Oct 14, 2011Potato industry receives $3.7 million acrylamide research grant
The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the approval of a $3.7 million dollar grant to fund research to reduce Acrylamide levels in potato products. Securing this grant was an industry priority; it was submitted to the USDA by a consortium of prominent potato researchers and plant breeders, and was developed with major input from key stakeholders in the fresh, frozen processed and chip sectors along with all major potato growing areas in the United States. Representatives from these sectors and the end-user community make up the project’s Advisory Committee.
Growers and end users, as members of the active Advisory Committee, will be involved in reviewing project activities and advising researchers and breeders on the practical applicability of research outcomes. The direct involvement of the project Advisory Committee was a key to the approval of the research proposal and will be the foundation of ongoing activities of the project.