Potato Growers of Alberta will host its first Field Day Open House for potato growers and industry stakeholders. The event will take place at University of Lethbridge on August 17, 2018 and will illustrate potato research activities and tour the university’s science and Academic Building, currently under construction. 

August 13 to August 19, 2018, is Wild Blueberry Week in New Brunswick. This first edition is a celebratory collaboration between Bleuets NB Blueberries (BNBB) and the NB Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries.

United Potato Growers of Canada released a summary on the European potato crop on August 8, 2018. It indicates that growers are dealing with a droughty growing season, which will likely have an effect on both potato supply and potato markets.

Each year, 35 per cent of fresh potatoes worth $1.7 billion is lost because of waste from poor storage or shelf life. The J.R. Simplot Company plans to reduce food waste with new varieties of non-browning and non-bruising produce through gene-editing technology such as CRISPR-Cas9. 

Demand for locally-grown garlic is as high as ever. Ontarians better stock up while they can at festivals taking place in August and September. The province’s pungent pride is being celebrated in all things allium.

Fred Webber

The Dispute Resolution Corporation has identified that more bankruptcy data is needed to quantify measure of harm to horticulture.President Fred Webber is asking for leads to buttress anecdotal information. 

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