Breeding, North America, Research

PAA: Maine potato researcher honored internationally for his work

While many have heard of the Caribou Russet variety of potato, many may not know one of the faces behind it’s creation. Brian Bouchard spoke with one of the researchers who is being honored internationally for his work in this week’s WAGM County Ag Report.

Greg Porter, Professor of Agronomy for the University of Maine says he never intended to become a researcher. His original plan after attending the University of Maine to study Soil Science was to come back to the county and farm potatoes, but was given the opportunity to pursue a research career by the University and hasn’t looked back.

“I’ve been at the university of Maine now for about 38 years. I do a range of research from crop production practices, soil management, crop management, helping develop new potato varieties, and then for the last 15 years I’ve led our university of Maine potato breeding program.”

This week Porter received the Honorary Life Membership Award from the Potato Association of America, the highest award they can bestow, for his intensive and dedicated work within the potato industry.

Source: WAGM. Read the full story and watch a video here
Photo: Greg Porter. Credit WAGM

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