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P.E.I. Agriculture Minister Darlene Compton introduced legislation this week that would give her the authority to restrict what crops can be grown in areas where potato wart has been discovered. (Legislative Assembly of P.E.I.)qqb

New bill would allow PEI government to limit what crops can be grown in potato wart index fields

November 18, 2022
The minister of agriculture of Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada has tabled legislation that would give the provincial government a lead role in trying to prevent the spread of potato wart in the province.
A ban on exports of P.E.I. potatoes to the U.S. last fall led to the destruction of hundreds of millions of pounds of potatoes. (Courtesy: Mary Kay Sonier/PEI Potato Board)

No sign of potato wart in 5,000 Prince Edward Island soil samples tested so far

July 23, 2022
With testing completed on 5,000 Prince Edward Island (PEI) soil samples collected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency from March to June no potato wart has been found.
On Nov. 21, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency imposed a ban on exports of P.E.I. potatoes to the United States and Puerto Rico after potato wart was found in two fields. It lasted until April 1. (Courtesy: Shane Hennessey / CBC)

Time to permanently retire fields with potato wart, a Prince Edward Island legislative committee says

May 09, 2022
Fields, where potato wart has been found, should be taken permanently out of any type of agricultural production, a P.E.I. legislative committee is recommending.
Nigde Deputy Omer Fethi Gürer's posed parliamentary questions on the 2022 status of the quarantine in Turkey due to potato wart disease.

Turkey: Quarantine is being implemented in 26 provinces due to potato wart disease

April 28, 2022
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey, Vahit Kirisci responded to questions of Omer Fethi Gürer's, Nigde Deputy on the status in 2022 of the quarantine the was implemented in Turkey due to potato wart disease.
Officials from the P.E.I. Potato Board meeting in Ottawa on the suspension trade in fresh P.E.I. potatoes with the U.S., Dec. 2, 2021. Courtesy: P.E.I. Potato Board

Third detection of potato wart 'no surprise', say P.E.I. Potato Board and CFIA

March 14, 2022
The P.E.I. Potato Board said it is 'no surprise' that there has been a third detection of potato wart, this one found in soil samples taken in October 2021.
Bags of Prince Edward Island potatoes are unloaded from a transport truck on Dec. 8, 2021, in Ottawa as the potato industry lobbied the federal government to overturn the export ban. Courtesy: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

Prince Edward Island resumes export of potatoes to Puerto Rico

February 13, 2022
The United States has agreed to let imports of Prince Edward Island table stock potatoes to Puerto Rico resume. United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made the announcement in a news release last week.
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New Federal Ministerial Coordinating Committee on PEI Potatoes brings whole-of-government approach to help farmers affected by U.S. trade disruption

Government Canada establishes committee to restore market access for PEI fresh potatoes to the United States

January 11, 2022
The Government of Canada is committed to restoring market access for PEI fresh potatoes to the United States and supporting PEI farmers impacted by trade disruptions.
Agriculture Minister Bloyce Thompson and Economic Development Minister Matthew MacKay announce funding support for the P.E.I. potato industry during a news conference Friday. (Courtesy: CBC)

Prince Edward Island potato ban to United States expected to last into new year

December 18, 2021
P.E.I.'s agriculture minister says he is still hopeful potatoes in limbo won't have to be destroyed, but indications suggest restrictions on Island spuds will last into the new year.
For Keisha Rose Topic, pictured here in one of her potato fields with her father, Boyd, and daughter, Mae, farming is a family business. (Courtesy: Keisha Rose Topic)

P.E.I. farmers losing money day by day in potato export crisis

December 03, 2021
After 20 years of successful management, potato wart has closed the U.S. border again. P.E.I. farmers are five days into a suspension of trade for their potatoes into the U.S. market.
PEI based Salad Company, Johnston’s Encourages Canadians to Support Local PEI Potato Farmers in Response to Recent Export Ban

PEI based Salad Company Encourages Canadians to Support PEI Potato Farmers in Response to US Export Ban

December 01, 2021
With its roots firmly planted on PEI soil for over 74 years, Johnston’s Homestyle proudly supports local farmers while they face challenges during supply chain restrictions.

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