Canada: Potato research, processing investment strong in Alberta

Potato research is firmly en-trenched at the Agriculture Canada Lethbridge Research Centre as production expands in the West.
Yves Plante, associate director, said the centre plans to maintain its scientists and researchers and is seeking to fill another research position dedicated to potato health.
“We are fully committed to maintaining the research activities at the centre here. It’s a huge investment, when we decide to add additional professional scientists to our team. It’s a significant commitment and funding is in place.”
On Feb. 15, the centre’s potato breeding and research department presented 15 new varieties of potatoes for evaluation by the industry. Southern Alberta potato production has given rise to establishment of several potato processors over the years. McCain and Lamb Weston have plants, as does Old Dutch and Frito-Lay. More