Global Reach, Local Touch: New Vegetable Varieties

This program encompasses breeding new vegetable varieties that are adapted to Canadian growing conditions and meet consumer preferences. Researchers at Vineland are establishing a pipeline for locally-adapted sweet potatoes that would give Canadian growers a larger share of the more than $40 million market. The sweet potato breeding program is focused on breeding high yielding early varieties by 2019 for both fresh and processing markets. Researchers are also establishing a cost-effective sweet potato slip production to help grow the industry.

Funding Partners & Collaborators

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Assiniboine Community College
Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Louisiana State University
Niagara College
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Peak of the Market
Pleine Terre
Pride Pak
Van Eekelen Enterprises Ltd