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The newly-formed Federal Ministerial Coordinating Committee on the US border closure to PEI potatoes held its first meeting on January 13th, the day after Canadian Food Inspection Agency was scheduled to meet with its American counterparts. This Cabinet Committee’s members, which include Min…

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For potato farmers, a most difficult task must be to sit on their hands and wait. It must be right up there with having to watch your world-class potatoes, that you have worked so hard to produce, being deliberately destroyed by a snowblower.

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The potato wart (PW) management plan has been shrouded in confidentiality. The shrouds slipped off with the appearance (January 12) in this newspaper of the history of PW in PEI as witnessed by two writers.

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Potato wart was found in a Cavendish Farms field in New Annan in 2000. Science tells us there is no cure for the potato wart fungus. It can remain alive and well, reproducing in the soil for over 40 years, if potatoes are growing in the field. It is one of the most serious diseases of potato…

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