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Newly hired Fort Fairfield Town Manager Tim Goff (left) listens as Dan Foster, outgoing interim town manager, address the council Wednesday, Sept. 20. (Courtesy: The Star-Herald)

Fort Fairfield, Maine hopeful to welcome a Potato Chip Plant, Awaiting Development Decision

Septiembre 27, 2023
Although in its early stages, the proposal to set up a potato chip plant has gained approval from Fort Fairfield town officials and holds the potential to rejuvenate the local economy, which has suffered from the closure of major industries and businesses in recent years.
McCrum potato filed

McCrum: The success and legacy behind a thriving potato processing operation in Maine

Julio 06, 2023
There aren't many farms in Maine that can boast they've been owned by the same family for more than 130 years. One of those is the McCrums.
Penobscot McCrum potato factory

Penobscot McCrum Potato Factory Won't Be Rebuilt After Fire, Company Shifts Focus to Washburn Facility

Marzo 27, 2023
The Penobscot McCrum potato factory in Belfast will not be rebuilt after a massive fire destroyed the facility one year ago.
Lobster shells and soil

University of Maine researchers are testing lobster shells to thwart potato soil pathogens

Diciembre 22, 2022
Scientists at the University of Maine are evaluating if lobster shells can cultivate beneficial microbial communities that ward off soil borne potato pathogens.
Steven B. Johnson, PhD, UMaine Cooperative Extension professor and crops specialist, poses in a field at the Aroostook Farm in Presque Isle in spring 2021. (Courtesy: Steven Johnson)

Maine’s foremost potato expert is bringing his expertise around the world

Agosto 06, 2022
Maine — Potato farmers depend on Steve Johnson. At least they did for 34 years. Now Johnson, who retired on June 30, is taking his expertise to other parts of the world.
Gregory Porter awarded Honorary Life Membership by the Potato Association of America.

Gregory Porter awarded Honorary Life Membership by the Potato Association of America

Julio 15, 2022
Gregory Porter, professor of agronomy in the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture, will receive an Honorary Life Membership from the Potato Association of America (PAA) at the organization’s annual meeting in July 2022.
McCain Foods is aiming to get its plant in Easton, Aroostook County, running off 50 percent solar power in the near future. (Courtesy: Gabor Degree / BDN)

McCain Foods building Aroostook Solar Projects to power Major Potato Processing Plant

Julio 15, 2022
Potato processor McCain Foods is building five solar facilities in Maine, that it says will help power the production of french fries in Easton, one of its largest plants.
Victor and Gloria Winslow family of Mapleton receive the 2022 Maine Potato Industry Recognition Award

Winslow family of Mapleton receives the 2022 Maine Potato Industry Industry Recognition Award

Junio 26, 2022
The Maine Potato Board has selected the Victor and Gloria Winslow family of Mapleton for the 2022 Maine Potato Industry Recognition Award. This year’s recognition is awarded under a new, broader category for individuals
Workers from Butler Farms watch bin piler unload thousands of potatoes into a former military storage facility at Loring Development Center. (Courtesy: Bangor Daily News)

Trucking shortage hinders sale of record Aroostook County potato harvest

Noviembre 16, 2021
Aroostook County (Maine, US) may have pulled a record potato harvest out of the ground this year, but transportation slowdowns and a driver shortage are making it difficult to get the crop to market.
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With over 80 percent of the Aroostook County (Maine) potato harvest complete, yields are expected to be above average. (Courtesy: Julia Bayly | BDN)

It's shaping up to be a banner year for Aroostook County (Maine) potatoes

Octubre 19, 2021
Don Flannery, president of the Maine Potato Board, is not calling it a record year — yet. But with over 80 percent of this season’s potatoes out of the ground, the longtime industry expert said yields are shaping up to be above average.
Aroostook County potato experts expect high quality crop in 2021

Aroostook County potato experts expect high quality crop in 2021

Septiembre 14, 2021
Aroostook County agricultural growers are predicting a higher quantity and quality of potato crop than was produced in 2020, due to the less severe weather this summer.
New University of Maine research hub to focus on Potato Virus Y

New University of Maine research hub to focus on Potato Virus Y

Agosto 22, 2021
Greater understanding of the biology of one of the most destructive plant viruses to potato crops will be the focus of a research hub at the University of Maine.


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