About the PGA
A Progressive Member Driven Organization
Founded in 1966 by potato farmers and industry reps, we continually strive to enhance unity through member involvement and engagement. One of the many goals of the PGA is to foster effective relationships with Government and other agencies to advocate the best interest of the potato industry. Our industry is based on three sectors, Process, Seed and Table potatoes.
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Education & Extension
The PGA helps Alberta Potato Growers access the latest technology and information. We do field demonstrations for growers, showcasing new varieties, new products, and cutting-edge techniques.
At the PGA Annual Potato Conference and Trade Show, members come to hear professionals from across North America deliver exciting new information related to the potato industry and farm management. During the summer months, growers gather at breakfast and dinner meetings to gain more information on cutting edge technologies in production, potato varieties, pest management and new programs.
To provide our members with this current national and international information, PGA staff attend conferences, gather information on the latest trends and research findings and pass on what we have learned to growers through the Potato Minute Newsletter, our Friday Facts, and bulletins.
Marketing & Promotion
Another important part of our work is promoting the Alberta Potato Industry to consumers, retailers, processors, international markets, and industry groups. The PGA travels to trade conferences, develops promotional brochures, learning materials and programs for the food service industry.
We strive to educate the general public and school aged children on the nutritional value and health benefits of the potato, as well as, the many different varieties that are available. We also speak on behalf of the Potato Growers to all levels of government in Alberta, Canada and internationally.
Research has been an integral part of the Alberta Potato Industry from the very beginning. Several advancements in managing the land, the crop and the farm are very evident today.
The PGA continues to advance the potato growing industry by funding new and ongoing research projects. Our research fund is provided mainly from a research levy on potatoes grown in the Province.
Research grants also contribute to research projects. Potato researchers apply for funding directly to the research committee of the PGA. Click here for latest projects.
A Potato on Every Plate - 50th Anniversary CookBook (Coiled)
The cookbook is comprised of potato recipes from former and current Alberta potato growers, staff, industry and some from previous cookbooks. There are 236 recipes included, which shows how versatile a potato can be for each meal and that will allow readers to utilize potatoes more often...