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2019 POTATOES USA RESEARCH ANNUAL REPORT

Topic: Production Research

Objective:

Learn about the 2019 accomplishments of the Potato Research Advisory Committee, the National Chip Program and the National Fry Processors Trial.

Highlights:

  • Convening a working group, Potatoes USA and collaborators overcame a longstanding barrier in the National Fry Processor Trials by developing a strategy to bring disease-free seed into Maine, ensuring improved data collection and variety assessment.
  • The Potatoes USA Research team drove communications and outreach campaigns for a research project led by the University of Wisconsin that aims to revolutionize potato breeding through diploid genetics.
  • Several new promising varieties made further headway in the National Chip Program, advancing through field trials and laboratory analysis to reach pre-commercial stages.
  • Following the re-launch of the Potato Sustainability Alliance, Potatoes USA staff stepped up to fill seats on steering committees focused on creating a common set of benchmarks around nutrient and pesticide management, greenhouse gas mitigation, soil health, and grower profitability.
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