1 by AHDB Potatoes in the UK, strategy director Rob Clayton provides some context around the March stocks estimate (released May 1). Dr Clayton says that this estimate is an important ‘line in the sand’ which allows AHDB to calculate how much potatoes are left in growers’ stores, which in turn will help AHDB to strategize and plan different marketing scenarios for the rest of the spring and into the summer.

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Idaho-based Eagle Eye Produce releases spring potato planting video

It’s been said that seeing is believing, and sometimes giving customers and consumers a peek into your operations is a surefire way to gain their trust. This is a strategy Eagle Eye Produce has long believed in, launching innovative short videos to spread its message in a unique way. Most recently, the company released a montage video highlighting its spring potato planting in Eastern Idaho.

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Dig, ship, ‘n chip: Neumiller Sproule potato harvest 2019

The Neumiller family and Sproule Farms has been an enjoyable and productive partnership. Potatoes grown are processing potatoes used for making potato chips and salads. Much of the crop is sent from field to factory to a nearby chip plant. Depending on the time of year, much of the crop goes from the field to a bag of potato chips in as little as 4-24 hours. Get an inside look at the Neumiller- Sproule Farm potato harvest near Bath, Illinois in 2019.

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The Female Farmer Project: The untold story of America’s female farmers

In the fields and barns across America are the stories of farmers — the talented, tenacious stewards of the land who have grown our food for generations. But while agriculture is the foundation of our civilization and the backbone of our nation, the story has only been half-told. According to the 2012 Agriculture Census, more than 280,000 of all primary farm operators are women, and a total of one million women work in the agriculture industry. Their stories have gone untold — until now.

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FarmBeats: Microsoft makes a play for the precision agriculture market

The global population is expected to increase by 2.2 billion by 2050, and the world’s farmers will have to grow about 70% more food than is now produced. If you ask Microsoft, the solution lies in technology, writes Kyle Wiggers in an article published in VentureBeat The tech giant’s FarmBeats program, which launched in preview late last year on Azure Marketplace, is a multi-year effort to bring robust data analytics to the agriculture sector.

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International Women’s Day: Interview with Canadian potato researcher, Dr Helen Tai

Dr Helen Tai is Research Scientist – Plant Genetics and Genomics (specializing in potatoes) at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Fredericton Research and Development Centre in the country’s New Brunswick province. AAFC recently published the interview below with Dr Tai. Even though I didn’t start out studying plants I feel very lucky to be back where I grew up, studying potatoes. I guess it’s true what they say about the apple not falling far from the tree!

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Potato diseases: Control of Rhizoctonia solani podcast

In this episode, Mike Abram, from the Communications team of Bayer Crop Sciences in the UK, recently caught up with Sam Harvey, who is a Commercial Technical Manager for Bayer, based in and around the Cambridgeshire area. They discussed potatoes and in particular how to control seed- and soil-borne potato diseases. Controlling seed- and soil-borne diseases is important for both[Read More…]

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The Peruvian potato: A starchy spud that can adapt to every eco-system

The humble potato was cultivated during the Inca Empire and for thousands of years before. When Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century, they encountered the potato and brought it to Europe. Today it is grown almost everywhere and considered a top food staple along with rice, corn and wheat. By the year 2050, the global population is expected to[Read More…]

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Video: Building soil resilience with root architecture

In this YouTube video, Dick Neale (Hutchinsons Technical Manager in the UK) discusses the impact on soils that cover crops can have by sheltering the soil surface from rainfall – stabilising the surface of the soil, reducing capping and helping water infiltration. The effect of the cover crops used is also examined, particularly the effects from the different root types[Read More…]

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Dutch potato starch company Avebe now a ‘Royal’

Dutch Potato Starch cooperative Avebe can now call itself ‘Royal’. In honour of its 100 years anniversary on November 11, the Dutch King, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, awarded Avebe the so-called “Royal Warrant”. At a festive gathering on November 14, René Paas, the Commissioner of the King in the Province of Groningen, presented the Royal Warrant to Bert Jansen, Chairman[Read More…]

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Video: The life of a potato at Green Thumb Farms in Maine

The video below provides a glimpse at the process of growing, packing, and shipping potatoes at Green Thumb Farms in Maine in the US. Green Thumb Farms grows potatoes, corn, and beans, farming on 2000 acres of rich Saco River Valley in Western Maine since 1965. The video below can also be viewed on YouTube here.

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Video: Spudnik Harvest 2019

It has been a difficult, wet, and cold harvest this year. Farmers throughout North America faced many setbacks in their operations, says the folks at Spudnik. We are grateful for their hard work and perseverance through the season. Thank you to all of our customers and growers internationally. The video below can also be viewed on YouTube here.

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BuzzFeed News tracked down the kid Vice President Dan Quayle made to misspell ‘potato’

BuzzFeed News launched a new show on Facebook Watch on Monday, That Literally Happened, which revisits some of the most notorious events and trends of the 90s. The first episode digs into one of the era’s most notorious political gaffes: the time former vice president Dan Quayle misspelled potato. Yep. Potato. For those who don’t remember, on June 15, 1992, Dan Quayle[Read More…]

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Video: AHDB Exports at Potato Europe 2019

The AHDB Export team have been out in force representing the British potato industry at Potato Europe 2019 in Belgium this month (September 2019). Representatives from around the world visited Kain, near Tournai, on 4 and 5 September to network with professionals from across the supply chain. On the AHDB stand were organic seed growers, Skea Organics, ware potato specialists[Read More…]

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