US: In potato country, a symposium of spuds expects to draw many

Maine’s annual summit of the spud will bring potato producers, crop specialists and farmers to the northern edge of the state for a two-day conference. The 32nd Annual Maine Potato Conference and Trade Show is scheduled to take place Wednesday and Thursday at the Caribou Inn & Convention Center in Caribou. The conference will include meetings about subjects such as soil health, pesticide use and the role of climate change in agriculture. Maine was the ninth-largest potato producing state in 2015. U.S. potato production is dominated by Idaho and Washington, with other major producers including Wisconsin and North Dakota. The potato harvest is a key piece of northern Maine’s cultural heritage, and the state’s potato industry is centered on northern Maine. Source: