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Potato News from Maine

UMaine receive grant for potato breeding and to improve quality and pest resistance
The USDA-NIFA has awarded a grant totaling $388,000 to the University of Maine to study potato breeding and improve quality and pest resistance in the eastern United States.
Potato researchers gather in Maine to find a solutions for the Blackleg disease
Researchers from all over the world were in Bangor for the '2017 Dickeya and Pectobacterium Summit', organized by the University of Maine Extension.
Dan Blackstone of Caribou, Maine has been selected as the 2018 Young Farmer of the Year
The Maine Potato Board has announced that Dan Blackstone of Caribou has been selected as the 2018 Young Farmer of the Year.
Even With Lack of Rain, Maine Potato Crop Looks Good
As the potato season in Maine is coming to an end, John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist for the University of Maine is reflecting on the season and what the harvest might bring.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Maine Potato Board Names 2017 Farm Family of the Year
The Maine Potato Board has selected the Steve and Fred Whited family of Bridgewater as the 2017 Farm Family of the Year.
To protect crops, farmers could promote potato beetle cannibalism
UMaine scientists say farmers could try to protect their potato crop by utilizing agricultural practices — including crop rotations and push-pull strategies — to create field conditions that favor Colorado potato beetle cannibalism.
Genetically engineered potatoes approved for Maine
With little fanfare, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control unanimously approved on Friday morning the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes that have been developed by Simplot Plant Sciences.
Tomorrow's Leaders Trained at 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute
The 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) provided training to 22 US potato growers and industry representatives in leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building and public communication.
Potato growers in Maine apply soil fumigation in a trial of McCain Foods
French Fry manufacturer McCain Foods has started trials examining soil fumigation with several of its potato growers in Maine (United States) and New Brunswick (Canada).
Field Peas show promise in Maine Potato Crop Rotation Research
In the search for a third rotation crop for potatoes, trials at the Aroostook Research Farm in Presque Isle are showing some promise for field peas, a crop that once had a successful run in the region until the 1970s.