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

December 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

August 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

July 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.
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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

July 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

June 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

November 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.
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

October 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

September 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

August 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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Vintage Maine Kitchen, a small batch, artisan potato chip company, will move into the former North Pownal General Store. The Pownal Board of Appeals unanimously approved the change last Thursday. (Courtesy: Andrew Hanscom)

Maine Potato chip company 'Vintage Maine Kitchen' finds a new home in Pownal

January 24, 2021
A new potato chip manufacturing facility promises to bring changes to small, rural Pownal.
Aerial view of the McCrum French Fry plant in Belfast, Maine. McCrum: 'Kiremko and Idaho Steel are our partners. We do not consider them as our suppliers.'

Maine French Fry manufacturer McCrum: 'Kiremko and Idaho Steel are our partners.'

December 22, 2020
McCrum: 'This project with Kiremko and Idaho Steel was a big project for our family. Trust with Kiremko and Idaho Steel has grown from day one. Our family considers them as partners now.'
Two University of Maine researchers, Greg Porter and Han Tan are part of a team of plant geneticists and breeders working to develop tools to improve potato breeding

Maine researchers are developing genomic tools for potato breeders

December 08, 2020
Two University of Maine researchers, Greg Porter and Han Tan, are part of a team of plant geneticists and breeders working to develop tools that will help Maine scientists and farmers become more efficient in bringing novel, improved potato varieties to market.

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