Nearly 100% of Montana’s seed potatoes are certified. Dr. Nina Zidak and Dr. Kate Fuller join the AgEconMT crew to discuss Montana’s seed potato industry and the current production concerns that the industry faces: the potato virus Y. Nina provides a detailed description of how Montana’s seed potato industry works and Kate shares information about the economic implications that potato diseases can have for producers, both in Montana and beyond. Nina and Kate also provide some insights about the research frontiers in the potato sector, with genetically modified potato varieties that are unlike any GM products you’ve likely heard. Grab a basket of french fries and get ready to learn about one of Montana’s hidden agricultural industry gems.
Have any follow up questions for Nina or Kate? Didn’t hear something that you know is a big issue in the northern Great Plains’ seed potato sector? Let us know.
(Intro and outro music by Trevor Sensor)