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 2021 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
Louisiana State University
Nestlé Nutrition R & D Centre
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Roelands Plant Farms Inc.