Dear folks,

I wish to welcome you to Potato News Today! Thank you for taking valuable time to visit here – I do hope you find it to be worth your while. I do my honest best to publish sensible and breaking potato related news stories on the site as soon as these come to my attention. Potato News Today is edited, published and maintained by me, Lukie Pieterse.

For what it’s worth: I sacrificed my own potato farming operation in South Africa a little more than 24 years ago when my family and I emigrated to Canada so that my two beautiful young children could grow up and live in arguably one of the most civilized countries in the world.

Although I earned a doctorate degree in Sociology, the passion of my life has always been potatoes – ever since my childhood. During the years when I was fortunate to own and operate a farming operation, I grew all my potatoes under drip irrigation in South Africa, and I contracted with the major french fry and chip processors in that country at the time, including McCain Foods, Frito-Lay, Heinz and a couple of others. 

I launched and maintained many potato related websites since the advent of the Internet – after I emigrated to Canada in 1996 (it was not financially possible for me to start a farming operation again when I arrived here). Potato News Today is one of these websites, and was launched in January 2014. Today, the site is visited daily by hundreds of potato industry folks from around the world. I do my best to source and post relevant – and hopefully sensible – news stories about potatoes and current happenings in the global potato industry. And I do this usually for the better part of 7 days a week.

Folks, any and all of you are most welcome to get in touch with me – feel free to send along potato related news stories about your projects, products, services and potato related news from your region or your country, wherever you might be in the world. I will be happy to publish it on Potato News Today and spread to word – also on the social media channels that I manage (in particular LinkedIn and Twitter, but also Facebook and Tumblr).

If you might want to advertise your company or organization on Potato News Today, you are most welcome to contact me and we can discuss details.

Spud greetings from the east coast of Canada!
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lukie
Twitter: @potatonewstoday

‘Those were the days..’
Farming potatoes in
South Africa (circa

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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