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Canada: The country’s private potato breeders are calling for a bigger say in how new varieties are developed

Three years ago, Quebec’s Andre Gagnon and 10 other potato breeders located across the country got together to form the Canadian Private Potato Breeders Network. Their goal — to forge a stronger, collective voice. “We are quite isolated,” says Gagnon, president of potato research firm Progest. “That’s why we started this network, to work together.” Fellow breeder Peter VanderZaag, owner of Sunrise Potato in Ontario, feels there are exciting times ahead for Canadian potato researchers and breeders, but like Gagnon, stresses that teamwork is key


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