New public-private partnership to improve seed potato production in Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has a new partner to improve the efficiency of seed potato production at the Starks Early Generation Seed Potato Farm in Rhinelander, according to a news release from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The farm, part of the university’s Seed Potato Certification Program, produces early generation seed potatoes for Wisconsin producers and other farmers for a fee.

Under the arrangement, the private Wisconsin Potato Coalition (WPC) will manage the approximately 100 acres of early generation seed potatoes along with several hundred acres of rotation crops. The WPC’s goal is to provide clean, early-generation foundation seed to the Wisconsin potato industry. University scientists and inspectors with the Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program will continue to utilize their expertise in plant pathogens, disease management, and diagnostics to perform the early steps in the seed potato production process and to oversee overall testing and certification for the program.