Welcome to Potato News Today! I am Lukie Pieterse, the editor and publisher of this site. I’m truly happy to have you visiting, and I hope you will find the content on the site valuable and informative. My goal is – and will always be – to bring you the latest and most relevant potato news from around the world as soon as it becomes available to me.

I have a deep passion for the potato industry, having spent the better part of 36 years of my professional career working in the industry in one capacity or another. In the 1980’s and early 1990’s I co-owned and operated a 2,500 acre farm in South Africa where I grew drip irrigated potatoes for some of the largest processing companies such as McCain Foods, Frito-Lay and Heinz.

In 1996, I made the decision to move my family to Canada so that my two young children would have the privilege of growing up in this wonderful country. Although I will never regret the decision I made at that time, I must admit that I still miss my potato farm to this day…

After immigrating to Canada, I started a potato consulting business and over the years I have been fortunate to be involved in various international projects as a potato consultant in North America, Europe and South America, including the International Potato Center (CIP) in Peru. I also ventured into the world of potato publications and contributed several technical articles to print potato publications as a freelance writer, columnist and editorial consultant, and served as editor for 5 editions of the World Catalogue of Potato Varieties.

In 1996, I launched what was then the first online news portal dedicated to potatoes, and since then I have published potato information on a number of websites and in print magazines. Potato News Today is the latest iteration of my potato news journey, launched in 2014. The site’s database now contains more than 11,000 news stories that have been published online since then.

If you have any news or information related to your potato farm, company or organization, please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to review it for publication on Potato News Today, as well as spread the word on our affiliated social media channels, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Our reach extends to thousands of potato professionals around the world, many of whom come here daily – or at least very often.

We also offer companies the opportunity to promote their products and services to our visitors. Please take a look at this page for more information, and feel free to contact me for further details.

Thanks again for visiting, and all the best from the east coast of Canada!

Editor & Publisher: Lukie Pieterse

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