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Wisconsin potato farms suffer because of weather

Step aside dairy, Wisconsin put the spotlight on spuds this week.

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association began their annual conference on Tuesday. From a potato-filled exhibit hall to a “Spudmobile” the event focused heavily on locally-grown potatoes.

One grower said his potatoes were hit hard by irregular weather this spring. “This has been one of the most difficult… from the wet cold spring to the really hot memorial day. Then, wet, freezing, and hot all within a month of each other,” said Andy Diercks, president of Coloma Farms.

Diercks and a representative from the association both said that buying locally-grown vegetables is the best way to help local farmers.

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