Aug 28, 2023
Potato-focused projects part of nearly $73 million in USDA funding

Twenty projects benefiting the U.S. potato industry are part of $72.9 million in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program investments.

The potato-focused grants, announced last week, total $2.6 million for fiscal year 2023, according to a news release. The new round of funding, designed to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop products and create new market opportunities for U.S. specialty crop producers, marks $1 billion in program investment since 2006, according to the release.

Potato-focused projects include:

  • A joint project between the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and Colorado State University to improve market relations with Mexico by developing pre-shipment screening to detect the presence of potato mop-top virus in exports.
  • A project by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission to provide nutritional education on how to best utilize Michigan-produced potatoes to food-insecure and bilingual audiences across the state.
  • An Oregon State University project to develop new products for sprout inhibition or suppression in potatoes as alternatives to currently used chemical chlorpropham, now banned in the European Union.
  • A Washington State University project to expand the utility of cellulose nanofibers as protectants against potato diseases.
  • A University of Idaho project to develop tools for growers to effectively manage potato early die complex based on soil testing.

A full list of potato-related projects and funding is available here.


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