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US potato specialist to go on sabbatical in Australia

Dr. Steve Johnson, a full professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spends most of his time at the Aroostook Research Farm in Presque Isle. That won’t be the case starting this December when Dr. Johnson goes on sabbatical.

(Johnson) I have applied for and been granted an opportunity to go learn about potato production and help some growers in another country, another area. I’ve chosen Australia because I can be gone during our winter and it’s there growing season, and I don’t miss one of our growing seasons.

Dr. Johnson has taken sabbatical to Australia before, visiting the country in 1995. For this particular trip, he will be gone for three months, lasting through February.

(Johnson) I’m developing some accessible education modules that growers and particularly seed growers and others can access on potato diseases, seed production, seed handling.

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